MINI convertible: 'great fun to drive'
What the motoring press is saying about the MINI convertible
Price: £16,165 - £26,350
Pros: Fun to drive, fabric roof operates quickly and easily, low running costs
Cons: Wind noise with the roof down, tiny boot and rear seats, potholes cause the cabin to rattle
3.5/5, Carbuyer "The appeal of the MINI is pretty universal, and the key to its success has been maintaining certain key traits across its whole range. The MINI Convertible carries over the key characteristics of the hatchback – its distinctive and good to look at, and it's great fun to drive – while adding the extra enjoyment of open-top, wind-in-your-hair motoring. It may be as impractical as a car can get, with the electric fabric roof severely limiting boot space – but its entertaining drive and fast folding roof go some way to justifying its negatives. The range has also increased from any initial three specifications to a varied seven, encompassing One, Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D, Cooper SD, John Cooper Works, and the special edition Highgate. All are expensive, but they are relatively economical, with the addition of the diesel models improving efficiency substantially. The MINI John Cooper Works convertible is the fastest in the range, but has a limited appeal as it's not cheap to buy or run."
4/5, Parker's "It may look very similar, but in fact it is totally new with a stiffer body for better refinement with the roof down. MINI has also changed the rollover hoops which used to block rear visibility, making the model much more driver-friendly, especially when parking. As with any MINI it is great fun to drive while the engines offer a strong combination of performance and economy."
4/5, What Car? "The Mini Cooper Convertible provides all the open-top driving thrills you could ask for, while residual values are exceptional."
Auto Express "What's more, the familiar styling and excellent quality inside mean the One doesn't lose any of the desirability that is an absolute essential in this competitive sector. The sturdy cloth roof takes only 15 seconds to open fully, and the process can be carried out at up to 20mph." ·