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Mini Convertible

(2016 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

64
%
B

Reliability Rating:

81
%
B

Running Costs:

58
%
C

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

64
%
B

Reliability Rating:

81
%
B

Running Costs:

58
%
C

Summary


The Mini Convertible is a small cabriolet based on the three-door 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.

Unlike the Mini hatch, which is built in the UK, the Convertible is built in the Netherlands. Apparently, this will change with the next-generation Mini Convertible, but that’s not expected to arrive until 2024.

The Mini Convertible range consists of the Cooper and Cooper S models, which are both covered here, and the high-performance John Cooper Works model, which is not included here.

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 January 2024, the Mini Convertible has a New Car Expert Rating of B with a score of 67%. This score is currently the highest of any petrol-powered model in Mini’s range.

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
  • Significantly more expensive than regular Mini

Key specifications


Body style: Small convertible
Engines: petrol
Price: From £25,890 on-road

Launched: Spring 2016
Last updated: Winter 2020/21
Replacement due: approx. 2024


Media reviews


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The Sunday Times

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, 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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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Mini Convertible is higher than average in its 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.

In terms of owner surveys, the Mini Convertible ranked top in the coupé/convertible/sports car class in the 2022 What Car? reliability survey.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models44 mpgC41 – 47 mpgC – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models140 g/kmB134 – 154 g/kmA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models25B21 – 50A – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£173A
Year 2£473A
Year 3£751A
Year 4£1,005A
Year 5£1,334A
Overall£3,736A

The Mini Convertible is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption is only average, which is disappointing for a small car. However, the news is much better for other costs. Servicing over the first five years should be excellent, while insurance premiums should also be very good – although with quite a wide variation, depending on which model you choose.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mini Convertible has received

2023

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

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Convertible + Best Used Convertible

2021

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

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Convertible

2016

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Convertible

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