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2018 Mini Convertible Cooper S review - verdict

Like its hatchback siblings, the Mini Convertible has received a facelift for 2018. Time to see if sun worshippers should take a closer look

Words By Alan Taylor-Jones

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If you’re after a four-seat convertible that won’t break the bank, the Mini Convertible is certainly your best option. Even so, we find it hard to recommend this Cooper S version. While it's quick, it’s much less fun than the similarly priced (but two-seat-only) MX-5.

We’d recommend saving your money and sticking with the regular Cooper version of the Mini Convertible. It may not be as fast, but its performance is still respectable, its handling is better and it’s more frugal.


What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5


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Rivals:

Mazda MX-5

DS 3 Cabrio


Mini Convertible Cooper S

Price Β£24,145 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol, turbo Power 189bhp at 5000-6000rpm Torque 221lb ft at 1350-4600rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 7.2sec Top speed 143mph Official economy 41.5mpg CO2, tax band 154g/km, 31%

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