There’s a lot to consider when buying a new or used MINI. In our buyer’s guide below, we’ll be covering both the current MINI range as well as used models from a few years ago, which did things slightly differently.
Whether you’re looking for a fully kitted-out model or something a little more simple, it’s certainly worthwhile knowing what each package brings to the experience.
To kick things off, let’s take a little look at what these packs are designed to do. Each with a different theme, they add a series of upgrades or premium features not present in the vehicles as standard equipment - often enhancing the technology, comfort, safety or styling.
In 2018, MINI streamlined this system to make it much easier to understand what each package offers. The Salt, Pepper and Chili packs were replaced with 3 styles: Classic, Sport and Exclusive. The MINI Electric is a little different, as it follows a Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 system, although it follows the same premise. You can view these as trim options, which are chosen prior to any optional packages.
There are also special edition models, such as the Resolute or Seaside Edition. We always recommend getting in touch with our MINI team if you’re interested in something unique, as these vehicles have a different specification to the regular model range.
2023 MINI Models
It’s now simpler than ever before to customise your brand new MINI, as there are only two packages to choose from. This is the Premium Pack, which comes as standard, or the Premium Plus Pack which is available at an additional cost. This means that standard equipment has been upgraded significantly compared to older MINI models.
2023 MINI Model Range
Premium Pack Contents (Standard across all models):
8.8" touch screen with Apple CarPlay
Front Heated Seats
Rear Parking Sensors
Automatic Air Conditioning
Manual or Automatic Transmission
MINI Driving Modes
Additional Interior Lighting
Flexible CarSharing Preparation
Rear-view Mirror with Auto dimming
Electric Folding Door Mirrors
MINI Emergency Call
ISOFIX Child Seat System
Premium Plus Pack Contents:
All contents of Premium Pack
Panoramic Glass Sunroof
MINI Navigation System
Front and Rear Parking Sensors
Cooper S models across the range can additionally receive the Harmon Kardon Surround Sound audio system as part of the Premium Plus Pack. John Cooper Works models also welcome features such as Enhanced Bluetooth, Head-up Display and Active Cruise Control. As the MINI range continues to be updated and packages tweaked over time, it’s always a good idea to contact us if you’re unsure about the specification on a particular vehicle.
2018 - 2022 MINI Models
Between 2018 and 2021, five packages were available across the range. MINI Comfort and Comfort Plus packs bring together the most popular driver and passenger comfort upgrades, while the MINI Navigation and Navigation Plus packs offer the very best in-car infotainment, navigation and online connectivity.
The Driving Assistant Pack includes functions and features to aid the driving experience, helping you to manage journeys with increasing ease.
These packs are available on MINI vehicles from 2018 until 2023 – though there are some differences between what those packs included in 2018 in comparison to those available with new models in 2021, with these models having more features inside the packs as standard.
From the 1st June 2022, the new pack system featured on 2023 vehicles was introduced. This replaced the five packs discussed below with the Premium and Premium Plus packs to simplify the buying process. Therefore, if your vehicle was built after the 1st June 2022, then it will feature the new packs.If you need any assistance finding out this information about your vehicle, please get in touch.
Designed to enhance the comfort level for driver and passengers, on 2018 models the MINI Comfort Pack includes features such as automatic air conditioning, seat heating for driver and front passenger, passenger seat height adjustment and storage compartment pack.
On 2021 models, the pack also includes the Comfort Access System, and Rear Park Distance Control is now standard on all models whereas it was previously only available as standard on the MINI Countryman and MINI Convertible.
Comfort Plus Pack
Add even more comfort to your MINI driving experience by opting for the Comfort Plus Pack, which provides all the features of the Comfort Pack, plus excellent additional functions.
On 2018 to 2020 models, this pack includes a rear view camera, folding and auto dimming mirrors with a dipping parking function, Parking Assistant, and Park Distance Control to aid parallel parking.
On 2021 models, the pack also includes the Comfort Access System and Rear Park Distance Control on the MINI Hatch Classic models - this is standard with all other models.
Driving Assistant Pack
The optional Driving Assistant Pack is a camera-based driver assistance system that recognises and reports speed limits and no-overtaking zones.
On 2018 models, features include pedestrian warning and approach control warning, helping drivers to avoid potential collisions, while 2021 models also include functions such as Lane Departure Warning, with steering wheel vibration, Speed Limit and Traffic Sign Information, City Collision Mitigation, High Beam Assistant and an Electronic Parking Brake.
On 2018-2020 models, the Navigation Pack comes as standard on the MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman, and is available as an option on the MINI Hatch and MINI Convertible.
The pack includes MINI’s Navigation system with 6.5 inch display, MINI Connected, Apple CarPlay and Visual Boost Radio. MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman models also have additional equipment, including Real Time Traffic Information, ConnectedDrive Services and Remote Services.
On 2021 models, the Navigation Pack is standard on the new MINI Electric models. Not only that, the Navigation System’s centre display screen has been increased to an 8.8 inch touch screen version.
Navigation Plus Pack
You can upgrade further to the Navigation Plus Pack, which adds yet more features to the Navigation Pack.
On 2018 to 2020 models, multimedia equipment includes Digital Cockpit display, Concierge Service, MINI Connected XL – which can help you plan a trip, locate your car if you’ve parked it in a particular spot, and more – and Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging.
The Navigation Plus Pack is available on all 2021 MINI models and also includes the Head-up Display feature, which would have needed to be added as additional spec on 2018-2020 vehicles.
2001 - 2018 MINI Models
For pre-owned and used MINIs dated between 2001 and 2018, the packs are categorised in four different headings – Salt, Pepper, Chili and John Cooper Works – bringing fun and colour to the vibrant model range.
Here’s what you can expect from each pack:
MINI SALT Pack
Available on used MINI One models, the MINI SALT pack sprinkles a leather steering wheel and plenty of practical features such as velour floor mats, passenger seat height adjustment, storage compartment pack, front fog lights, silver interior trim, interior lights pack, on board computer and rev counter.
MINI PEPPER Pack
Available on used MINI One and MINI Cooper models, the Pepper pack adds some comfort and smart design touches to the exterior and interior. Included is a sports leather steering wheel, air conditioning, a storage compartment pack, interior light, automatic headlight activation, 16" alloy wheels and more.
MINI CHILI Pack
Add some spice to used MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S Hatchback, MINI Clubman and Convertible models. With the MINI Chili Pack, you get everything that’s included in the Pepper Pack, plus some further features, including multi-functional steering wheel controls, LED headlights and foglights, MINI Driving Modes and leather sport seats.
MINI John Cooper Works Sports Pack
The John Cooper Works Sport Pack brings motorsport style and racetrack thrills to a select few used MINI 3-Door Hatch, MINI 5-Door Hatch and MINI Convertible models. With a split-level John Cooper Works spoiler, sporty front and rear bumpers, sports suspension 17" Track Spoke alloys in black and plenty of technology, it gives a sportier, bolder look to your MINI.
Now that you’re an expert on MINI packs, you can comfortably configure a new model or pick out a used example that’s perfect for you. If you’re unsure about anything, are ready to find your new car or have any other questions, please get in touch with your local Dick Lovett MINI specialist today.