#3. It has Mini’s odd ergonomics.
The Countryman’s dashboard is much like that of other Minis. It has a retro look with a large, round, centrally-located speedometer. The speedometer surrounds a central screen that displays the navigation system and the new Mini Connected system (more on that next). It’s hard to see your speed in the round dial, but there is a digital readout in a steering wheel-mounted tach. The radio controls are grouped together under the speedometer, which is a nice change as other Minis separate the volume control. The climate controls are found under the radio controls, and below them are a set of toggles for the windows and central locking system. The cupholders sit in front of these toggles, so a drink can get in the way if you need to raise or lower the windows. Not all people will like the centrally-located controls, but you eventually get used to it.