Here in the UK there is nothing that says the MINI will be iPod compatible. I can assure you the lead does not come with the car and it must be ordered by a dealer.as it is required to run you iPod with this option they should not be charging you for it.
Int he USA some dealers had been taking out of the Glove box and trying to charge extra for it but as it is really part of the option they all failed. Only a few people got charged before it became general knowledge that it is a required part to make the iPod work in the car. So there is not reason that you should be paying for it.
It doesnt mater you can still remove it from your order, its nothing to do with the build of your car. Just tell your dealer you no longer need it. They can raise a chque for that amount to refund you the money and balance there books.Well my order has been signed and is 'in build' according to the dealer so I can't change it now. In the great scheme of things it's not a big deal but I asked about the price of the iPod cable again today and was told it is £50. I called up another dealer and they were selling it for £30 + VAT.