Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • Instrument cluster
  • Mini E-call
  • MINI TeleServices
  • On board computer
  • Rear park distance control

Entertainment

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Chrome border high gloss black slats radiator grille
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric windows
  • Fully electric black softtop with integrated sunroof functionality
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • John Cooper Works - aerodynamic kit, front and rear sport bumpers and part-painted side sills with door sill finishers
  • Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
  • Metal door sill strips with MINI imprint
  • Model logo Cooper on right of tailgate
  • Rain sensor window wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • White indicator lenses

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Cupholders
  • Easy Load boot handles
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Glove compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • John Cooper Works perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching in chilli red and John Cooper Works logo
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Tool kit

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts on all four seats
  • 6 Airbags - front, side and seat belt tensioners
  • Active rollover protection
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • DSC-Dynamic Stability Control
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Single tone fanfare horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Keyless Go

Technical

  • Double Vanos system
  • Fully variable valve control
  • High precision injection
  • Performance Control
  • Steptronic transmission with double clutch

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

125

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

68

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Compression Ratio

11.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

82

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

94.6

Engine Code

B38A15M1

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

7 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

51.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

58.9

EC Urban (mpg)

42.2

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

136

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

Cooper Sport II Cmf

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

22E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.7

Engine Power - BHP

136

Engine Power - KW

100

Engine Power - RPM

4500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

162

Engine Torque - MKG

22.4

Engine Torque - NM

220

Engine Torque - RPM

1480

Top Speed

127

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

205/45 R17

Tyre Size Rear

205/45 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

TRACK SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1415

Height (including roof rails)

Length

3821

Wheelbase

2495

Width

1727

Width (including mirrors)

1932

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

40

Gross Vehicle Weight

1695

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

160

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

215

Max. Loading Weight

430

Max. Roof Load

Minimum Kerbweight

1265

No. of Seats

4

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.8

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Packs

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Trim

Wheels

Summary

So, this improved third generation MINI Convertible looks great, is brilliantly designed, cheap to run and holds its value. It's even a bit more practical than you might be expecting. OK, you could perhaps complain about the premium pricing but in truth, there's not really much more than that to put off would-be Convertible purchasers who need a more involving drive than one of those hairdessers' cabriolets but don't want a sports roadster either. This car has so much more street-cred than obvious rivals and is far-less gender-specific (all right, female-orientated),which will matter to male buyers nearly as much as the fact that it's huge fun to drive. A MINI adventure then, that could see you living happily ever after.

Background

When BMW re-booted the MINI brand in 2001, it took three years to add a convertible to the range. Once on sale, four people could enjoy the open-air adventures MINI promised, although the rear passengers had a tight squeeze getting into the back. Things were improved in the second generation version we saw in 2009, but the space was still very limited. Still, this drop-top model sold well, stealing sales not only from small cabriolets aimed at Kings Road cruising, but also grabbing a few from more focused open-topped sportscars. This third generation convertible model, launched in 2016, grew in every dimension and MINI managed to do this without ruining this car's charm. Plus there are some innovative options over and above some high-tech standard equipment.

Driving Experience

The Convertible MINI has a slightly different remit from the hatchback - being all about style - but the fact that it invokes the Cooper name across all variants hints at the potential for driving thrills. The base 136bhp MINI Cooper Convertible will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds and hit 129mph. There's also a 116bhp Cooper D diesel model, a pokier 192bhp Cooper S petrol version and a flagship 231bhp John Cooper Works derivative. High performance though, hardly seems relevant in a four seat soft-top: what is important is the operation of the newly-designed roof. At speeds of up to 18mph, this fabric top can be lowered or raised in 18 seconds, so when the British weather does what it does, you'll not be left out in the rain for too long. If you just want to open the small portion over the front seats, it can slide back 40cm, automatically, at any speed. In the updated range we're looking at here, nothing's fundamentally changed engine-wise, though MINI says that minor changes have been made to its TwinPower Turbo Technology across the board, improving engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling set-up and the exhaust system. Perhaps most significant though is the news that the brand has at last got around to fitting in a proper dual-clutch auto gearbox for those wanting a self-shifter, this now a 7-speed unit.

Design and Build

The styling of this revised MK3 model doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal the addition of standard-fit LED front and rear lights, plus there's now extra scope for all-important personalisation. Otherwise, this third generation MINI Cooper Convertible retains the basic overall body shape that we all know and love, with each of its key dimensions just a little larger than those of its earlier pre-2016 MK2 model predecessor. This addresses the main criticisms of the older design in two key areas: the back seats and the boot. Rear passengers get more legroom, making access the second row easier. When the folded fabric roof is down, it forms a wrap-around collar around the back seats, rather than disappearing completely. It encroaches slightly into the boot area but despite this, the luggage capacity is these days a reasonably acceptable 215-litres with the roof closed and 160-litres with it folded down. The roof is customisable and retracts in 18 seconds. Optional is a woven Union Flag option. The rival DS 3 Cabriolet model can also be specified with a patterned roof, but the Union Flag has long been associated with the MINI. There's also a new MINI logo that appears on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, instrument display and central locking remote control.

Market and Model

As part of the BMW group, MINI has become a premium brand in the small car sector and as such can command a higher price than would be expected for a car that started life as a cheap and cheerful runabout. The basic petrol MINI Cooper Convertible starts at around £18,500 for the manual version, the diesel costs from just over £20,000 and the top of the range John Cooper Works model from a little over £28,000. All variants are available in Manual and Automatic transmissions Strong competition comes from the much cheaper Fiat 500C, the slightly less expensive DS 3 Cabriolet and more pricey Audi A3 Cabriolet. For its price, the MINI doesn't have the most impressive list of standard features but it does have parking sensors, reversing camera, Bluetooth and 'MINI Connected'. This is a system that integrates your MINI with your smartphone, for infotainment, communication and driving experience apps. An XL version of the Connected app is available as an option and among its enhanced features is a useful rain-warning sensor. Plus it can alert a driver who has left the car open-topped that rain is on its way.

Cost of Ownership

Like all new cars, this MINI has improved in this area. The standard Cooper Convertible petrol model returns 55.4mpg on the combined cycle. For more impressive economy, the Cooper D Convertible returns 70.6mpg, and as you might expect, the sporty Cooper S Convertible consumes a lot more, returning 46.3mpg. All of these figures would, at one time, have been considered exceptional for a car of the MINI's size, but they are equalled and bettered by the rivals from Fiat and DS. MINI's 'TLC Pack' is a five year/ 500,000 mile service package that costs around £350. CO2 Emissions are reasonable across the range, but all three variants fall into different tax bands. The Cooper Convertible costs £30 a year for 114g/km, the Cooper S Convertible, £130 a year for 139g/km, but the manual Cooper D Convertible, emitting just 100g/km CO2, costs nothing in tax. Good residual values can be expected, especially as this car addresses many of the problems of the old car and should remain a desirable option for many years. Expect the MINI Cooper Convertible mostly to fall into insurance groups 17-20, depending on the variant.