Following the successful release of the new MINI in late 2000, we then saw the arrival of the soft-top model. Powered by the same range of engines as the classic hatch, the soft-top was available in a range of trims from the Cabrio to the Sidewalk. Later in 2013 when the third generation of MINI was introduced, open-air driving lovers were thrilled to see an updated convertible in the mix.
Since then, the convertible has been tweaked and modernised with the most recent refresh happening in 2021. This model may not be as practical as the classic MINI Hatch’s, but certainly, a lot of fun to drive. If you’re in the market for a convertible, then let’s take a more detailed look at this model.
If you can rock the windswept hair then this is the car for you. The MINI Convertible promises open-air and open-ended adventure, which may be difficult in our UK climate. Luckily the soft top can be dropped in just seconds, however, to quickly be able to enjoy those spontaneous bursts of sunshine.
The Mini Convertible is looking as sleek as ever after it’s refresh. Fog lights have been integrated for a modernised front alongside a much sportier-looking grille. You’ll definitely stand out in this iconic design.
This sleek style does however come at the expense of practicality. When your soft top is closed, you have 215-litres of boot space, compared to just 160-litres when your convertible is in full swing. There is some useful storage towards the front of the vehicle, but bare in mind that the door bins are on the smaller side.
As with the classic Hatch models, the MINI Convertible boasts a striking interior with a cheeky nod to the 60’s. The centre console and infotainment centre are logically positioned and very easy to use, allowing for a very relaxed and safe driver experience.
As standard, the MINI Convertible gets a 6.5” colour screen as part of the centre console which includes Bluetooth, DAB Radio and a USB Socket. The optional Navigation Pack adds both sat-nav and Apple CarPlay, making this a great option for your next road trip, given that you’ve packed lightly.
Similarly to the 3-Door and 5-Door Hatch, the MINI Convertible has a range of engine sizes for you to choose from.
Entry-level Cooper Classic models come with loads of features, such as LED headlights and rear lights, a sunroof function within the soft-top and automatic headlight activation. With a 136hp 1.5-litre engine, this model is cheap to run and could therefore be ideal for first-time drivers.
The Cooper Exclusive model has larger 17” alloy wheels, a John Cooper Works bodykit and automatic cruise control. With the same engine size as the Cooper Classic, this model is just as cheap to run but with a much sportier feel.
The top of the range within the Convertible family is the Cooper S Sport and John Cooper Works. With 2-litre engine sizes and up to 231hp in the John Cooper Works, these models are by far the fastest. You’ll also find an upgraded leather steering wheel and seats, a rain sensor and the MINI excitement pack. This includes the MINI logo projection, illuminated door handles and LED mood lighting.
The MINI Convertible pairs the inimitable spirit of the original Hatch with the excitement and fun of a soft-top. If the Convertible is something that you think you’d love, there is luckily plenty of choices for you to choose from, from the Classic Cooper to the infamous John Cooper Works.
Bare in mind, that storage is very limited and probably won’t be suitable for a family car. It can also be rather fiddly getting passengers in and out of the rear seats, especially when the roof is down. Something like the VW T-Roc Cabriolet is a much roomier alternative if you’ll regularly have passengers in the back.