Car reviews - Mini - Hatch - Cooper
1 Jul 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
THIS is a heavily themed interior, with extensive use of circular and oval shapes, in tandem with dark vinyl and metal-look plastic. The doors are an archetypal example of the design theme with round surrounds for the release handles and speakers, and an oval centre section with a horizontal bar running through it, the latter padded to double as an armrest. The metal look sweeps right across the dash and is connected to the floor via two bars that contain the vertical centre console comprising air-condiitoning controls, the audio head unit and sexy toggle switchgear for functions including the power windows. Two cupholders sit on top of the horizontal centre console and behind them is a binnacle for the gear lever with the parking brake nestling between the two front seats. The top half of the gear lever ball, the release button of the parking brake and the door handles are all chrome finished. There's also leather for the steering wheel, gear lever and park brake gaiter.
Did you know?The first Mini was built by BMC factory worker Albert Green in seven hours almost completely by hand - quite an achievement, cosidering there were at least 3016 bolts and screws involved in the process
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