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 (that's the petrol version, not the electric) undercutting it. Discounts are available (check out our New Car Buying service), with particularly big savings on high-spec models, yet its depreciation won't be too severe.
Leasing rates and company car tax bills for the Convertible are very competitive, too, 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.
Mini finished an impressive fourth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey and, while the Convertible model wasn't assessed specification, the hatchback version (both three-door and five-door) was one of the most dependable small cars in the survey.
The Mini Convertible hasn't been appraised for safety by Euro NCAP, and although the Mini hatch scored a reasonable-sounding four stars out of five, this was back in 2014; testing standards have improved so dramatically since then that the rating is no longer considered valid by the organisation.
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