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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The convertible doesn't quite follow the same engine line-up as the hatchback. You get the 1.6 - in both One and Cooper - outputs, as well as the supercharged Cooper S. But there's no diesel. Performance is slightly impaired compared to the standard MINI, but it's still good enough for bombing along country roads (and with the roof down, it's even better on a warm summer's evening).

The MINI's brilliant handling characteristics have been entirely preserved meaning quick responses, loads of grip and a rather bouncy ride which your passengers might not appreciate too much. A good chassis and electronic aids make it corner superbly and add to its sporty appeal.