For those of you that are also listeners to White Roof Radio, you are already familiar with how I feel about MINI Connected and the Navigation system. $1750 dollars is a lot of money for me for something that I didn’t really get.

While I still don’t get MINI Connected, and still think the navigation is embarrassingly bad, I did have an A HA! moment last week while I was playing with the configurator at last week.

MINI Connected also get the Bluetooth connectivity package.

After a few facepalms I realized that for $500 you can get the cool screen and all the stuff that comes with having MINI Connected. Of course, you still have to have an iPhone and will for the foreseeable future, but that’s a topic for anther day.

If you are planning on getting Bluetooth ($500), I hearby stand corrected that it would be a pretty good idea to take another look at MINI Connected.

But skip the navigation. For $750 you can buy a couple of Garmin’s that will do a better job.

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  1. A fully integrated nav system still is better than any stand-alone; it can keep track in tunnels for example, and should be far easier to control and adjust while driving.
    Whether all that is sufficient justification for the price, is a different matter. There’s a load of apparently overpriced options for MINI or indeed for any car. Look at the cost of fancy wheel rims for example!

    1. I beg to differ on that Ian, especially when it comes to the MINI Nav system. From my experience, it’s too slow to be effective and the vocal directions aren’t clear enough to avoid looking at the screen. Any current version Garmin is not only faster (tells you where and when to turn before the turn) but has more concise vocal cues to make sure you keep your eye on the road, not on the screen. I’m not even going to get into the Smartphone nav systems. Yet.

      Tunnels? Why do you need nav to work in a tunnel? And the controls on the MINI nav aren’t any better, or worse, than a stand-alone unit.

      In my opinion, the only thing a built in nav system is good for is resale. Especially the MINI system. Definitely not worth the cost, again, in my opinion.

  2. Ah, well I’ve not driven an R56 with nav – my Audi Q5 nav is good.

    Tunnels – you should visit and drive through Boston! There’s a long buried section with turnings every 1/2 mile, to get in out through various parts of the city …

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