MINI Convertible Review
The third-generation MINI has received raving reviews from every motoring publication lucky enough to get behind the wheel. It looks good, the interior is noticeably upmarket and there are a range of engines to satisfy everyone from new drivers to racing stars!
Buyers may not be instantly taken by the idea of a MINI convertible in England, however those who believe a drop top is only for the summer months has never been out with the roof up and the heaters on in the winter. Having won Convertible of the Year in Auto Express’ 2016 New Car Awards, it’s hard to doubt its capabilities. Regardless of the rag-top, the standard MINI underpinnings make this an incredibly capable car, roof up or down.
Direct rivals to the MINI Convertible are few and far between, as you open your search though, the likes of the DS3 and Fiat 500C start to appear. The VW Golf and Audi A3 Cabriolet are more grown up rivals. The Citroen and Fiat only offer roll-back roof panels though, while the MINI, Audi and VW are full convertibles.
The MINI Convertible is available in a range of trims, from the efficient Cooper D to the rapid John Cooper Works. Decisions don’t end with the engine however, MINI are famed for their exceptional range of optional extras to make each car truly individual. With their most recent facelift, they also offer customisable 3D-printed doorsills, dashboards panels, puddle lights and inserts for the side indicators.
With its new range of turbocharged power plants, the MINI Convertible can be cheap to run. As with all convertibles, the extra bracing needed to make up for losing the roof does add weight which is noticed in economy figures, but this alone shouldn’t be enough to put you off the convertible all together.