Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Driv­ing a car as iconic as the BMW Mini Cooper can be an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, ev­ery time. When we took the new BMW Mini Cooper Coun­try­man for a spin we pretty much knew what to ex­pect, but there was an el­e­ment of sur­prise all along the way. THE FUN The Coun­try­man is un­doubt­edly a very pow­er­ful car, it is also a very young car. So you have a sun­roof in case you want to let your hair fly. Then there is the state-of-art en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem that in­cor­po­rates your phones so that you drive safe all the time. The vis­ual boost sys­tem built into the cen­tral speedome­ter lets you take con­trol of your mu­sic as you would on a top of the range au­dio sys­tem. It lists all the ra­dio sta­tion, you mu­sic files and, in case you are synced us­ing the iPhone app, even Twit­ter and Face­book up­dates. The mu­sic is top notch, even with just FM ra­dio, and that is be­cause of the Harman/Kar­don hi-fi loud­speaker sys­tem that pow­ers the car. It is as if the en­gine and the speak­ers have a small com­pe­ti­tion of their own to see who per­forms best.

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