R56 MINI speedometer
  • R56 MINI speedometer
  • BMW has seen fit to place the MINI's gigantic speedometer right in the center of the dash. A slew of double-sided buttons control audio features.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • We like the placement of the tachometer directly in front of the driver, but the most important part of the rev-range is almost always obscured by the steering wheel. Further, we wonder why its secondary controls are confusingly located on a stalk to the left of the steering wheel.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • This small series of buttons are hinged at the center and control various functions depending on what mode the audio system is in. Their Chiclet-size and close proximity to each other occasionally make them hard to use.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • Oddly, the volume control knob for the audio system sits alone under the slot-loading disc drive, far away from the rest of the audio controls.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • This series of buttons and toggle switches control various functions, including the climate control, windows, locks, and auxiliary lighting. Directly above is the audio system's volume control knob.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • The view from the back seat shows how stylish the R56 MINI's interior appears.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • The pair of four-way pads on the steering wheel offer loads of functionality and look good, but they can be easily confused for one another.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • This may be the largest speedometer in the history of the automobile. It fits the cheeky theme well, but it's a bit large, even for our tastes.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • We wonder why the audio system's volume control know is so lonely. Don't be surprised if you unwittingly grab the similarly-sized and shaped knob above it, only to get a nasty surprise.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • The MINI's center console is the least stylish piece in an otherwise handsome interior. It's also all too easy to activate the window dip-switches when grabbing your Venti-sized Starbucks.
  • R56 MINI Interior
  • The unlabeled two-sided buttons have different functions depending on what menu is displayed above them. It's a clever idea that has been executed more clearly on other vehicles with larger screens.

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