1. An automatic transmission is now no extra cost for Mini Convertible buyers. That makes the new Cooper Convertible’s $37,900 starting price $4800 less than its automatic predecessor.
2. Despite this, the trade-up from a Cooper three-door hatch to the Convertible is a considerable $11,250.
3. The three-cylinder engine in the Mini Convertible has been available in the Mini three-and five-door hatches since 2015. The engine is also offered in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
4 .The previous model was called ‘Cabrio’; the name change reflects the streamlined range for the new generation Mini, which will no longer includes Roadster and Paceman models.
5. The Mini Cooper Convertible is one of three Convertible models: Cooper, Cooper S and later in 2016, the flagship Cooper S John Cooper Works will arrive in Australia.
6. The boot lid opens flat to support up to 80kg of weight, while the Mini’s larger dimensions see the boot grow 45 litres to 215 litres.
7. This is the third-generation Mini since BMW took over ownership of the brand in 1994. Australia didn’t get the first version, making this only the second generation of open-top Mini sold here.
Read our review on the Mini Cooper Convertible here.