Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • MINI’s quirky cabin is well built
  • Looks quite busy, but easy to use
  • Driving position is spot on 

The MINI Convertible’s interior retains the quirky feel of the rest of the range with friendly circular graphics and toggle switches.

Dash plastics and materials are of high quality, while the seats are on the firm side of comfortable (but impressively supportive), and there’s a lot of adjustment to hone the right driving position.

A 6.5-inch infotainment screen is standard but the optional 8.8-inch screen from the Navigation Plus pack includes an upgraded sat-nav system and extra features that is intuitive to operate and superior to rivals.

Elsewhere, the optional driving mode selector is operated by a toggle switch alongside the starter button.

The instrument binnacle moves when you adjust the steering wheel, ensuring it’s always ideally placed through the steering wheel, and an optional head-up display also reduces the need for the driver to avert their eyes from the road.

Look upwards and you’ll find MINI’s fully retracting, electrically operated fabric roof: both the DS and Fiat’s roofs fold back to leave the side- and roof rails in place – picture peeling the lid off a tin of sardines and you get the idea – while the Mazda’s roof fully retracts but is manually operated.

With the hood retracted, rear visibility is a little obscured. However, the standard rear-view camera with its excellent screen resolution makes reverse-parking easy. You can also slide the roof back in a smaller section like a big sunroof, so you have options for top-down motoring.

It’s worth noting the optional Chili Pack’s armrest hinders access to gearstick and nearby infotainment controller.

  • The Convertible is a fairly comfortable cruiser
  • Roof-down refinement is better than you might expect
  • Engines are all refined, but ride can be fidgety

The MINI Convertible is generally very refined with both three-cylinder Cooper and four-cylinder Cooper S engines being smooth throughout. It helps that they sound good when you stretch them, rather than sounding unpleasant.

On 17-inch alloys, the Convertible’s ride is firm but acceptable. That helps with the tidy body control, but some may find it’s not quite spongey enough. It doesn’t fidget over bumps as much as it seems to skip over them, which makes it more bearable than you might expect.

It’s never overly uncomfortable and actually deals with bumps quite well – it’s firm but secure-feeling, and doesn’t present any kind of feeling that it could break a spring.

The fabric hood operates almost silently, and supresses noise from surrounding traffic when raised. There is, however, some wind noise at the top of the side windows at speed.

With it down, refinement is surprisingly impressive. With the windows raised, there’s much less wind buffeting, and as you sit low in the car, you’re protected from the breeze. Specify a wind deflector and things improve further.