First drive: Mini Cooper Convertible - Introduction

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  • Cleaner and more efficient
  • Will put a smile on your face
  • Some issues in the cabin, though
It’ll come as no surprise to discover that the new Mini Cooper Convertible isn’t a radical re-invention of the previous model.

Even its designers confess that to meddle with the iconic car’s looks would be foolish - admitting that future updates will be all about refinements of the existing product.

That’s no bad thing, though, as the Convertible has always been a fine car, with the latest modifications making it even better.

In particular, it is cleaner than ever. Both the Mini Cooper and Cooper S are powered by 1.6-litre petrol engines; the former with 118bhp and the latter with a turbo-charged 173bhp.

Average fuel economy for the Cooper is 22% better than its previous incarnation, while the S is improved by 23%.

First drive: Mini Cooper Convertible - On the road


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