MINI

MINI CONVERTIBLE 2.0 Cooper S Classic Premium Plus 2dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2141 g/km

OPEN SEASON ON MINIS

One of the most stylish convertibles around is the cheeky MINI drop top. June Neary tries it for size.

Will It Suit Me?

Let's face it, I don't have a large family to cart about daily. My other half isn't even that big, so I don't really need a car with a whole lot of seats. Therefore something MINI-sized would suit me nicely and I'm a sucker for anything with a soft top. Once the MINI Convertible arrived at the office, I made sure I intercepted the driver, signed the forms and then surreptitiously sneaked the car to the end of the car park behind a Renault Master van. There was no way the boss was going to pull rank on me with this one, especially as it was Friday and the weather forecast for the weekend was uncharacteristically promising. Time to work on that tan.

Practicalities

Let's not get too hung up on the practicalities. This car is all about fun. The roof itself is a fully automatic fabric affair, MINI wisely choosing to reject the far more complex folding hard top fashion. Opting for this more complex engineering solution would not only have ruined the MINI's shape but also severely impinged on its luggage space. As it stands, the MINI retains a characteristic profile with the roof in place yet looks appealingly cheeky with the hood down. Press a button once and the roof slides back by 40cm, creating a sunroof effect. Press it again and the hood retracts fully, folding down behind the rear seats. Clever use of space means the luggage capacity of this MK3 model car is considerably improved - 215-litres with the roof closed and 160-litres with it folded down. This allows for up to three typical airline cabin cases, so everyday practicality is much improved. That's enough for a couple of squashy bags but if you're planning a week away, you're going to need to pack light, pack cheap or else, schedule a trip to the Laundromat.

Behind the Wheel

The first thing that I would say about driving the MINI is that it is not a reproduction of Alec Issigonis's original dream, but more a synthetic repackaging. Unfortunately, the word synthetic fits pretty well - what at first looks like aluminium is in fact rather thin plastic. Still, these things are cosmetic - I could learn to live with them. MINI claim their Convertible offers the same go-kart style handling as the hatch and this is testament to thorough bracing. Weight has crept up and as a result acceleration is a little blunted compared to the hard top sibling but even the base petrol Cooper version will sprint to 62mph in a very reasonable 8.8 seconds. At speeds of up to 18mph, the fabric top can be lowered or raised in 18 seconds, so when the British weather does what it does, you'll not be left out in the rain for too long.

Value For Money

MINI motoring isn't especially cheap. The basic petrol MINI Cooper Convertible starts at around £18,500 for the manual version, the diesel costs from just over £20,000 and the top of the range John Cooper Works model from a little over £28,000. All variants are available in Manual and Automatic transmissions. Safety kit includes ABS brakes with EBD Electronic Brake Force Distribution to maximise their effectiveness, CBC Cornering Brake Control and Brake Assist to help in an emergency stop. Twin front and side airbags are of course standard too, as is DSC Dynamic Stability Control to help you out on slippery roads or if you enter a corner too fast. All Coopers come with air conditioning which also keeps the glovebox cool to stop your chocolate getting sticky, rear parking sensors, MP3 compatability for the stereo and alloy wheels. It's a pity though that the wind blocker that makes roof-down motoring at speed so much more relaxing resides on the options list. One option of dubious value is what MINI are calling their 'Openometer'. This, believe it or not, records the amount of time spent by the owner driving with the top down. I've given it a lot of thought and I'm still not sure why you'd ever want to know that...

Could I Live With One?

I think I could live with MINI's Convertible, even in a country where the sun shines as infrequently as Britain. It's not quite as sharp a driver's tool as its hard top siblings but that's a small sacrifice to pay.

  • Electric windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor window wipers
  • Sun/heat protection glass

  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Hill start assist

  • Velour floor mats

  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Flexible car sharing preparation
  • Mini E-call

  • Cruise control with brake assist
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

  • MINI TeleServices
  • Instrument cluster
  • Service interval indicator
  • On board computer

  • Piano black interior trim

  • Performance Control
  • High precision injection
  • Double Vanos system
  • Fully variable valve control

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Metal door sill strips with Cooper S imprint
  • Chrome border honeycomb structure radiator grille with S badge
  • Bonnet scoop
  • Chrome plated fuel cap
  • Fully electric black softtop with integrated sunroof functionality
  • Model logo Cooper S on right of tailgate
  • Two central exhaust tailpipes with chrome finisher
  • Rear boot

  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights
  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • Third brake light
  • White indicator lenses
  • Rear fog lights
  • Dynamic brake lights

  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Cupholders
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Tool kit
  • Glove compartment
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • 12V Accessory socket in centre console
  • Three spoke steering wheel with speed limiter and audio/communication controls
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Easy Load boot handles
  • Carbon Black colour line, knee roll and door armrests

  • Interior lighting with 12 different colours running across the dashboard, underneath door bezel illuminated laser engraved design on central display
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats

  • Convertible pack with comfort access - Mini Convertible
  • Premium plus pack - Mini Convertible Cooper S

  • 6 Airbags - front, side and seat belt tensioners
  • 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Two tone horn
  • Active rollover protection

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Single front passenger seat
  • 2 seat bench in 2nd row

  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Keyless Go

  • Steptronic sport transmission with double clutch and steering wheel paddles

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.188
  • HC: 0.013
  • NOx: 0.009
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0007
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 141

  • Engine Code: B48A20M1
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • Coin Series: Cooper S Cls Prem+
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 178
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 27E
  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 28.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 131
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 207
  • Engine Torque - NM: 280
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Engine Power - BHP: 178
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.9
  • Top Speed: 143

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: REVOLITE SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 195/55 R16

  • Width (including mirrors): 1928
  • Height: 1415
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3876
  • Width: 1727
  • Wheelbase: 2495

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1325
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1745
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 160
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Loading Weight: 420
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 215
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Black mirror caps: £0
  • Body colour mirror caps: Included
  • White mirror caps: £0

  • Bonnet Stripes - White: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - Black: £150
  • Special metallic paint: £525
  • Special solid paint: £525
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • MINI Yours special metallic paint: £750

  • Mini Yours soft top - Black/Union Jack: £650

  • Double stripe cloth upholstery with sport seats: Included
  • Leatherette upholstery with sport seats: £1,000
  • Light chequered cloth upholstery with sport seats: £600
  • Cloth upholstery with sports seats: £500

  • Metallic - Moonwalk grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pepper white: £525
  • Special solid - Chili red: £525
  • Special solid - Zesty yellow: £525
  • Special Metallic - Rooftop grey: £525
  • Special Metallic - British racing green: £525
  • MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic black: £750
  • Special Metallic - White silver: £525
  • Special Metallic - Island blue: £525
  • Special Metallic - Midnight black ll: £525

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • Double stripe cloth - Carbon black with sport seats: £0
  • Cloth - Carbon black with sports seats: £500
  • Light chequered cloth - Satellite grey with sports seats: £600

  • Leatherette - Carbon black with sport seats: £1,000

  • 16" Revolite spoke alloy wheels: Included
  • 17" Pedal spoke alloy wheels in black: £600

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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