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I had a 2014 BMW 1 Series that I really liked and now that I've been test driving and researching Minis for my next car purchase, I've noticed quite a lot of similarities between the cars. This is to be expected and it's a good thing in my book, since I liked a lot of my 118d's features.

Things that I've noticed are the same in BMW (1 series, at least) and Mini F56:
  • iDrive, navigation and infotainment system (and all the chimes...)
  • The small screen behind the wheel
  • Hood latch release (2x)
  • Indicator stalks (maybe not the stalks themselves, but the way they operate, "digitally")

Is technology like auto-dimming mirrors, comfort access, PDC, auto-wipers etc also the same in the two cars?

Coming from my 118d, what other similarities can I expect to find in a Cooper S?
 

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I am not a big help here with your Question. Last time I drove a BMW was back in 1985 I do have auto Wipers on mine but been the Owner of a new F56 it seems to me that a lot of Features and Functions and Sounds went direct into the new Mini coming from BMW.
 

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I am not a big help here with your Question. Last time I drove a BMW was back in 1985 I do have auto Wipers on mine but been the Owner of a new F56 it seems to me that a lot of Features and Functions and Sounds went direct into the new Mini coming from BMW.

LEDs in exterior door handles, BMW style sport seats with extending base on Chilli pack, BMW style service and customer care, BMW style options list, BMW quality.
 

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I had a 2014 BMW 1 Series that I really liked and now that I've been test driving and researching Minis for my next car purchase, I've noticed quite a lot of similarities between the cars. This is to be expected and it's a good thing in my book, since I liked a lot of my 118d's features.

Things that I've noticed are the same in BMW (1 series, at least) and Mini F56:
  • iDrive, navigation and infotainment system (and all the chimes...)
  • The small screen behind the wheel
  • Hood latch release (2x)
  • Indicator stalks (maybe not the stalks themselves, but the way they operate, "digitally")

Is technology like auto-dimming mirrors, comfort access, PDC, auto-wipers etc also the same in the two cars?

Coming from my 118d, what other similarities can I expect to find in a Cooper S?
-The auto-dim mirrors, comfort access, PDC, Park Assist, auto wipers - all the same between the two as is the rear view camera.

-The XL headunit is the same headunit (behind the buttons anyway) that they use on most BMWs including the 5 and 7 series as well as on some Rolls Royce models.

-The engine on the Cooper is the same basic engine they use on the BMW i8 (re-tuned of course)

- The heads up display is basically the same, except instead of projecting on the windshield directly, it is displayed on the pop up glass which I don't mind as those windshields are specifically made for HUD and are costly to replace.
 

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-The auto-dim mirrors, comfort access, PDC, Park Assist, auto wipers - all the same between the two as is the rear view camera.

-The XL headunit is the same headunit (behind the buttons anyway) that they use on most BMWs including the 5 and 7 series as well as on some Rolls Royce models.

-The engine on the Cooper is the same basic engine they use on the BMW i8 (re-tuned of course)

- The heads up display is basically the same, except instead of projecting on the windshield directly, it is displayed on the pop up glass which I don't mind as those windshields are specifically made for HUD and are costly to replace.
Terrific info! Thank you very much
 

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We have a BMW F30 328i and an F56 MCS. Lots of similarities, which is nice when driving one car and then the other.

The three click turn signal, programmable buttons, locations of the light switch, folding mirror and hatch/trunk button are the same. The passenger side rear view mirror tilts down on both cars when you reverse. As already mentioned, the iDrive and navigation are the same. Both cars have the same three driving modes. The stop/start works the same.

The comfort access on the BMW is much better, you just touch the door handle to lock and unlock the car, no multiple pressing a button. The BMW transmission automatically shifts into Park when you stop the engine, I got used to that and have to remember to shift the Mini into Park. I like the Mini sports seats better than the standard BMW seat, but it takes forever to make all of the adjustments. The BMW does that automatically when you touch the door handle.

I get 26 MPG on both cars. I thought the Mini would do better since has 51 less horsepower and weighs 558 less pounds.

Very different cars with a lot of the same features. I like them both.:)
 

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That's interesting. Would you consider the comfort access option on the Mini not worth getting?

It's a novel idea on paper, but one that needs to work consistently or it'll just drive me crazy.
 

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That's interesting. Would you consider the comfort access option on the Mini not worth getting?

It's a novel idea on paper, but one that needs to work consistently or it'll just drive me crazy.
The comfort access on mine has worked exactly as it should from day one and has never done anything unexpected.

Having had a similar system on a previous car, I would not be without it now.
 

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That's interesting. Would you consider the comfort access option on the Mini not worth getting?

It's a novel idea on paper, but one that needs to work consistently or it'll just drive me crazy.
Yes, it is worth getting. You never have to take the fob out of your pocket or purse.
 

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Bmw 2series active tourer uses the mini chassis and shares some engines!
 

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I think I know a lot about BMWs and am new to the MINI. One thing I would point out is the comment from the CAR Magazine reiview of the new MINI. The 3 cilinder engine diesel is more quiet than in the BMW 2 series active tourer. As per the review, it is isolated even better in the MINI than the all new 2 series active tourer which is also a new car.

I drove 118d as well as MINI Cooper S D, both automatic transmission, both 5 door. I can tell you that the MINI in sport mode drove so much better and it sounded way better for a diesel engine, it was miles away more fun...

Although the idrive is on the same basis it looks way better and funkier (the graphics).

I then saw a new facelifted 1 series which just came out and was stunned how dated the cabin looks like already. MINI 5 door a clear winner over the 1 series.
 
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