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MINI Convertible

The independent definitive MINI Convertible video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

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

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 72

    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.

    Backgroundword count: 126

    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 Experienceword count: 229

    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.

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    0-62mph (secs):

    6.6 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)

    CO2 (g/km):

    152 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)


    4 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)


    6 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)

    Engine Power (bhp):

    231 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)

    Engine Power (ps):

    234.21 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)

    Engine Size (cc):

    1998 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)

    Engine Torque (lb/ft):

    236 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)

    Engine Torque (nm):

    320 (Convertible 2.0 John Cooper Works)

    ... and 13 other stats available

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