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I know this one!

The rear sensors (PDC) are a pre-requisite for the camera, so you have those fitted. They provide the top down "radar" view on the screen as you are reversing.

As for the switch, you are correct that the documentation says that the switch is used to manually turn the system off and on, whether you have rear PDC, rear camera or the full parking assistant. This is documented in the online PDF manual, the android app manual and now it seems the in car manual too. It is also shown in the UK online configurator... when you add any of the three features the switch appears.

But, it looks like you only actually get the switch if you have the full parking assistant. The other two features engage automatically with reverse gear and I suppose the switch is not deemed necessary.

I asked my dealer and he confirmed by looking at his demonstrator cars. It's disappointing because you tthink you're getting it and then you don't. On the other hand, I don't think I want to spend an extra £330 for a feature that I'll never use and switch I'll never switch. I imagine the other switches will be rarely used too.

I bet I can fill that spece in a creative way that makes it "my mini" and I'll spend much less than £330 :)

Try not to be disappointed...
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