Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Mini Convertible isn’t a particularly cheap soft-top, especially by the time you’ve added some must-have options. Also, if you’re hoping for a big discount, you’ll be disappointed; Mini dealers are notoriously tight-fisted. That said, it’s perceived as a premium product and is priced accordingly, and it can still make financial sense, because few cars in this class hold their value as tenaciously.
Contract hire and company car tax bills are extremely competitive, and there are some very attractive finance packages to be had. We’d recommend paying a nominal one-off fee for Mini’s TLC package, which covers routine servicing costs for three years or 36,000 miles.
Equipment falls In line with three-door Mini hatchback models, with Classic, Sport and Exclusive trim levels. Classic gives you LED front and rear lights, an electric soft-top, rear parking sensors and the infotainment mentioned earlier. Pricier Sport is all about racy looks, cruise control being the only extra functional feature it brings. Exclusive trim costs the same as Sport, exchanging those racy looks for leather seats and chrome highlights, giving it a more luxurious feel. These trim levels are available with the Cooper and Cooper S engines, the former having 15in alloy wheels, the latter 16in wheels, different interior trims and an engine scoop in the bonnet. The hot John Cooper Works version, meanwhile, gains sports suspension and further cosmetic alterations.
Whichever combination you pick, you’ll need to visit the options list for more advanced functions such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and a rear-end collision warning system.
Mini finished eighth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, and, while the convertible model wasn't assessed, the hatchback version (both three-door and five-door) landed a mid-table finish in the small car class – six places higher than the Audi A1.
The Mini Convertible hasn't been tested by Euro NCAP, and although the Mini hatch scored a reasonable-sounding four stars out of five, that was back in 2014 and test standards have tightened dramatically since then. Also, without the structural strength of a fixed metal roof, a direct comparison between the convertible and hatchback is impossible.
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