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Mini Convertible review

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Mini Convertible
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26 Apr 2016 12:55 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:48

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Mini Convertible isn’t a particular 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, since Mini salesmen are notoriously tight-fisted. It is perceived as a premium product and priced accordingly, but it can still make financial sense because few cars in this class hold their value as well.

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.

In line with the hatchback model, Cooper trim gets body-coloured door mirrors and 15in alloy wheels, as well as a 6.5in infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Cooper S models, meanwhile, get 16in wheels, different interior trims and an engine scoop in the bonnet, while the hot John Cooper Works version features further sporty cosmetic alterations and sports suspension. In addition, JCW cars have Mini Driving Modes as standard, featuring three variable settings.

There are lots of optional packs to choose from, including the Pepper and Chili packs. These bring popular features such as rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and auto lights and wipers. There’s also lots of kit to help you avoid an accident, including stability control and tyre pressure monitoring, and the Mini Convertible comes on run-flat tyres.

You do have to go to the options list for more advanced functions, however, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and a rear-end collision-warning system.

Mini finished a respectable 14th place out of 32 manufacturers in our latest reliability survey, and while the convertible model wasn't assessed, the hatchback version (both three-door and five-door) clocked a similar mid-table finish in the small car class, just behind the Audi A1. It is a good idea to add the TLC package that covers routine servicing costs for three years or 36,000 miles for a one-off fee.

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 things have moved on dramtically in testing since then. And becasue the convertible structure is so compromised relative to the hatch, using that rating as a measure is largely pointless.

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Verdict

The Mini Convertible offers all the great driving dynamics and desirable image of the hatch model, with added wind-in-the-hair fun

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