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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Equipment

3 out of 5 3.0

MINI has never been overly generous when it comes to standard equipment. In fact, considering the list prices, standard kit levels are pretty meagre. The second generation Convertible is slightly better. All models get air conditioning, stability control (DSC), an alarm, power steering, electric windows and roof, Isofix child seat mounting points, four airbags, parking sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels, CD stereo with an aux-in point, electric mirrors, heated rear window, height and reach adjustable steering column, remote central locking and split rear seats.

The Cooper S adds run-flat tyres, Sport button, 16-inch alloys, honeycomb grille, twin exhaust pipe, leather steering wheel, sports seats and a chequered interior trim. The fabric roof comes in black as standard but Denim Blue and Hot Chocolate (brown) are available (for an extra £100). Most buyers choose one of the two extras packs - Pepper or Chili.

The Pepper pack (only available on Cooper) adds items such as a leather steering wheel, Bluetooth, front fog lights and velour floor mats. The more expensive Chili pack gives you a sports steering wheel, climate control, half leather upholstery and sports seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the MINI Convertible (09-15).

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Cooper equipment

Cooper standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Cooper optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Cooper Highgate equipment

Cooper Highgate standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats
Cooper Highgate optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

One equipment

One standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
One optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

One Highgate equipment

One Highgate standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats
One Highgate optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Soho equipment

Soho standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
Soho optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Safety

4 out of 5 4.0

The hatchback MINI scored a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests along with three stars for child safety. All Convertibles come with pop-up rollover bars, automatic stability control (including traction control), electronic brakeforce distribution, Isofix child seat mounting points plus front, side and head airbags.

Interior & boot space

3 out of 5 3.0

The biggest change inside the MINI Convertible is the rear rollover hoops. In the first model they were fixed in place and so rear visibility was very poor. This version uses a single bar which pops up the event of an accident - as a result the view backwards is vastly improved. The roof itself folds down in just 15 seconds and it's fully automatic with no catches to release.

Cleverly a section can be opened to create a sunroof effect while the whole roof opens and closes at up to 20mph - useful in traffic. The boot is an improvement over the old model but with just 170 litres it's still fairly small (although slightly larger than the standard hatchback). With the roof lowered this is cut to 125-litres and while the opening is fairly wide, you'll struggle with anything other than a few bags of shopping or an overnight bag.

On the plus side, the rear seats do fold flat for larger items.

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