For total closure you must have trap sensors fitted, legal requirement in Europe. The 1-series (and probably all other BMWs) have one touch up and down and trap sensors on all windows, hence it's easy to have the ECU control the windows by the remote. Virtually all cars with one touch all round will do it.
The Mini has one touch down on the passenger side but not up as it does not have a trap sensor on the passenger window - despite what others may say this is a cost saving measure.
You can close all the windows on a Mini using the key in the drivers door and holding it in the lock position. However as it's technically under manual control of the driver and he/she can see what's going on so no trap sensor is required as letting the key go stops the window motors.
Feel free to debunk, I'm sure someone will have a conspiracy theory. It really comes down to a bit of penny pinching or cost/functionality optimisation as Mini might say.
The AutoGuide.com network consists of the largest network of enthusiast-owned enthusiast-operated automotive communities.
AutoGuide.com provides the latest car reviews, auto show coverage, new car prices, and automotive news. The AutoGuide network operates more than 100 automotive forums where our users consult peers for shopping information and advice, and share opinions as a community.