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?...

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10 Aug 2017 06:00 | Last updated: 21 Sep 2018 16:18

Our verdict

On a sunny day, the MX-5 will have you grinning like you’re five again – and that’s the point of these cars, right? The peppy performance, supple ride and engaging handling make it a joy to drive everywhere. Yes, it’s rowdy at higher speeds, especially with the roof down, but we think that’s forgivable for the price and the kit you get.

Its practicality limitations are an acceptable trade-off, too, because these are second cars for most people. But if you must have four seats and a decent boot, the Mini is absolutely worth considering. It isn’t as much fun to drive nor as comfy, but you’ll still love its top-notch interior, great infotainment, punchy engine and more hushed manners, hood up or down.

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New Mini Convertible vs Mazda MX-5 RF

For Enjoyable rear-wheel drive handling; supple ride; relatively cheap to buy and run

Against Wind noise at 70mph (roof up or down); tight head room; small boot

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Mini Convertible

New Mini Convertible vs Mazda MX-5 RF

For Pokey, flexible engine; quieter (roof up or down); more practical; great infotainment

Against Jarring ride; unpleasant steering and gearshift; relatively pricey

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Skyactiv-G 160 SE-L Nav

Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol

List price £23,795

Target Price £22,227

Power 158bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 148lb ft @ 4600rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 7.3sec

Top speed 134mph

Gov't fuel economy 40.9mpg

CO2 emissions 161g/km


Specifications: Mini Convertible Cooper S Chili

Engine size 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol

List price £25,945

Target Price £24,750

Power 189bhp @ 5000-6000rpm

Torque 207lb ft @ 1350-4600rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 7.0sec

Top speed 143mph

Gov't fuel economy 41.5mpg

CO2 emissions 154g/km

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