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MINI Nav XL £950 op­tion Key fea­tures: Wire­less charg­ing, nav

MINI’S stan­dard Vis­ual Boost nav­i­ga­tion and ra­dio sys­tem fea­tures a 6.5-inch dis­play that is con­trolled via an in­tu­itive ro­tary dial on the cen­tre con­sole. It’s easy to op­er­ate, but our money would go on the £950 Me­dia pack fit­ted here, adding the Nav­i­ga­tion XL sys­tem.

The clear 8.8-inch unit adds touch­screen ca­pa­bil­ity, although we still find it eas­ier to use the ro­tary con­troller. It’s got the mea­sure of the Mit­subishi’s dated touch­screen and ri­vals the Golf for us­abil­ity, but there are still lots of sub-menus to nav­i­gate.

It also adds wire­less phone charg­ing via a mount in the cen­tre arm­rest, and a head-up dis­play. En­hanced Blue­tooth im­proves sound qual­ity for phone calls and mu­sic screen­ing, while there’s also com­pat­i­bil­ity with smart­phones and smart watches through MINI’S Con­nected app. Ap­ple Carplay or An­droid Auto are not yet avail­able, how­ever, which marks it down, but this tech will be added to the range from this month.

CON­TROL MINI’S idrive con­troller is easy to use on the move, and you can use it to ad­just the hy­brid set­tings

DIS­PLAY Large cir­cu­lar dis­play fea­tures sat-nav and 8.8-inch screen with touch func­tion as stan­dard

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