2014 Mini Cooper: Keyless Ignition, But Not Entry
January 5, 2015
Our long-term 2014 Mini Cooper has keyless ignition. Great, there's no need to fish the key fob dingus from one's pocket/purse/jacket/hair! Just walk up to the Mini, get in and fire it up! The ultimate in convenience!
However, our Mini doesn't have keyless entry. So one has to fish the key fob dingus from one's pocket/purse/jacket/hair anyway. And considering that the dingus ultimately ends up in one's hand anyway, keyless ignition winds up being, well, kinda dumb.
It's true, in the absence of keyless entry, keyless ignition is fairly useless. In the Mini's case, keyless ignition is standard equipment. Keyless entry (Comfort Access) was a stand-alone option on our 2014 model year car but was not in the Premium Package (for 2015, Comfort Access is now offered as part of the Premium Package or as a stand-alone option).
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor