4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Mini drop-top is tip-top

MINI Convertible (16 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £25,465 - £38,145
Lease from new From £379 p/m View lease deals
Used price £8,155 - £29,645
Used monthly cost From £204 per month
Fuel Economy 37.7 - 47.9 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £220
Insurance group 16 - 33 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Eager handling
  • Versatile electric roof
  • Cheap (ish) to run
  • Interior quality

CONS

  • Firm ride
  • Wind noise at motorway speed
  • Rear visibility restricted
  • Small boot

MINI Convertible rivals

Mazda
MX-5
4.4 out of 5 4.4

Written by Murray Scullion on

Is the MINI Convertible any good?

If the regular MINI Hatch isn’t fun and vibrant enough for you, the MINI Convertible should do the trick. By lopping the roof off customers can enjoy the usual MINI keen driving experience with added sun and wind-in-the-hair thrills (and probably a bit of rain, too).

Direct rivals for the MINI Convertible are few and far between. The likes of the Fiat 500C spring to mind as a city car alternative. Then there’s the Mazda MX-5 which is definitely more of an out-and-out sports car than the MINI.

Read the MINI Convertible verdict

What’s it like inside?

As soon as you sit inside, you’ll realise it’s a premium product. Nearly everything you touch is designed to feel high-end, while the all-important infotainment screen feels modern and has razor-sharp reactions.

It won’t surprise anyone to learn that the MINI Convertible isn’t the most spacious drop-top out there.

There’s no issue in the front of the car. The seats have a wide range of adjustment, and plenty of legroom and headroom.

Rear passengers benefit from surprisingly simple access, but those sat in the back seats won’t want to be there for too long with the roof up due to the lack of space and small windows. With the fabric lid down and with a smaller person in front, there are fewer complaints.

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What’s it like to drive?

The little MINI blends agile handling, good performance and fuel efficiency in one coherent package. But most importantly, it’s a hoot to drive. Dip it into a bend and it’ll scrabble round it in a punchy and amusing way.

The ride is firm. This is most apparent in the full-fat John Cooper Works model. It’s not uncomfortable, but it might surprise some people just how much they’re moving in their seats.

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What models and trims are available?

There are three models available. The Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works.

All are available with a six-speed manual. The Cooper and Cooper S can be specced with a seven-speed auto, while the John Cooper Works gets the option of an eight-speed auto.

Upon choosing Cooper or Cooper S, you can then decide whether to have them in Classic, Sport, or Exclusive spec.

Standard equipment on all models includes a touchscreen infotainment display with Bluetooth, rear parking sensors and reversing camera, and keyless start.

What else should I know?

The roof opens and closes in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 19mph and folds a little fussily behind the small rear seats. The first 40cm of the roof can also be retracted while the roof rails are in place, in effect creating a large sunroof. This can be operated at any speed.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the MINI Convertible, including practicality and how much it costs to run.

MINI Convertible rivals

Mazda
MX-5
4.4 out of 5 4.4