Dial of Doom Frustrates on Long Trip - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: Dial of Doom Frustrates on Long Trip

July 1, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

In early June, I set out in our 2014 Mini Cooper on what I expected to be a 2,400-mile road trip up along the west coast. As with most road trips, things changed. We ended up totaling 3,014 miles!

As with any epic road trip, music is a must. I synced my iPhone 6 to the Bluetooth with relative ease, then my friend and I hit the road. We had a little more than seven hours before making our first camp in Coloma, Calif., and during that time we discovered the frustration of the Mini's menu dial.

The dial of doom can be turned and also toggled to make selections through the menu. What happens most of the time is it toggles when you want it turn, and turns when you want it toggle. Thus you end up shuffling through a litany of screens that you're not interested in.

2014 Mini Cooper

Couple this headache with the parking brake's relationship to the armrest and I'm one unhappy driver with bruised knuckles and no tunes. There's not a lot of real estate on the parking lever to begin with and when I would pull it up, my hand was pinched under the armrest.

2014 Mini Cooper

This whole region of the car is generally pretty dissatisfying.

Come back for additional impressions and a bunch of photography to follow in next updates.

Joe Martinez, Videographer/Editor @ 14,049 miles

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