The Mini Convertible competes with other small convertibles such as the DS 3 and Fiat 500C, while its more expensive versions are priced alongside cheaper versions of Audi’s roofless A3. The Mini looks competitive, too, because it drives and rides nicely, has a high quality cabin and its infotainment – being based on BMW’s iDrive system – is one of the best in the class.
It comes with most of the engine options its solid-roofed stablemates do, namely turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, and a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine in the potent range-topping Cooper S and JCW models. Unlike the Hatch model, there is no entry level One version, but the Convertible does get a few choice bits of extra standard equipment.
Overall, the Mini is our favourite compact convertible; it’s better to drive and sit in than the DS 3 and Fiat 500C, and competitively priced with excellent resale values to boot.