First drive: Mini Cooper Convertible - In the cabin

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  • Cleaner and more efficient
  • Will put a smile on your face
  • Some issues in the cabin, though
In the cabin
People of most sizes can get comfortable, although the proximity of the rear bench does mean tall drivers may find it hard to push the seat back far enough to be truly happy. The steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake, though, which helps.

No matter how tall you are, rear visibility isn't great, especially with the roof down and wind deflector up. Standard rear parking sensors do help, however.

Back seat passengers are going to have to be very small to travel in any comfort. You'll also have to hope they aren't scared by confined spaces, as the back of the cabin is a claustrophobic place to be with the roof up.

There's enough room in the boot to hold a couple of overnight bags, and access is helped by being able to lift the top section of the roof cover by 35 degrees. The rear seats fold to add extra cargo space.

Other standard kit includes 15-inch alloy wheels, split rear seats and parking sensors. Stepping up to the Cooper S adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, an engine scoop, run-flat tyres, stainless steel interior detailing, sports seats and a sport button, which improves throttle response.

First drive: Mini Cooper Convertible - The roof


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