New Mini Convertible vs Mazda MX-5 RF

With the sun shining, you might be tempted by a drop-top such as the Mazda MX-5 RF or Mini Convertible. Which one deserves the warmer reception?...

New Mini Convertible vs Mazda MX-5 RF
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What Car? team
10 Aug 2017 06:00

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

A standard Cooper S Convertible costs roughly the same as the MX-5, but because most people add the Chili Pack (£1750), we’ve done the same. This evens up equipment levels but makes the MX-5 £2180 cheaper after discounts. Combined with its better resale values, the MX-5 is also about £40 a month cheaper to buy on PCP finance and £70 a month less to lease.

Both cars are well equipped, with 17in alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control and electric hood operation among their standard offerings.

New Mini Convertible vs Mazda MX-5 RF

The MX-5 was given a reasonable four-star Euro NCAP safety rating that applies to both versions, but the Mini Convertible hasn’t been tested and the hatchback’s four-star rating isn’t applicable. You can add an £800 package to the Mini that includes automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, high beam assist and adaptive cruise control. Blindspot monitoring and lane-keeping assist aren’t available, though. None of these features is available on this SE-L Nav MX-5.