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?...
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.
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.