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MINI Convertible Review

MINI Convertible
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heycar review

      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Convertible
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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heycar rating
More fun and less roof

Best bits

  • Great fun to drive, regardless of the engine/trim
  • Excellent electric roof
  • Relatively practical, with space for four

Not so great

  • Gets expensive with a few choice options
  • Harsh ride, especially on the John Cooper Works
  • Small boot, so you have to pack light

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Overall verdict

"There will be many occasions when you’ll be overjoyed you chose the MINI Convertible over the regular tin-top version. Crucially, there will be few, if any, occasions when you regret the decision. It’s good with the roof up and great with the roof down, with space for four and an image that’s a match for cars costing twice as much."

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The MINI Convertible is a classic case of ‘less is more’. In return for less metal on the roof, you get access to the fresh air, which elevates the MINI ownership experience to another level.


Normally, when you remove the roof on a car designed to be a tin-top, you’re left with a driving experience best described by words like ‘flexible’ and ‘blancmange’. Not so in the MINI Convertible, which feels every bit as fun to drive as its regular sibling.


In fact, because you can lower the roof, the MINI Convertible offers something the MINI Hatch can’t deliver. No, not just a messed-up hairdo and a few grumbles from anyone travelling in the back.


The diesel was recently deleted from the range, so you’re left with a choice of two petrol engines: a 1.5-litre three-cylinder in the Cooper and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the Cooper S. The latter is also available with more power in the hardcore John Cooper Works edition.


There are also three trim levels: Classic, Sport and Exclusive. However, that’s where the refreshing simplicity ends, because there’s a myriad of options and accessories to choose from, meaning few MINI Convertibles will leave the showroom in standard trim.


This could be a mistake, because the MINI Convertible is arguably at its best in basic Cooper Classic form. The three-cylinder engine is characterful and punchy, while Classic trim is the ideal starting point before you lose yourself in the maze of option packs, colours, wheels and goodness knows what else MINI can find to sell you.


Today, you can even personalise your MINI using 3D printing and laser lettering. We’d say the only limit is your imagination, but having seen what footballers do to their Bentleys and Range Rovers, we’d rather people stopped somewhere before that.


It’s not the cheapest new car you can buy – you’ll pay a premium over the standard MINI Hatch, for a start. However, rivals are few and far between, and we can’t think of many cars that offer this much glamour at this end of the market.


There are one or two drawbacks. Despite what MINI claims, the rear seats are best reserved for children and small adults, and there’s very little boot space when the roof is folded down.


We’d also point to the harsh ride, which is especially noticeable on the Sport and John Cooper Works models. Our advice would be to opt for the smaller wheels and save the money you would have spent on back pain treatments.


If you can live with these minor niggles, you’ll enjoy one of the most desirable and image-enhancing small cars on the planet. Good luck trawling through the options list… 


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MINI Convertible

1.5 Cooper 2dr

  • 2016
  • 33,243 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Lookers MINI Stoke
  • Staffordshire, ST44GU
Price:£12,299
PCP: £229.85/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £229.85, Customer Deposit: £1,844.00, Total Deposit: £1,844.85, Optional Final Payment: £4,578.92, Total Charge For Credit: £2,169.52, Total Amount Payable: £14,468.52, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 2.83ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

MINI Convertible

2.0 Cooper S Sport II 2dr Auto

  • 2021
  • 750 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Listers MINI Boston
  • Lincolnshire, PE217PQ
Price:£31,975
PCP: £569.51/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £569.51, Customer Deposit: £4,796.00, Total Deposit: £4,796.25, Optional Final Payment: £11,136.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,890.10, Total Amount Payable: £35,865.10, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.68%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the MINI Convertible right for you?

Of course the MINI Convertible is right for you. The fact that you’re reading this review suggests that you quite fancy a topless MINI, and nothing we say will change your mind. You’re here for reassurance and little else.


Well, be reassured: there are no nasty secrets hiding in the MINI Convertible’s closet. Its best friend won’t text you to reveal some sordid details of what it did last summer. Go forth and enjoy a long and fruitful relationship – this one’s a keeper.


Sure, you’ll have to make one or two sacrifices, but the MINI Convertible will have to put up with you leaving the cap off the toothpaste and spending too long on Instagram. In other words, nobody’s perfect.


Just remember, a MINI Convertible is for life, not just for a summer romance, although you’re free to play the field once the finance contract is settled.

What’s the best MINI Convertible model/engine to choose?

Forget the model and engine for a moment, because in true MINI fashion, it’s all about the options and accessories. Two-thirds of the MINI Convertible brochure is pages on the various personalisation options open to you. You’ll be like a kid in a sweet shop when greeted with the tasty (and expensive) treats on offer.


The core range is refreshingly simple: Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works. After that, it comes down to the choice of trim: Classic, Sport and Exclusive.


The ‘basic’ Cooper Classic could be all the MINI Convertible you need. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder has a characterful note that seems in-tune with the fun-loving nature of the car. Add a few choice options and you could create your perfect match.


For some racier fun, the 2.0-litre engine in the Cooper S delivers quite a punch, while the John Cooper Works is for fans of hardcore action. Our advice: keep it simple.


What other cars are similar to the MINI Convertible?

‘It remains the only premium soft-top four-seater convertible in the small car segment.’ That was MINI’s claim at the Convertible’s launch in 2016. While it’s true that you can claim the ‘only’ of anything if you add enough words to the sentence, MINI might have a point.


Rivals are few and far between. The Fiat 500C competes in terms of image, but will disappoint when the top comes off. It’s a similar story with the discontinued DS 3 Cabrio – another car that effectively has a giant sunroof. If you’re not prepared to go the whole way, are you even a convertible?


Beyond that, you’re looking at convertibles with an Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz badge on the front. You’ll pay significantly more for the privilege of owning these premium players. The other obvious rival is the excellent Mazda MX-5.


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