Performance Control uses a computer to monitor the rate of wheel spin and adjusts power or braking to keep the car in line in curves – cutting down the power on the inside wheels rather than completely cutting power.
Standard Mini Connected was loaded with features – a Command Center for vehicle information, entertainment, trip computer info, and phone calls/texts; a navi system with real-time traffic; a dynamic LED ring changes color in response to speed, driving mode, audio volume, climate control, or interior lighting; Green Route when Green Mode is selected to help determine the most economical route to the destination; Mini touch controller with simple buttons or handwriting recognition on the touch pad (on the center console); Twitter; Minimalism analyzer (the driving behavior game with goldfish); Life 360 to monitor the location of family and friends, start route guidance or call; Pandora, web radio, Spotify, Rhapsody, TuneIn, Audible, and Glympse safe, temporary location sharing.
Of course, Mini still has the toggle switches for various functions, although the hybrid switches to yellow for the ignition.
My tester had room for five, although the rear middle was slightly less-comfortable. Heated front seats were standard, Sport front seats and steering wheel were optional. The rear seat was raised slightly to accommodate the electric drivetrain. The rear seatback could be folded 40/20/40 to customize seating and cargo arrangements.
SiriusXM Radio added $300, Melting Silver paint added $500, the Tech Package added $2,250, and destination charges added $850 to the base price, for a total delivered price of $40,700.
The Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid was fun to drive, without worrying about charging. The change from gasoline to electric was imperceptible, and the go-cart ride was actually enjoyable.
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