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Written by : Steven Shields

Published on:: 10/07/2017

Mini Packs Explained

Whether you’re looking at the trendy Mini Convertible, the practicality of the Mini Clubman or Countryman, or just the classic Mini Hatchback, you’ll be spoiled for choice at how many combinations there are, both cosmetic and gadgets. If you’ve had a shop around, you may notice Minis being listed with the likes of Pepper Packs or Chili Packs, but what exactly are these?

Put simply, they are a group of features that you can order when buying new as opposed to buying all the features separately. Read on to find out more about what these packs contain. Note that these apply to the latest models and may differ from older models.

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Pepper Pack

Interior of Mini Hatchback with Pepper Pack

The Pepper Pack is an entry-level option package, you can say, and you'll see premiums of around £350 on used examples, depending on the model. There’s a balance of cosmetic and convenient features and includes the following:

- Dual climate control
- Chrome Line exterior
- Interior lights pack
- Mini Excitement Pack (offers analysis based on your driving style and makes suggestions based on feedback)
- Passenger seat height adjustment
- Automatic lights and windscreen wipers
- Sport leather steering wheel
- Storage compartment pack (Includes a two-part boot floor, lashing eyelets to tie objects down, and a boot net to hold smaller items securely.)

Chili Pack

Interior of Mini Hatchback with Chili Pack

The most sought after pack, the Chili Pack features everything in the Pepper Pack, as well as the following:

- 16” Victory Spoke alloy wheels in silver
- Cloth/leather Diamond upholstery
- Mini Driving Modes (can change to a sportier drive or more economical one)
- Multi-function controls for steering wheel (including cruise control)
- Sports seats for driver and front passenger
- White indicators (clear lenses in place of orange units)

Depending on the model, the Chili Pack has a premium of around £1,000 on used examples, but can be slightly cheaper on the Cooper S models as the sport leather steering wheel, sports seats and clear indicators come as standard. Also Cooper S models come with 17” alloys, rather than 16”.

Media Pack XL

Sat-Nav of Media Pack XL

If you like your tech, look out for models featuring the Media Pack XL, which not only features a large colour screen, but also enhanced Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation. You also get a front-centre armrest, sport leather steering wheel and multifunction steering wheel controls. On used models, this has a premium of around £300, and £1,450 if you're looking at models with both this and the Chili Pack, as these packs share some features.

Driving Assistant Pack

Not as common as the aforementioned packs, but still worth looking out for. This pack features the following:

- Active Cruise Control (matches the speed of traffic in front on the motorway whilst cruising)
- Main beam assistant (automatically dims the headlights whilst in full beam to prevent dazzling oncoming traffic)
- Rear-end collision warning
- Traffic sign recognition

On used models, expect premiums of around £480 for this pack.

Parking Assistant Pack

Costing around the £360 mark on the used market, the Parking Assistant Pack features front and rear parking sensors and also automated park assist, which steers the car for you into a parking space

Read more: Which Cars Have Parking Aid Technology?

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