Mini Convertible

Mini Convertible information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the open-air Mini. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Mini Convertible car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background
The Mini Convertible is an open-top version of the Mini hatchback with a folding canvas roof. There’s not much space, but plenty of fun guaranteed with one of the best-driving front-drive chassis around. For more information on the Mini Convertible, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test
Now slightly outmoded as it’s still based on the Mk2 Mini while the hatch has moved into its third iteration, but the convertible Mini hasn’t run out of niche appeal. The motorised canvas roof takes 15 seconds to retract, after which it sits, spoiler-like, partially proud of the boot.  A single-piece rollover bar stays hidden behind the rear seats, springing into action if disaster strikes. Happily, handling remains taut and non-wobbly roof-down, and the Cooper S version is still more than brisk enough.

The one we’d buy
Cooper S

The one we’d avoid like the plague
The wind in your hair sounds better without diesel accompaniment

Rivals to consider
Audi A3 Cabrio, Citroen DS3 Cabrio, Fiat 500C, Mazda MX-5

For
Neat roof, still fun to drive, relatively quiet with the hood up

Against
Not the most comfortable car to ride in the back of, due for replacement soon

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