Have the same problem, sometimes I had to check to make sure they were on.
I upgraded to Nightbreaker bulbs as recommended on here and they did make a difference but they are still not good. The problem I have is they they don't seem to light up the side of the road too well like other cars and I worry that I may hit a cyclist that does not have any lights on. Sadly disappointed that MINI did not recognise this on the earlier models and correct it,
I love my Mini and I will get another one but when I do it will be one with xenon headlights.
Yes, the Nightbreaker bulbs do improve the halogen lights from diabolical to just bad.
This is the price to be paid for the majority of owners who are much more concerned with the styling of the headlights than whether they work well or not. It would be easy to produce a good halogen headlight if Mini could go back to the old-fashioned headlamp 'glass' with lenses on it. But Minis are bought by fashion victims, so that won't do.......
I'm sure Mini aren't too worried about it, as it just encourages owners to go for a Chili pack that includes xenon headlights (which work fine).
On the plus side, they're now a nicer shade of white. On the negative, the dipped beam is still terrible. the full beam isn't too bad though, but it's having the chance to actually use it which is rare around here.
I thought at first it might just be my headlights need realigning but pulling up close to a wall shows they're fine. As said by others they don't particularly light the side of the road well. Also when you've got other cars coming towards you, the low driving position of the Mini + other people's bulbs means you can barely see where yours are pointed.
Was tempted to look into running 80/100s, appreciate they're illegal but given the amount of people driving other cars with full beams constantly on I'm starting not to care.
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