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Mini Convertible

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Mini Convertible

(2016 - present)

    Summary


    The Mini Convertible is a small cabriolet based on the Mini hatch. The current model is the third generation of the resurrected Mini, launched in early 2016 and facelifted a couple of times, most recently in early 2021. Most models are built here in the UK.

    The Convertible range consists of the Cooper and Cooper S models, which are both covered here, and the high-performance John Cooper Works model. We’re building a separate page for the JCW version, so check back soon.

    There are few direct rivals for the Mini Convertible, as other similar-sized four-seater cabriolets have largely disappeared from the marketplace. The Mazda MX-5 has similar price and performance, but is a two-seat roadster with even less practicality, while other four-seaters are significantly larger and more expensive.

    The Mini Convertible has received positive reviews from across the UK motoring media, although the top-spec Cooper S tends to score more poorly than the lower-level models. It has been particularly praised for its driving experience and interior quality. The only major criticisms relate to its limited practicality and harsh ride on Cooper S models.

    As of May 2022, the Mini Convertible has an Expert Rating of 75%, based on 21 different reviews published by the UK media.

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    Mini Convertible highlights

    • Fun to drive
    • Impressive interior trim
    • Sensible running costs
    • Agile handling
    • More boot space than regular Mini

    Mini Convertible lowlights

    • Not very practical day-to-day
    • Rigid ride comfort
    • Unjustifiably more expensive than regular Mini

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small convertible
    Engines: petrol
    Price: From £21,305 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2016
    Last updated: Winter 2020/21
    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


    Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    As of May 2022, the Mini Convertible has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. The three-door Mini hatch was tested back in 2014 and scored a four-star rating, but this score does not apply to the Mini Convertible as the vehicle structure has been significantly altered by removing the roof.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    Model tested: 1.5-litre petrol automatic

    Overall score: 2.5 stars
    Date tested: February 2021
    Read the full Green NCAP review

    Clean Air Index: 4.2 / 10
    Energy Efficiency Index: 4.6 / 10
    Greenhouse Gas Index: 3.8 / 10

    The Mini Convertible has not been tested by Green NCAP. However, its economy and emissions will be broadly similar to the Mini hatch.

    The Mini Cooper 1.5-litre petrol automatic hatch received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

    Green NCAP said: “The Mini hatch is tested here in its latest form and with the three-cylinder turbocharged 1.5 litre petrol engine. The car has a gasoline particulate filter (GPF) and a three-way catalyst and, on the whole, these work well to curb pollutant emissions.

    “NOx is especially well controlled in all tests and the GPF helps to keep particulate number down. Ammonia, NH3, is the weak point and in the high-load highway test emissions of this unregulated greenhouse gas are high enough to negate the positive scores gained for the good control of other pollutants. Energy efficiency is unexceptional. N2O and CH4 are well controlled but emissions of CO2 result in modest scores in the tests.

    “Overall, the car’s indexes are consistent in all three areas of assessment and lead to a 2½ star rating.

    This rating only applies to the 1.5-litre petrol automatic version of the Mini hatch, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

    Reliability rating

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    The Mini Convertible has a below-average reliability score, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided to us by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This applies to all three generations of the Mini Convertible, not just the current model. This is worth bearing in mind if you are planning to buy a used car.

    The good news is that the most common problems are relatively inexpensive, according to the claims data. The most expensive problems – gearbox issues, shown in red – can be crippingly expensive with an average repair cost of £2,600, but fortunately they are rare.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mini Convertible has received

    2021

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Convertible
    • What Car? Awards – Best Convertible for Value
    • Carbuyer Awards – Best Convertible

    2020

    • Carbuyer Awards – Best Convertible
    • Auto Express Awards – Best Convertible

    2019

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Convertible
    • Carbuyer Awards – Best Convertible

    2018

    • Carbuyer Awards – Best Convertible
    • Auto Express Awards – Best Convertible

    2017

    • Carbuyer Awards – Best Convertible

    2016

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Convertible

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    Mini ConvertibleThe Mini Convertible has received positive media reviews and several awards, with praise for its driving dynamics and build quality.