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opening/closing process stops immedi- ately.

When leaving the vehicle, always remove the ignition key from the lock

and remember to close the doors, e.g. to prevent children from operating the power windows and injuring themselves.<


To prevent injuries, exercise care when closing the glass sunroof and

keep it in your field of vision until it is shut. Make sure that the closing path of the sun- roof is clear. When leaving the vehicle, always remove the ignition key from the lock and remem- ber to close the doors, e.g. to prevent chil- dren from operating the sunroof and injur- ing themselves. Be sure that adequate clearance is main- tained for the opening path of the glass sunroof; otherwise damage can occur.<

Convenience operation For convenience operation using the remote control refer to page 24, for opera- tion via the door lock refer to page 25.

Do not use force to close the glass sunroof in its raised position, as dam-

age to the mechanism could result.<

After the ignition has been switched off: You can continue using the electric power windows for a limited period as long as no one opens any of the doors. If a door is opened during operation, the opening/closing process stops immedi- ately.

To raise From ignition key position 1: Press the switch or push the switch backwards to the resis- tance point.

Automatic opening and closing From ignition key position 2: To open: Push the switch back past the point of resistance: The sunroof opens completely.

To open and close From ignition key position 1: 1. Push the switch in the desired direction until you feel resistance, and hold in this position

2. Release the switch when the desired

sunroof position has been reached.

To close: 1. Press the switch past the pressure point: The sunroof closes to the raised position

2. Press the switch again and keep it

depressed: The sunroof closes completely.

Touching the switch briefly during opening and closing stops the movement immedi- ately.



Manual opening and closing In the event of an electrical malfunction, you can also open and close the glass sun- roof manually: 1. Push the clock towards the interior and


2. Use an Allen key to turn the glass sun-

roof in the direction required.

1 Opening 1. Press the button in the handle, arrow 1

The cap is unlocked

2. Guide the roller sun blind towards the


2 Closing 1. Use the handle to pull the roller sun

blind forwards

2. Engage the handle in the device,

arrow 2.


Pinch protection If, while closing, the glass sunroof encoun- ters resistance within roughly the last 8 in / 20 cm, the closing procedure is interrupted and the roof reopens.

Despite the pinch protection, be extremely careful that the travel path of the sunroof is not obstructed whenever it is closed. Otherwise, it is not guaranteed that the closing procedure will be inter- rupted, for instance if the obstructions offer very little resistance. You can disable the pinch protection by pressing the switch past the pressure point and holding it.<

When closing the sunroof from the raised position, ensure that the travel path of the sunroof is not obstructed since the pinch protection is not active in this position.<



The ideal seating position can make a vital contribution to relaxed, relatively fatigue- free driving. Together with the safety belts and airbags, the seating position also plays an important role in providing occupants with maximum levels of passive safety in an accident. To ensure that the safety sys- tems operate with optimal efficiency, we strongly urge you to observe the instruc- tions contained in the following section. For additional information about trans- porting children safely, refer to page 38.

Sitting safely with airbags

Always maintain an adequate dis- tance between yourself and all of the airbags. Always hold the steering wheel by the rim with the hands at the 9 and 3 o'clock positions to keep any chance of injury to hands or arms to an absolute min- imum, should the airbag be deployed. No one and nothing is to come between the airbags and the seat occupant. Do not use the front passenger airbag cover as a storage surface for objects of any kind. Ensure that the front passenger is correctly seated, i.e. that no feet or legs are propped against the dashboad. Otherwise, leg injury could result if the front passenger airbag suddenly deployed. Never let an occupant's

head rest near or on a side airbag because the inflating airbag could cause a serious or fatal injury.<

Even if all these instructions are followed, it cannot entirely be ruled out that in some circumstances injury may result from con- tact with the airbags. In sensitive individu- als, the ignition and inflation noise may induce a mild hearing loss that is usually temporary. For airbag locations and additional infor- mation on airbags, refer to page 65.

Safe seating position with safety belt Fasten your safety belt before each drive. Airbags are an additional safety device and work in conjunction with the safety belts, but do not replace them. Your vehicle is equipped with four seats, each of which is provided with a safety belt.

At all times, occupants should sit upright and be properly restrained – infants and small children in appropriate child-restraint systems; larger children and adults using the safety belts. Expectant mothers should always wear their safety belts, taking care to position the lap belt against the lower hips, where it

will not exert pressure against the abdomi- nal area. Never allow more than one person to wear a single safety belt. Never allow infants or small children to ride in a passenger's lap. Do not route the belt across your neck, or run it across sharp edges. Be sure that the belt does not become caught or jammed. Avoid twisting the belt while routing it firmly across the hips and shoulder; wear it as snugly against your body as possible and do not allow it to rest against sharp or frag- ile objects. Otherwise, the belt could slide over your hips in the event of a frontal impact and cause abdominal injury. Avoid wearing bulky clothing and pull on the lap belt periodically to retension it over your shoulder. Otherwise, the safety belt's restraint effectiveness could be reduced.<

For information on using the safety belts, refer to page 35.



Important adjustment information

Never try to adjust your seat while operating the vehicle. The seat could

respond with an unexpected movement, and the ensuing loss of vehicle control could lead to an accident. While driving, do not recline the backrest too far toward the rear. This especially applies to the front passenger side. If you do so, there is a risk that you will slide under the safety belt in an accident, thus reducing the protection provided by the safety belt.<


Longitudinal adjustment 1. Lift the handle 2. Push the seat into the desired position 3. After releasing the handle, apply pres-

sure to the seat to ensure that the latch engages securely.

Height adjustment 1. To raise:

Pull the handle up repeatedly, continu- ing until the seat reaches the desired height

2. To lower:

Push the handle repeatedly, continuing until the seat reaches the desired height.



Lumbar support* You can adjust the contour of the backrest for additional support in the curvature of your spine's lumbar region. The upper hips and spinal column receive supplementary support to help you maintain a relaxed, upright posture. Turn the wheel. The contour is strengthened or weakened.

Backrest tilt 1. Pull up the lever at the inside of the seat 2. Apply weight to or remove weight from

the backrest as required

3. Release the lever so that the backrest

locks into place.

Adjusting To raise: pull the head restraint upward. To lower: press the button and push the head restraint downward.

You can reduce the risk of spinal injury and whiplash by adjusting the head restraint to a height at which it is cen- tered roughly at ear level.<




Removal 1. Pull up the head restraint, continuing

until it is at maximum extension

2. Press the button and remove the head

restraint at the same time.

Installation 1. Press the button and at the same time

insert the head restraint in the reception points

2. Adjust the head restraint.

To avoid possible violation of traffic laws, never retract the head

restraints unless the rear seats are empty. Always ensure that the head restraints are raised before transporting passengers in the rear seat.<

Original position

Slide the seat back to its home posi- tion before folding back the backrest,

otherwise the seat is latched in at its cur- rent position. In this case, adjust the longi- tudinal position manually, refer to page 32.<

1. Push the seat back into its home posi-


2. Fold the backrest back to the home posi-

tion to lock the seat.

When returning the seat to the rear position, ensure that no one is

injured and that no objects are damaged. Engage and lock both seats and backrests into position prior to driving; otherwise unexpected movement could increase the risk of accident.<

Easy entry The Easy entry function includes a memory for the longitudinal seat and the backrest positions. 1. Push down the lever at the outside of

the seat, arrow 1. The backrest folds forward automati- cally

2. Push the seat forward, arrow 2.




To close Make sure you hear the lock engage in the belt buckle.

Fasten safety belts: the warning lamp lights up until after the safety belt is fastened. An acoustic signal

sounds for several seconds.

To release 1. Press the red button in the belt buckle 2. Hold the belt 3. Guide the belt back into its reel.

Safety belt height adjustment Use the height adjustment mechanism to adapt the safety belt to the ideal position for your own body: Press the button and at the same time push the entire unit upwards or downwards. Also observe the instructions on adjusting the seats on page 31.

Damaged safety belts

If the safety belts are damaged or stretched in an accident: have the safety belt system replaced by your MINI Dealer and the belt anchors checked, other- wise the safety function can no longer be guaranteed. If a child-restraint system was in the vehicle during an accident, consult the manufacturer's instructions regarding replacement.<

The seat cushion and backrest can be heated with the ignition key in position 2.

Select the temperature setting: Press each button briefly.

Direct deactivation from the second tem- perature setting: Press the button for a longer period.




Do not adjust the steering wheel while the vehicle is moving; other-

wise unexpected movement could increase the risk of accident.<

Outside mirror adjustment 1 Switch for choosing between the left and

right mirror

2 Switch for 4-way adjustment

Interior rearview mirror To reduce glare from vehicles behind you when you are driving at night: Tilt the lever forward.

Adjusting 1. Push the locking lever downward 2. Adjust the desired steering wheel posi-


3. Pull the lever back in.

Manual adjustment The mirrors can also be adjusted manually: Press the edge of the lens.

Electric heating* Both mirrors are heated automatically when the ignition key is in position 2.

Illuminated vanity mirror From ignition key position 1: 1. Fold down the sun visor 2. Fold the cover panel upwards.

Sun visors Can be swung sideways.




>Setting units for outside temperature and fuel consumption display, refer to page 57

>Setting units for display of temperatures

specified for automatic climate control system, refer to page 71

>Volume control PDC, refer to page 64
>Acoustic alarm for starting PDC activa-

tion, refer to page 64.

This symbol alerts you to Vehicle Memory functions in the Owner's


After memory functions have been reconfigured, your vehicle may oper-

ate slightly differently from the descrip- tions used in this Owner's Manual. If you decide to sell your MINI one day, please remember to have the memory functions reset to their default configuration.<

How the system functions No doubt you have often reflected on how great it would be if you could configure your vehicle's various adjustment settings to meet your own personal requirements. In developing this vehicle, the manufac- turer of the MINI has incorporated a num- ber of options that you or your MINI Dealer can program to suit your individual prefer- ences.

What the system can do Your MINI Dealer can provide you with details on the capabilities of the Vehicle Memory system. Examples for Vehicle Memory: >Automatic locking if none of the vehicle

doors are opened, refer to page 24

>Automatic locking after starting to drive,

refer to page 26

>Selective central locking system, refer to

pages 24, 25

>Convenience operation, refer to

pages 24, 25

>'Follow-me-home' lamps, refer to

page 48

>Daytime driving lamps, refer to page 49
>Speed-dependent windshield wipers,

refer to page 51


Interior mirror, automatic dimming* This mirror dims automatically as required. The mirror becomes clear again when you engage reverse gear or select position R on the selector lever. Keep the photocells free and clean to ensure that the mirror functions perfectly. There is one photocell in the mirror frame; the other is on the back of the mirror.

Do not cover the area between the inside rearview mirror and the wind- shield, and do not place stickers or toll tags on the windshield in front of the mirror.<


The proper place for children Children should always sit in the rear: Accident research shows that the safest place for children in a vehicle is in the rear seat. Older children should be tightly secured with a safety belt, after they have out- grown a booster seat that is appropriate for their age, height and weight.

A child sitting in the rear seat and not properly restrained may place his or

her head on or near the airbag, if so equipped. For example, a child – even though belted – may fall asleep with his or her head against the side airbag. It may be difficult for a driver to ensure that children in the rear seat will remain properly posi- tioned at all times and do not place their heads on or near the side airbag. Therefore, we recommend that the rear side airbags, if provided, be deactivated if you plan to transport children in the rear seat.<

Child-restraint system in the rear

Children under 13 years of age and children less than 5 ft / 150 cm tall

should always ride in the rear and the restraint systems should be secured with the vehicle's safety belts.<

Younger children should be secured in an appropriate forward-facing child-restraint system that has first been properly restrained. We strongly urge you to care- fully read and comply with the instructions for installation and use provided by the child-restraint's manufacturer whenever you use such a device. All rear seating positions in your vehicle meet the recommendations of SAE J1819, an industry-recommended practice for securing child-restraint systems in motor vehicles.

Exception for the front passenger seat Never install a rearward-facing child- restraint system in the front passen-

ger seat of this vehicle if the passenger's airbag is not deactivated. If you do so, the child could be severely injured or killed when the airbag is triggered. Your vehicle is equipped with an airbag supplemental restraint system for the front passenger. Because the backrest on any rearward-fac- ing child-restraint system – of the kind designed for infants under 1 year and 20 Ibs / 9 kg – would be within the airbag's deployment range, you should never mount such a system in the front passen- ger seat, since the impact of the airbag against the child restraint's backrest could lead to serious or fatal injuries.<


To unlock the belt Release the buckle, remove the child- restraint system and allow the belt retrac- tor to reel the belt completely in.


Installing child-restraint systems Before installing any child-restraint system or child seat, read the following:

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions concerning installation

and use; otherwise the system's protective function could be impaired. After an accident, have all parts of the affected safety belt system inspected and/ or replaced by your MINI Dealer.<

Commercially available child-restraint sys- tems are designed to be secured with a lap belt or with the lap belt portion of a combi- nation lap/shoulder belt. Improperly or inadequately installed restraint systems can increase the risk of injury to children. Always read and follow the instructions that come with the system.

Child seat security All of the rear belt retractors and the front passenger's safety belt can be locked for mounting and securing child-restraint sys- tems. Information regarding this is located near the buckle latch of each safety belt.

To lock the belt Pull the entire length of the belt from the belt retractor. Allow the reel to retract the belt somewhat and engage the buckle, then tighten the belt against the child- restraint system. The retraction mechanism is now locked.



Child-restraint system with tether strap If you use a child-restraint system with a tether strap: Depending on the location selected for seating in the rear passenger area, attach the tether strap to the corresponding anchorage point to secure the child- restraint system.

Both seating positions are fitted with a head restraint. Lift the head restraint and pass the tether strap between the head restraint and the seat back. It is recommended to readjust the head restraint into the lowest possible position. Adjust the tether strap according to the child-restraint manufacturer's instructions.

LATCH child-restraint mounting system Open the cover. The illustration is an example showing the mounts for the LATCH, Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren, child-restraint mount- ing system at the right rear. The system is also available at the left rear position. Canadian models only: The LATCH anchorage points are identified by buttons, see illustration.

Always follow all manufacturer's instructions and observe all safety precautions when installing the LATCH child-restraint system.<




1 Steering unlocked Individual electrical accessories are ready for operation. You will find that it is often easier to turn the ignition key from position 0 to position 1 when you move the steering wheel slightly to help disengage the lock.

2 Ignition switched on All electrical accessories are ready for oper- ation.

3 Starting the engine

Vehicles with manual transmission: Step on the clutch when starting the vehicle. A lockout prevents the engine from starting if the clutch is not depressed.<

Do not let the engine warm up with the vehicle at a standstill. Move off

immediately at a moderate engine speed.<

Do not allow the engine to run in enclosed spaces. Breathing the nox-

ious exhaust gases can lead to uncon- sciousness and death. The exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless, but highly toxic gas. Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running. This is a safety hazard. When driving, standing at idle, and parking the vehicle, take care to avoid contact between the hot exhaust system and flam- mable materials, e.g. hay, grass, leaves, etc. Such contact could lead to a fire resulting in serious personal injury and property dam- age.<


0 Steering locked The key can be inserted or removed in this position only.

To lock the steering: 1. Remove the key 2. Turn the steering wheel slightly to the

left or right until the lock engages.

A sound alarm goes off if the key remains in the ignition after opening the driver's door.

Vehicles with Continuously Variable auto- matic Transmission (CVT): Do not move the selector lever from position P until the engine is running. The ignition key cannot be turned to position 0 and removed until the selector lever is in position P, interlock.

Manual transmission 1. Engage the parking brake 2. Put the manual gearshift lever in neutral 3. Press the clutch pedal 4. Start the engine.

Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT) 1. Press the footbrake 2. Put the selector lever in position P or N 3. Start the engine.

Move the gearshift lever to neutral position and engage the parking

Move the selector lever to position P and engage the parking brake before

brake before leaving your vehicle with the engine running. Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running. This is a safety haz- ard.<

leaving your vehicle with the engine run- ning. Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running. This is a safety haz- ard.<


Starting When starting the engine, do not press the accelerator pedal.

Do not actuate the starter for too short a time. Do not turn it for more than approx. 20 seconds. Release the igni- tion key immediately when the engine starts. Extended starting attempts, characterized by excessively frequent or long periods with the starter engaged, can lead to dam- age in the catalytic converter.<

If the engine does not start on the first attempt, for instance if the engine is very hot or cold: When starting the engine, press the gas pedal down halfway.

When first starting the engine at very low temperatures, from +57 / –156: When starting the engine, press the gas pedal down halfway. For the initial start attempt, allow the starter to remain engaged somewhat longer, approx. 10 seconds.



You should never remove the ignition key when the vehicle is in motion, as

the steering lock could engage. When you leave the vehicle, always remove the ignition key and engage the steering lock. When you park on downward slopes, engage the parking brake.<

Manual transmission Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0.

Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT) Engage selector lever position P, turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0.

If, in exceptional circumstances, it should be necessary to engage the

parking brake while the vehicle is in motion, do not pull the lever with excessive pressure. Keep your thumb pressed against the release button while carefully pulling the lever up to apply moderate pressure. Excessive pressure can lead to overbraking and loss of traction, i.e. fishtailing, at the rear axle. The brake lamps do not come on when the parking brake is engaged. Vehicles with manual transmission: Always engage the parking brake when parking on hills and inclined surfaces, as first gear or reverse may not provide ade- quate resistance to rolling. Vehicles with CVT: Place the selector lever in P.<

To avoid corrosion and one-sided braking, apply the parking brake

lightly from time to time when coasting to a standstill, for instance at a traffic light, provided that it is safe to do so.<


The parking brake is designed primarily to prevent the vehicle from rolling when it is parked. It operates against the rear wheels.

To engage Lever automatically locks in position. The indicator lamp in the instrument clus- ter lights up from ignition key position 2, refer to page 16.

To release 1. Pull up slightly 2. Press the button 3. Push the lever downwards.


6-speed transmission*

When changing gear in the 5th/6th gear plane, press the gearshift lever to the right to prevent inadvertently shift- ing to a gear of the 3rd/4th gear plane.<

Reverse gear Before selecting reverse gear, ensure the vehicle is stationary; then, fully depress the clutch pedal and pause briefly before mov- ing the gearshift lever into position. 5-speed transmission: Press the gearshift lever to the right and to the back. 6-speed transmission: Press the gearshift lever towards the left. Thereby overcome the slight resistance and press forward. As you do this, the backup lamps will turn on automatically when the ignition key is in position 2.

Do not hold the vehicle in place on slopes by slipping or 'riding' the clutch. Use the parking brake instead. Riding the clutch causes the clutch assem- bly to wear out sooner.<



You can drive with a continuously variable shifting CVT. In addition, you can also shift manually. When in manual selection mode, you have the option of changing gears by using either the selector lever or the shift paddles on the steering wheel. Under normal operating conditions, fuel consumption is lowest when driving in position D.

Selector lever positions

P R N D M/S + –

To prevent the vehicle from starting off on its own, always move the

selector lever to position P and engage the parking brake before getting out of your vehicle with the engine running. Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running. This is a safety haz- ard.<

If the selector lever is not placed in position P when the vehicle is parked,

the position display of the selector lever stays on. This can lead to battery dis- charge.<


Range selection Inadvertent engaging of certain selector lever positions is prevented by a lock. Press the button on the front side of the selector lever knob. The lock is released.

While the vehicle is stationary, and before shifting out of P or N, press the brake pedal in order to disengage the selec- tor lever lock mechanism, shiftlock. If the engine speed is too high when the vehicle is at a standstill, the selector lever is also blocked to protect the transmission. Hold the brake pedal down until starting off. Otherwise the vehicle will 'creep' when a drive position is engaged.<


P Park Select P only when the vehicle is completely stopped. The transmission locks to prevent the rear wheels from turning.

R Reverse Select P only when the vehicle is completely stopped.

N Neutral: idle Select N only if your journey is interrupted for a long period.

D Drive: CVT driving position This position is designed for driving under all normal operating conditions.

Kickdown In 'kickdown' mode, you achieve maximum acceleration and maximum speed in position D. Press the accelerator pedal past the increased resistance point at the full-throt- tle position.


M/S + – Manual mode and Sport program Switch from D into M/S + –: Activates the Sport program and displays SD in the gear indicator in the speedome- ter. Press selector lever once: Shifts from the Sport program to the man- ual mode.

Shifting with the selector lever >Press selector lever briefly towards +:

Transmission shifts upwards

>Press selector lever briefly towards –:

Transmission shifts back.

1 to 6 appear in the gear indicator.

Shifting on the steering wheel* The shift paddles allow the gears to be changed rapidly and, above all, safely, since both hands can remain on the steering wheel. Use one of the two shift paddles to shift upwards or downwards: >Pull shift paddle toward body: Transmission shifts upwards

>Push shift paddle away from body:

Transmission shifts back.

1 to 6 appear in the gear indicator. The transmission will only execute upshifts or downshifts that will result in a plausible combination of vehicle speed and engine rpm, e.g. downshifts that would result in excessive engine speed are not executed.


In order to accelerate rapidly in the M/S + – Manual mode and in the Sport program, e.g. when passing, shift downwards manually or by kickdown.<

Whenever you want to return to automatic shifting, just move the selector lever toward the left to position D. Switching from M/S + – Manual mode into the selector lever positions P, R and N is only possible via D.

Avoid high engine loads. Please pro- ceed to the nearest MINI Dealer.<

Do not work in the engine compart- ment when a drive gear – forward or

reverse – is engaged. If you do this, the vehicle could move.<

Jump-starting and towing, refer to pages 126, 128.<

Available displays

P R N D SD 1 2 3 4 5 6 EP

Electronic transmission control module If there is a malfunction in the transmission system, EP appears in the display. All selector lever positions can still be selected. In positions for driving forward: the vehicle can now only be driven with a limited gear selection.



'Follow me home' lamps If you activate the headlamp flasher after having switched off the engine and the lights, the low beams will stay lit for a pre- set period of time.

Daytime driving lamps* If you desire, the light switch can be left in position 2. When the ignition is switched off, the car's exterior lights go out.

The automatic headlamp range con- trol for xenon lamps only operates with the light switch in position 1 or 2.<

You can have the daytime driving lamp function activated/deactivated

by your MINI Dealer.<

Switching on the parking lamps Turn to the first position. The front, rear and side vehicle lighting is switched on. Parking light on one side, refer to following column.

Switching on the low beams Turn to the second position. With the low beams on and with the ignition switched off, only the parking lamps will remain on.

You can have this function set by your MINI Dealer.<

Standing lamps, left or right For parking, you can activate lights on one side of the vehicle. Observe local laws. 1. Turn the ignition key to position 0 or

remove the key

2. Switch on the low beams 3. Move the lever to the adequate turn sig-

nal indicator position.

'Lights on' warning If the lights have not been switched off and the ignition key is in position 0, an acoustic signal sounds for a few seconds when you open the driver's door to remind you that the lights have not been switched off.




1 Turn signal indicator:

Green indicator lamps and periodic click- ing sound from the relay

2 High beams/Headlamp flasher:

Blue indicator lamp

To signal briefly Press the lever up to but not beyond the point of resistance.

If the blinking of the indicator lamp and the clicking from the relay are both faster than normal: one of the turn signal indicators has failed.<

To control the instrument lighting, press the button.

To increase the illumination intensity Keep the button pressed until the desired brightness is reached.

To decrease the illumination intensity Press the button briefly. With each brief pressing of the button, the illumination intensity is reduced in steps.

When the parking lamps/low beams are switched on: Briefly press the switch upwards or down- wards. Briefly press once again to switch off.

Fog lamps*

Fog lamps switched on: Green light-emitting diode in the switch lights up.

Rear fog lamp*

Rear fog lamp switched on: Yellow light-emitting diode in the switch lights up.

Observe all legal regulations concerning the use of fog lamps.




Footwell and cargo area lamps These lamps are controlled in the same way as the interior light.

Switching the reading lamps on and off Press button 2.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) Light-emitting diodes installed behind translucent lenses serve as the light sources for many of the controls and dis- plays in your vehicle. These light-emitting diodes are related to conventional lasers, and legislation defines them as light-emit- ting diodes, Class 1.

Do not remove the protective lens and avoid staring directly at the unfil- tered beam for several hours, as inflamma- tion of the retina could result.<

0 Wipers parked 1 Intermittent operation or rain sensor 2 Normal wiper speed 3 Fast wiper speed 4 Brief wipe 5 Clean windshield and headlamps

Intermittent operation Not on vehicles with rain sensor. The interval time for the wipers is depen- dent on the vehicle speed.

Rain sensor* The rain sensor is located on the wind- shield, directly in front of the interior rear- view mirror. When the rain sensor is activated, the

The interior light is controlled automati- cally.

Switching the interior lamps on and off manually Press button 1 briefly.

Permanently turn off interior light: Press button 1 until the interior light comes on briefly. To reverse this condition, repeat the proce- dure.



windshield wipers are automatically con- trolled depending on the amount of mois- ture, including snow, on the windshield.

To activate the rain sensor: From ignition key position 1: Lever in position 1. The wipers move over the windshield once. To deactivate the rain sensor: Put lever in position 0.

Switch the rain sensor off when pass- ing through an automatic car wash.

Failure to do so could result in damage caused by undesired wiper activation.<

Normal wiper speed When the vehicle is stationary, the wipers switch automatically to intermittent wip- ing.

You can have this function activated/ deactivated by your MINI Dealer.<

Fast wiper speed When the vehicle is stationary, the wipers switch automatically to normal wiper speed.

You can have this function activated/ deactivated by your MINI Dealer.<

Cleaning windshield and headlamps* The system sprays washer fluid against the windshield. The wipers are automatically activated for a brief period. When the vehicle lighting is on, the head- lamps are also cleaned at appropriate inter- vals.

Do not use the washers if there is any danger that the fluid will freeze on

the windshield. For this reason, use an anti- freeze agent, refer to page 98
Do not use the washers when the reservoir is empty, since this could cause damage to the washing pump.<

Heated windshield washer jets* The windshield washer jets are heated automatically when the ignition key is in position 2.

Rear window wiper 6 Intermittent operation:

Turn the cap to position 6. The rear window wiper moves across the window a number of times before switching to intermittent operation

Cleaning rear window 7 Intermittent operation:

Turn the cap to position 7 and hold in place

8 In lever position 0:

Turn the cap to position 8 and hold in place



On the multifunction steering wheel and sports steering wheel The vehicle maintains and stores any desired speed when driving above approx. 20 mph / 30 km/h. Vehicles with manual transmission must be driving in 3rd gear or higher.

Do not use cruise control on twisting roads, when high traffic density pre- vents driving at a constant speed, or when the road surface does not permit driving at a constant speed, e.g. due to snow, rain, ice, loose surfaces.<


To deactivate Press button 2 repeatedly until the indica- tor lamp goes out. The cruise control is deactivated when the ignition key is turned to position 0. The stored speed is cleared.

To activate via the multifunction steering wheel From ignition key position 1: Press button 2. The indicator lamp in the instrument clus- ter lights up. Cruise control is active.

To activate via the sports steering wheel 1. Start the engine 2. Press button 2. The indicator lamp in the instrument clus- ter lights up. Cruise control is active.

To continue cruise control Press button 1. The vehicle accelerates to and maintains the last speed stored.


To maintain and store speed or to accelerate Press button 3. The system maintains and stores the cur- rent vehicle speed. Every time you tap the button, the speed increases by approx. 1 mph / 2 km/h.

Press and hold button 3. The vehicle accelerates without pressure on the accelerator pedal. When you release the button, the system maintains and stores the current speed.

If, on a downhill gradient, the engine braking effect is not sufficient, the

controlled speed may be exceeded. Speed can drop on uphill grades if the engine out- put is insufficient.<

To decelerate Press button 4. If you are already driving with active cruise control, the speed is decreased by approx. 1 mph / 2 km/h every time you briefly tap the button.

Press and hold button 4. With the cruise control active, the system automatically reduces the throttle opening to slow the vehicle. When you release the button, the system maintains and stores the current speed.

To cancel the cruise control The cruise control is automatically can- celed: >When the brakes are applied >When the clutch pedal is depressed >If the cruise speed is either exceeded or not met for an extended length of time, for example if you press the accelerator pedal and exceed the stored speed.

The indicator lamp stays lit. You can use the cruise control again as required. On the multifunction steering wheel, the cruise control can be interrupted manually: When the system is activated, press button 2.





Do not operate the engine with the needle in the red overspeed zone of the gauge. To protect the engine, the power is reduced when you approach a certain engine speed in this sector.

1 Trip odometer To set to zero: With ignition key in position 1, press but- ton 3 until the trip odometer is at zero.

2 Odometer You can activate the displays shown in the illustration, with the ignition key in position 0, by pressing button 3 in the dis- play elements.

In the speedometer If the indicator light 1 begins to be lit con- tinuously, there are approx. 2.1 gallons / 8 liters of fuel in the tank. Fuel tank capacity: approx. 13.2 gallons / 50 liters. When you switch on the ignition, the indi- cator lamp lights up briefly to confirm that the system is operational. If the angle of the vehicle varies, for exam- ple when you are driving in mountainous areas, the needle may fluctuate slightly.

Refill the gas tank early. If you drive to the last drop of fuel, engine func- tions are not guaranteed and damage can occur.<




In the navigation system

Please also comply with the instruc- tions in the previous section.<

If the indicator light 1 changes from orange to red, there are approx. 2.1 gallons / 8 liters of fuel in the tank.

Low temperature The needle is at the bottom or on the right of the range. The engine is still cold. Drive at moderate engine and vehicle speeds.

Center position Normal operating temperature of the engine.

High temperature As soon as there is a deviation from the center position upwards or to the left: Drive moderately and at low engine speed. If necessary, switch off the engine and allow it to cool down. Checking coolant level, refer to page 100.

1 Red indicator lamp When you switch on the ignition, warning lamp 1 comes on briefly to confirm that the system is operational. Lights up while driving: Engine is too hot. Switch off the engine immediately and allow it to cool down.

Navigation system option

Coolant temperature warning lamp in the speedometer lights up while driving:

Engine is too hot. Switch off the engine immediately and allow it to cool down.




The onboard computer bases its calcula- tions of the remaining distance on your driving style in the period immediately pre- ceding your data request. The remaining distance display counts backwards in steps of 35 miles / 50 km to the next service. A flashing message and a minus sign in front of the display that again begins counting forwards mean that the service interval has been exceeded. Please contact your MINI Dealer for an appointment. The remaining-distance display disappears after approx. 5 seconds and changes to the odometer and trip odometer display. For more information on the service inter- val display, refer to page 102.

Remaining distance for service The distance remaining before the next scheduled service is displayed in miles / kilometers with the ignition key in position 1 or higher. The display also indicates whether an engine oil service and/or an inspection is due.

Settings From ignition key position 1: Left button: hours Right button: minutes.

Move forward in increments: Press the button or fast forward: Press and hold the button.

Changeover from 24-hour to 12-hour mode: Press both buttons at the same time for approx. 5 seconds.



Outside temperature If the vehicle is equipped with a tachome- ter, but not with an onboard computer, the outside temperature is displayed.

You can have the units 6 or 7 set by your MINI Dealer.<

Mode selection With the ignition key in position 1 and higher, you can use the button in the turn signal indi- cator lever to retrieve information from the onboard computer for display in the tachom- eter. By pressing the button briefly, you can call up a new function for display. The displays appear in the following order: Outside temperature, range, average con- sumption and current consumption, aver- age speed and current speed. Starting with ignition key position 1, the last active setting is displayed.

If the vehicle is equipped with a navi- gation system, you will find more

information on the onboard computer in the navigation system Owner's Manual.<

Ice warning If the outside temperature falls below approx. 37 7 / +36, the onboard com- puter automatically switches to the outside temperature display. In addition, an acoustic signal can be heard and the display flashes for a short time.

The ice warning does not exclude the possibility that surface ice can form at temperatures above 37 7 / +36, e.g. on bridges and shaded roads.<

With navigation system option: The temperature is displayed in the status line of the navigation system, refer to the Owner's Manual for the navigation system.

Current vehicle speed If the vehicle is equipped with a tachome- ter, but not with an onboard computer, the current vehicle speed is displayed. With the ignition key in position 1 and higher, you can use the button in the turn signal indicator lever to call this up in the tachometer display. Briefly press the but- ton to switch the display from the outside temperature to the current vehicle speed.



Range The onboard computer bases its calcula- tions for the cruising range on the driving style and on the remaining fuel in the tank.

Current fuel consumption The current consumption value is calcu- lated and displayed on the basis of your driving style.

If the range displayed is less than 35 miles / 50 km, be sure to refuel;

You can have a different unit of mea- surement set by your MINI Dealer.<

otherwise engine functions are not guaran- teed and damage could occur.<

Average speed, average fuel consumption Press the button in the turn signal indicator lever for a longer period. The displayed average speed value and consumption value are recalculated. Any time spent when the vehicle is station- ary and the engine is shut off is ignored for the calculation.

You can have an other unit of mea- surement set by your MINI Dealer.<



Indicator lamp

The indicator lamp in the display elements will go out shortly after the ignition has been switched on,

refer to pages 16, 17.

If the indicator lamp flashes: ASC controls the drive and braking forces. If the indicator lamp fails to go out after the engine is started, or if it comes on dur- ing normal driving and stays on: The system is defective or was turned off using the button. The described stabilizing operations are no longer available. You can, however, drive the vehicle nor- mally without ASC. In the event of a malfunction, please see your MINI Dealer, refer to pages 16, 17.

The concept This system optimizes driving stability and traction, especially when just starting off, when accelerating or when cornering. ASC recognizes the danger present in trac- tion loss and will increase driving stability and traction by reducing the engine's out- put and, if necessary, by applying the brakes to the front wheels. ASC is operational each time you start the engine. It contains the following functions: >Antilock Brake System (ABS) >Cornering Brake Control (CBC) >Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD).

The laws of physics cannot be repealed, even with ASC. An appropri-

ate driving style always remains the responsibility of the driver. Avoid using the additional safety margin provided by the system as an excuse for taking unnecessary risks. Do not make any modifications to the ASC system. Allow only authorized technicians to perform service procedures on the