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.
The Convertible falls in line with three-door Mini hatchback when it comes to trim levels, with a choice of Classic, Sport and Exclusive. Classic gives you LED headlights, a powered hood, rear parking sensors and the infotainment gadgety mentioned earlier. Pricier Sport is all about styling, with cruise control the only extra functional feature it brings. Meanwhile, Exclusive trim costs the same as Sport, exchanging sporty looks for leather seats and chrome highlights for a more luxurious feel. The hot John Cooper Works version, meanwhile, gains sports suspension and further cosmetic enhancements.
Whichever trim level you go for, we'd recommend adding at least the Comfort and Navigation packs; as we mentioned earlier, the Navigation Plus Pack is worth considering for its class-leading infotainment system, although it is very pricey. You'd be wise to add the Driving Assistant Pack, too, because this adds automatic emergency braking.
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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