The must-have accessories for your new Mini
And then there's the recent news that Minis hold their value better than any other car in the hatchback market, something that is worth considering when it comes to 'selling on' time.
One element that helps keep residual values high is the impressive array of desirable optional extras available on the popular runaround. But customers must tread a fine line when specifying new cars.
Go too crazy with the garish personalisation choices and you run the risk of alienating potential buyers, but choose the perfect mix of desirable tech, in-demand safety functions and practical niceties and you're on for a winner.
Here's our pick of the best optional extras for the 2014 Mini Cooper hatch.
17-inch Tentacle Spoke alloy wheels
£970 (£450 for MINI Cooper S), £450 if purchased with a chilli pack or free with chilli pack on MINI Cooper S
Minis are far more attractive when they are made to look a little sporty but go wild with enormous 18-inch alloys and you run the risk of ruining the well-balanced ride in the latest model. These 17-inch 'Tentacle' numbers fill the arches nicely, yet still offer a compliant driving experience that won't cause spinal injuries.
Piano black interior surfaces
£125 (£75 MINI Cooper S)
Nothing makes a car feel premium and upmarket like a nice piano black finish to the interior surfaces. It means the cheap, slightly rough-to-the-touch plastics of lesser models are replaced with a high shine coating that, when cared for properly, will continue to look stylish in years to come.
Multifunction steering wheel
£215 or included with following options: Media Pack XL, Chili Pack, John Cooper Works steering wheel, Enhanced Bluetooth
The latest Mini is jam-packed with innovative tech and to make the most of an updated infotainment system, it's a good idea to have all controls at the driver's fingertips. The multifunction steering wheel takes care of the hands-free telephone, controls the entertainment system and operates cruise control among other things.
Media XL Pack
£1,575 or £1,175 if specced with a Chili Pack and Head-up Display £375
Funky interiors have always been a Mini USP and the oversized central speedo was a talking point when the car was first revealed 14 years ago. Unfortunately, it wasn't particularly well placed for easy speed readouts, so a glorious 8.8-inch screen with a neat LED lighting surround now fills that area. The XL pack adds that aforementioned large screen, enhanced Bluetooth and phone preparation, voice control and a touchpad for easy, gesture inputs. Adding the Head-Up display tops off the package nicely, as it places cutting-edge tech - usually the reserve of ultra-premium models - into an everyday car. The retractable display can host sat-nav instructions, entertainment information and safety warnings.
Genuine Mini roof box
Although the latest generation of Mini has attempted to increase storage space, it remains a deliberately diminutive machine. There will be times when more space for luggage and everyday accoutrements is essential (especially if you have children) so adding an aerodynamic and ultra-stylish roof box isn't a bad idea. It can be easily removed when not in use to make sure you're not spoiling the impressive fuel economy figures.
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