Buyer's guide to the Mini Convertible

Buyer's guide to the Mini Convertible

The Mini Convertible has bags of charm, but what else do you need to know about it?

Mini’s Convertible has been a core part of the firm’s line-up for a little while now. As one of the first cars to expand beyond the regular hatchback, the Convertible has been a consistent favourite among those who want a cool-looking drop-top with plenty of charm and character. 

Available with a variety of engine and trim options, the Convertible is really great to drive but couples it with a really well made interior and a clever folding roof mechanism. The most recent version is at the very top of its game, so what else do you need to know about this cool cabrio? Let’s take a look. 

What powertrains are available?

Things kick off in the Mini Convertible range with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit. It’s the same as you’ll find powering many of the firm’s cars and, in Cooper form, pushes out 136bhp and will drive the Convertible from 0-60mph in 8.8 seconds. Economy-wise, it’ll return up to 47.9mpg. 

Move up to the Cooper S and you’ll find a larger 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet, kicking out 176bhp, which enables a 0-60mph time of just under seven seconds. Despite this performance, it’ll still return up to 45.6mpg and emit as low as 141g/km CO2. 

Finally, there’s the John Cooper Works, which takes the engine from the Cooper S and pushes its output up to 228bhp - shaving the car’s 0-60mph down to 6.4 seconds in the process. 

What trim levels are offered?

Classic - from £23,505

Mini has simplified the way its trim levels work, meaning that it’s now easier to pick out the one which is right for you. Classic kicks things off, but brings a whole range of standard equipment to ensure that this definitely doesn’t feel like an entry-level trim. Highlights include an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, 17-inch alloy wheels and reversing sensors. 

You also get front and rear LED lights, a DAB digital radio and full Bluetooth integration so that you can quickly and easily pair your phone to the car’s system. 

Sport - from £26,505

Move up to Sport and, as you might expect, things get sportier. There are now a range of John Cooper Works styling touches too, adding features such as 17-inch ‘track spoke’ wheels finished in black, a full aerodynamic kit and John Cooper Works door sill finishers. 

Inside, there are sports seats and a leather steering wheel, with leather now used to finish the bulk of the interior elements. 

Exclusive - from £26,505

Finally, there’s Exclusive. This adds a more luxurious set of features, such as 18-inch alloy wheels and aluminium interior finishers, while standard-fit cruise control can help to take some of the legwork out of driving long distances. 

Plus, this grade adds a special Union Jack design to the fabric soft-top, giving an even more recognisable design to this convertible. 

What about personalisation?

Mini has always been big on personalisation and there’s even a page dedicated to it on the Convertible’s configurator. There are plenty of alloy wheel designs to choose from, giving buyers options including multi-spoke wheels in black. When it comes to exterior colours there’s loads of choice too, with the Convertible looking particularly good in colours like green and blue. 

You’ve also got the option to change the colour of the car’s wing mirrors, while the roof can be changed colour too, or given that Union Jack design for an additional cost. 

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