Mini Convertible review

Category: Convertible

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Mini Convertible is one of the cheapest four-seat drop-tops available, with only the Fiat 500C undercutting it. Discounts are available through our New Car Buying pages, with particularly big savings on high-spec models, yet it still holds on to its value well.

Contract hire and company car tax bills for the Convertible 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 for 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, with cruise control the only extra functional feature it brings. Exclusive trim costs the same as Sport, exchanging those racy looks for leather seats and chrome highlights for 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 trim 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 on top of the other useful packs we’ve mentioned.

Mini finished an impressive fourth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey and, while the convertible model wasn't assessed, the hatchback version (both three-door and five-door) was one of the most reliable small cars out there, only beaten by the Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Swift.

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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Mini Convertible

Overview

The Mini Convertible isn’t as rewarding to drive as its hatchback sibling, but its open-air exuberance makes up for that fact. You also get a terrific interior and sensible running costs, while strong residuals mean you can buy with your head as well as your heart.

  • Strong engines
  • Smart interior
  • Good refinement
  • Tight rear space
  • Rear visibility isn’t great
  • Small boot

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