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Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]

Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
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Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]
Mini CONVERTIBLE 1.5 Cooper Classic II 2dr [Comfort Pack]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG50.40
  • 0-62mph8.8 secs
  • Top Speed128 mph
  • C02127 g/km
  • BHP136
  • Torque162 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

Review

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

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This improved third generation MINI Cooper Convertible looks usefully more appealing. The experts at Car & Driving check it out.

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 136bhp MINI Cooper Convertible will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds and hit 129mph. There's also a 116bhp Cooper D diesel model, a pokier 192bhp Cooper S petrol version and a flagship 231bhp 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 updated range we're looking at here, nothing's fundamentally changed engine-wise, though MINI says that minor changes have been made 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 the addition of standard-fit LED front and rear lights, plus there's now extra scope for all-important personalisation. 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. The rival DS 3 Cabriolet model can also be specified with a patterned roof, but the Union Flag has long been associated with the MINI. There's also a new MINI logo that appears on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, instrument display and central locking remote control.

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. 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 Strong competition comes from the much cheaper Fiat 500C, the slightly less expensive DS 3 Cabriolet and more pricey Audi A3 Cabriolet. 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. The standard Cooper Convertible petrol model returns 55.4mpg on the combined cycle. For more impressive economy, the Cooper D Convertible returns 70.6mpg, and as you might expect, the sporty Cooper S Convertible consumes a lot more, returning 46.3mpg. 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 Fiat and DS. MINI's 'TLC Pack' is a five year/ 500,000 mile service package that costs around £350. CO2 Emissions are reasonable across the range, but all three variants fall into different tax bands. The Cooper Convertible costs £30 a year for 114g/km, the Cooper S Convertible, £130 a year for 139g/km, but the manual Cooper D Convertible, emitting just 100g/km CO2, costs nothing in tax. 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 improved 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.

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Entertainment
4 speakers
6.5" touchscreen with LED ring
FM tuner and DAB digital radio
Exterior Features
Body colour mirror caps
Hood - Black
LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights
Solid paint
Automatic headlight activation switch
Body colour fuel filler cap
Chrome border high gloss black slats radiator grille
Dynamic brake lights
Electric windows
Heated rear window
Heated windscreen washer jets
Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
Metal door sill strips with MINI imprint
Model logo Cooper on right of tailgate
Rain sensor window wipers
Rear fog lights
Rear LED lights with union jack design
Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
Sun/heat protection glass
White indicator lenses
Interior Features
Black velour floor mats
Driver and front passenger seat heating
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Firework cloth upholstery
Front centre armrest
Passenger seat height adjuster
Three spoke steering wheel with speed limiter and audio/communication controls
12V socket in centre console
4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
50/50 split folding rear seats
Chrome interior highlights
Colour line - Carbon black
Cupholders
Easy Load boot handles
Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
Glove compartment
Height and length steering column adjustment
Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
Multifunction steering wheel
Storage compartments in doors
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Tool kit
Packs
Storage pack - Mini Convertible
Trim
Hazy grey interior trim
Wheels
15" Heli spoke alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Driver Convenience
Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation
Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
Instrument cluster
Mini E-call
MINI TeleServices
On board computer
Rear park distance control
Service interval indicator
Safety
3x3 point seatbelts on all four seats
6 Airbags - front, side and seat belt tensioners
Active rollover protection
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
Front and rear disc brakes
Hill start assist
Single tone fanfare horn
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
Electronic vehicle immobiliser
Keyless Go
Technical
Double Vanos system
Fully variable valve control
High precision injection
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 127
Noise Level dB(A) 68
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 150
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 141
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 159
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 146
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 130
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 121
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 189
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 141
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 133
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1499
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B38A15M1
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 50.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 58.9
EC Urban (mpg) 40.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 44.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 49.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 53.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 34
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 34.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 47.9
General
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 136
Coin Series Cooper Classic II Cm
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 21E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.8
Engine Power - BHP 136
Engine Power - KW 100
Engine Power - RPM 4500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 162
Engine Torque - MKG 22.4
Engine Torque - NM 220
Engine Torque - RPM 1480
Top Speed 128
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 175/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear 175/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style HELI SPOKE
Wheel Type 15" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1415
Length 3821
Wheelbase 2495
Width 1727
Width (including mirrors) 1932
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 40
Gross Vehicle Weight 1670
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 160
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 215
Max. Loading Weight 440
Minimum Kerbweight 1230
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.8

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £320.99 p/m £19.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £343.99 p/m £29.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £355.99 p/m £50.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £261.99 p/m £18.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £278.99 p/m £42.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £295.99 p/m £65.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £231.99 p/m £27.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £247.99 p/m £47.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £262.99 p/m £78.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £384.99 p/m £23.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £412.99 p/m £35.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £426.99 p/m £60.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £313.99 p/m £22.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £334.99 p/m £50.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £354.99 p/m £78.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £277.99 p/m £33.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £297.99 p/m £57.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £315.99 p/m £93.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £100+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
MINI Driving Modes £200.00
Entertainment
Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers £600.00
Exterior Features
Adaptive LED Headlights with matrix function £500.00
Black mirror caps FOC
Bonnet Stripes - Black £150.00
Bonnet Stripes - White £150.00
Chrome line exterior £130.00
Heated front windscreen £150.00
Metallic paint £525.00
Mini Yours soft top - Black/Union Jack £650.00
MINI Yours Special solid paint £750.00
Special solid paint £525.00
White mirror caps FOC
Interior Features
3 spoke sport leather steering wheel + cruise control with brake function, limiter function and audio controls £350.00
Cross punch leather upholstery with sport seats + lumbar support £1,300.00
Diamond cloth/leather upholstery with sport seats £800.00
Rear accessory carrier preparation £200.00
Packs
Comfort plus pack - Mini Convertible £700.00
Convertible pack with comfort access - Mini Convertible £500.00
Driving Assistance pack with cruise control - Mini Convertible Cooper Classic £800.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Caribbean aqua £525.00
Metallic - Electric blue £525.00
Metallic - Emerald grey £525.00
Metallic - Melting silver £525.00
Metallic - Midnight black £525.00
Metallic - Moonwalk Grey £525.00
Metallic - Solaris orange £525.00
Metallic - Starlight Blue £525.00
Metallic - White silver £525.00
MINI Yours Special Solid - Lapisluxury Blue £750.00
Solid - Pepper White FOC
Special solid - Chili red £525.00
Safety
Warning triangle and first aid kit £60.00
Technical
Adaptive suspension £600.00
Trim
Chrome line interior £130.00
Cross punch leather - Carbon black with sport seats + lumbar support £1,300.00
Diamond cloth/leather - Carbon black with sport seats £800.00
Firework cloth - Carbon black FOC
Piano black interior trim £160.00
Wheels
16" Loop spoke alloy wheels £500.00
16" Loop spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres £700.00
16" Victory spoke alloy wheels in black £600.00
16" Victory spoke alloy wheels in black with run flat tyres £800.00
17" Cosmos spoke alloy wheels in black £1,100.00
17" Cosmos spoke alloy wheels in black with run flat tyres £1,300.00
17" Cosmos spoke alloy wheels in silver £1,000.00
17" Cosmos spoke alloy wheels in silver with run flat tyres £1,200.00
* option prices shown are estimated