First drive: Mini Cooper Convertible - Ownership
As well as its performance, the Convertible’s other trump card is its desirability, which pushes up resale values and makes it a sound long-term purchase.
Both engines are also relatively frugal, and economy is boosted by stop-start, brake regeneration and a gear change indicator.
Running costs will be further improved if, as expected, diesel engines are added to the line-up at a later date.
The Mini’s interior and exterior bear all the hallmarks of its owner, BMW. The fixtures and fittings are well built and of decent quality, although some of the many switches tread a fine line between kitch cool and tacky plastic.
Safety measures are reasonable. Having to stiffen the car's body to compensate for cutting off the roof has the welcome side effect of improving passenger safety in the event of a crash.
There are also two hoops behind the rear seats that pop up in the event of an accident. Front and side airbags are fitted as standard.
The Convertible also has stability control, traction control, automatic seatbelt tensioners and ISOFIX fittings.