2016 Mini Cooper Convertible Quick Review

By Damion Smy, 26 Apr 2016 Car Reviews

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2016 Mini Cooper Convertible Quick Review

This is an all-new Mini Cooper Convertible. Its unmistakable looks show a distinct lineage to the original and, alongside the Fiat 500C, it’s a clear style icon.

Much larger than before, the Mini Cooper drop-top is now officially a four-seater. Its folding roof takes 18 seconds to open or close and can be operated at speeds of up to 30km/h. With a new three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo engine, it comes with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

STRENGTHS

  •          Unmistakable styling matched to a boutique, sophisticated high quality ‘café’ interior.
  •          Refined and comfortable even with the roof open.
  •          Efficient engine delivers a fun note, and has enough power to make the Mini an enjoyable car to drive.

WEAKNESSES

  •          A four-seater, but the rear seat’s not really for adults.
  •          Larger dimensions mean the roof actually takes longer to operate than its predecessor.
  •          A wind deflector, sat-nav and head-up display, are all extras, despite premium over Cooper hatch.

ANY RIVALS I SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER? 

If you’re looking for a fun-to-drive, stylish open-top small car then the Fiat 500C – much cheaper and smaller than the Mini – should also be on your shopping list. The Audi A3 Cabriolet also offers four-seat, open top premium motoring, while the more affordable, spacious Holden Cascada can also carry four with its roof down. The two-seat Mazda MX-5 is much smaller than the Mini, but is a must-see for those seeking entertaining al-fresco motoring.