The interior layout, fit and finish
The driver's seat in the Mini Convertible is comfortable and there's a reasonably wide range of adjustment as standard, although some of the controls can be hard to reach – particularly the lever that alters the angle of the spring-loaded backrest, which proved awkward to move. Be aware that the adjustable lumbar support only comes as standard with Exclusive and JCW trims, although it is optional on Sport trim.
Another issue is the offset pedals; shorter drivers in particular will find that this leaves their legs skewed over to the right, and the seat may not slide far enough forward for some. A front armrest between the seats is part of the Comfort or Comfort Plus pack on all models.
Although the layout of the retro-themed dashboard looks rather higgledy-piggledy, the important controls are logically positioned and easy to use. The toggle switches in front of the gearlever look and feel great, but it can be tricky to see what they do on the move.
Forward visibility is fantastic, thanks to the snub-nosed bonnet and slim, upright windscreen pillars, but it’s a different story looking backwards. Roof up, the large, fabric rear pillars blot out a fair bit of what lies behind, and when folded, the roof languishes on the rear deck, filling most of what’s in the rear-view mirror.
Given those rear blindspots, it’s just as well that rear parking sensors are standard. Front parking sensors and a rear-view camera are available as options. What’s more, if you fear for your alloy wheels’ wellbeing, you can spec an automatic parking system that will steer the car into a space for you. These items are all included in the Comfort Plus pack.
As standard, the Mini Convertible gets a central 6.5in colour screen, with Bluetooth, a digital radio and a USB input. This infotainment system is controlled via a rotary switch positioned behind the gearlever, with shortcut buttons that help make frequently used functions less of a faff to access. It’s generally easy to use and very responsive.
Sat-nav is an option on all trims and also brings Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring (but not Android Auto). You can also spend more to get an 8.8in touch-sensitive screen with a split-screen function, more advanced sat-nav, wireless phone charging and a second USB port. This is pricey, but it does give you the best infotainment system in the class.
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