MINI

MINI CONVERTIBLE 2.0 John Cooper Works II 2dr [Nav Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2165 g/km

It's pretty hard to take exception to MINI's improved MK3 model Convertible. It delivers surprising space for passengers and luggage, a stylish roadway demeanour and a customisable fabric roof. This current version has been usefully updated in recent years with fresh technology, smart connectivity, standard-fit front and rear LED lights across the range, plus an advanced dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As before, buyers can pick three cylinder, four cylinder and JCW performance versions.

OPEN WIDE AND SAY AHHHH

This third generation MINI Cooper Convertible continues to look appealing. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

It's pretty hard to take exception to MINI's improved MK3 model Convertible. It delivers surprising space for passengers and luggage, a stylish roadway demeanour and a customisable fabric roof. This current version has been usefully updated in recent years with fresh technology, smart connectivity, standard-fit front and rear LED lights across the range, plus an advanced dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As before, buyers can pick three cylinder, four cylinder and JCW performance versions.

Background

When BMW re-booted the MINI brand in 2001, it took three years to add a convertible to the range. Once on sale, four people could enjoy the open-air adventures MINI promised, although the rear passengers had a tight squeeze getting into the back. Things were improved in the second generation version we saw in 2009, but the space was still very limited. Still, this drop-top model sold well, stealing sales not only from small cabriolets aimed at Kings Road cruising, but also grabbing a few from more focused open-topped sportscars. This third generation convertible model, launched in 2016, grew in every dimension and MINI managed to do this without ruining this car's charm. Plus there are some innovative options over and above some high-tech standard equipment.

Driving Experience

The Convertible MINI has a slightly different remit from the hatchback - being all about style - but the fact that it invokes the Cooper name across all variants hints at the potential for driving thrills. The base 136hp MINI Cooper Convertible will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds and hit 129mph. There's also a pokier 192hp Cooper S petrol version and a flagship 231hp John Cooper Works derivative. High performance though, hardly seems relevant in a four seat soft-top: what is important is the operation of the newly-designed roof. At speeds of up to 18mph, this 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. If you just want to open the small portion over the front seats, it can slide back 40cm, automatically, at any speed. In the current range we're looking at here, nothing's fundamentally changed engine-wise, though MINI says that minor changes have been made in recent years to its TwinPower Turbo Technology across the board, improving engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling set-up and the exhaust system. Perhaps most significant though is the news that the brand has at last got around to fitting in a proper dual-clutch auto gearbox for those wanting a self-shifter, this now a 7-speed unit.

Design and Build

The styling of this revised MK3 model doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal a range of subtle updates. The front-view is dominated by a larger radiator grille with a black, hexagonal surround, flanked by the hallmark round MINI headlights. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black. The wheel arch has new contours, the side indicators have been redesigned to feature LED technology and at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit. Otherwise, this third generation MINI Cooper Convertible retains the basic overall body shape that we all know and love, with each of its key dimensions just a little larger than those of its earlier pre-2016 MK2 model predecessor. This addresses the main criticisms of the older design in two key areas: the back seats and the boot. Rear passengers get more legroom, making access the second row easier. When the folded fabric roof is down, it forms a wrap-around collar around the back seats, rather than disappearing completely. It encroaches slightly into the boot area but despite this, the luggage capacity is these days a reasonably acceptable 215-litres with the roof closed and 160-litres with it folded down. The roof is customisable and retracts in 18 seconds. Optional is a woven Union Flag option. Interior updates include the standardisation of MINI's largest 8.8-inch centre touchscreen display and Piano Black high-gloss surfacing. Chrome elements have been significantly reduced throughout the interior with the two outer air outlets framed by black panels. The internal air vents have been completely redesigned and are now embedded to be flush with the interior surface. Plus the sports leather steering wheel has been redesigned and conventional analogue instrument dials have been replaced with a digital display.

Market and Model

As part of the BMW group, MINI has become a premium brand in the small car sector and as such can command a higher price than would be expected for a car that started life as a cheap and cheerful runabout. There's a choice of 'Classic', 'Sport' or 'Exclusive' trim levels. The basic petrol MINI Cooper Convertible starts at around £21,500 for the manual Cooper version, the Cooper S costs from just over £25,000 and the top of the range John Cooper Works model from around £30,000. All variants are available in Manual and Automatic transmissions Strong competition comes from the much cheaper Fiat 500C or the more pricey Audi A3 Cabriolet and BMW 3 Series Convertible models. For its price, the MINI doesn't have the most impressive list of standard features but it does have parking sensors, reversing camera, Bluetooth and 'MINI Connected'. This is a system that integrates your MINI with your smartphone, for infotainment, communication and driving experience apps. An XL version of the Connected app is available as an option and among its enhanced features is a useful rain-warning sensor. Plus it can alert a driver who has left the car open-topped that rain is on its way.

Cost of Ownership

Like all new cars, this MINI has improved in this area. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The standard Cooper Convertible petrol model in manual form returns up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 134g/km. The sporty Cooper S Convertible consumes a lot more, returning up to 43.5mpg and up to 148g/km. All of these figures would, at one time, have been considered exceptional for a car of the MINI's size, but they are equalled and bettered by the rivals from brands like Fiat. MINI's 'TLC Pack' is a five year/ 500,000 mile service package that costs around £350. Good residual values can be expected, especially as this car addresses many of the problems of the old car and should remain a desirable option for many years. Expect the MINI Cooper Convertible mostly to fall into insurance groups 17-20, depending on the variant.

Summary

So, this third generation MINI Convertible looks great, is brilliantly designed, cheap to run and holds its value. It's even a bit more practical than you might be expecting. OK, you could perhaps complain about the premium pricing but in truth, there's not really much more than that to put off would-be Convertible purchasers who need a more involving drive than one of those hairdessers' cabriolets but don't want a sports roadster either. This car has so much more street-cred than obvious rivals and is far-less gender-specific (all right, female-orientated), which will matter to male buyers nearly as much as the fact that it's huge fun to drive. A MINI adventure then, that could see you living happily ever after.

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

  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Hill start assist
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Red brake callipers with John Cooper Works logo
  • 17" front sport brake with 4 piston fixed calliper

  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Mini E-call

  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)
  • Rear park distance control

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

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

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

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

  • John Cooper Works - aerodynamic kit, front and rear sport bumpers and part-painted side sills with door sill finishers
  • Metal door sill strips with Cooper S imprint
  • Bonnet scoop
  • Fully electric black softtop with integrated sunroof functionality
  • Two central exhaust tailpipes with chrome finisher
  • Piano black border radiator grille with honeycomb structure in black matt and John Cooper Works logo with upper individual grille strut in chilli red
  • Side scuttle with MINI John Cooper Works logo in black high-gloss with red border
  • Piano black exterior
  • Chrome plated fuel cap
  • Model logo John Cooper Works on right of tailgate

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

  • Manual air conditioning

  • Tool kit
  • Cupholders
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Glove compartment
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • John Cooper Works perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching in chilli red and John Cooper Works logo
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Easy Load boot handles
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Rubberised stainless steel pedals

  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats

  • Navigation pack - Mini Convertible
  • Convertible pack with comfort access - Mini Convertible

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

  • Rear head restraints
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats
  • John Cooper Works seats
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Leatherette integrated headrest, adjustable thigh support with john cooper works logo

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

  • Performance Control
  • 6 Speed manual transmission including gear change indicator display

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 224
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 225
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 165
  • CO2 (g/km): 166
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 72
  • CO: 0.596
  • NOx: 0.014
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0003

  • 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: 10.2:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B48A20O1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 34
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 49.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.5

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • 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: 231
  • 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: 33E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: JCW II Nav
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 170
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque - NM: 320
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1450
  • Engine Power - BHP: 231
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.6
  • Top Speed: 150
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6

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

  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: TRACK SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 1932
  • Height: 1415
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3874
  • Width: 1727
  • Wheelbase: 2495

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1330
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1770
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 160
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Loading Weight: 440
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 215
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Heated front windscreen: £150

  • Adaptive suspension: £600
  • Sports suspension: Included
  • Delete sports suspension: £0

  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

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

  • Piano black interior trim: Included
  • Mini Yours illuminated piano black interior trim: £250
  • Satellite grey interior colour: £100

  • Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers: £600
  • 4 speakers: Included

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

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

  • Colour line - Carbon black: Included
  • Colour line - Satellite grey: £260
  • Colour line - Malt brown: £260
  • Colour line - Glowing red: £260
  • Chester leather upholstery with sport seats: £500
  • Dinamica/Leather upholstery with JCW sport seats: Included
  • MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats: £500

  • Driving Assistant pack with Active cruise control - Mini Convertible: £800

  • Metallic - Solaris orange: £525
  • Metallic - Starlight Blue: £525
  • Metallic - White silver: £525
  • Metallic - Moonwalk Grey: £525
  • Metallic - Caribbean aqua: £525
  • Metallic - Midnight black: £525
  • Metallic - Thunder grey: £525
  • Metallic - British Racing Green: £525

  • Solid - Pepper White: £0

  • MINI Yours Special Solid - Rebel Green: £750
  • Special solid - Chili red: £525
  • MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic Black: £750

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • Chester leather - Satellite grey with sport seats: £500
  • Chester leather - Malt Brown with sports seats: £500
  • MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats: £500

  • Dinamica/leather - Carbon black with JCW sport seats: £0

  • 17" John Cooper Works track spoke alloy wheels: Included
  • 18" John cooper works cup spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £700

  • Tyre repair kit: Included

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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