The Mini Convertible is a car that manages to retain all the quirky features that make the brand what it is, while adding a summertime beach vibe. Here’s everything you need to know.
If you’re fond of the Mini Cooper, chances are you’re going to love the Mini Convertible as well. And how could you not? There’s plenty to enjoy when it comes to this quirky car, most notably its iconic charm as a small city cruiser that able to crawl through any area, no matter how narrow it is. While the Minis of today might find that a bit tricky due to the fact they have bulked up over the course of several generations of BMW ownership, there is no denying that the Mini Convertible is a unique car. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Racy Engine Options
Depending on the trim level you opt for, your Mini Convertible can be equipped with either a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder or a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The former produces 134 horsepower with 162 lb.-ft. of torque, whereas the latter generates a healthy 189 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The options for transmissions include a choice between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission, both of which work exceptionally well. The automatic is ever so slightly quicker if you’re nitpicky about your 0-100 km/h, but the short-shifting stick and clutch are superbly engaging. Should you choose the option of an automatic transmission, you can also include the paddle shifters, for an even more engaging and enjoyable ride.
Mini Charm Through and Through
The Mini has always had some sort of special, custom-designed quirky charm that has garnered a faithful following over the course of several decades. The Convertible seems to be continuing in the same footsteps, as evidenced by the numerous interesting details found throughout the cabin. One of the standout features include the ability to change drive mode between Eco and Sport and the central display actually shows little thought bubbles emerging from a picture of a car.
This serves absolutely no other function apart from being creatively informative, but is a fine example of how much attention to detail Mini puts into their vehicles. That said, the BMW approach is written all over the Mini Convertible, starting with the previously mentioned high-tech central display. The “openometer” is a cool feature that allows the owner to track their overall percentage of top-down usage. It even comes with an app that warns you of impending rain shower in case you need to put the roof back up.
A Pleasure to Throw Into a Corner
Though the steering is slightly on the twitchy side which is common for a Mini, the Convertible does surprise with commendable body control, especially on curvy roads. There is ample grip present throughout any gear and at any speed, and the traction control system genuinely works towards putting the horsepower on to the road without causing the car to slow down. The Mini is as cheerful as ever when it comes to keeping up with your desire for speed, making it all the more fun to drive with the top down.
A Worthy Investment
The Mini Convertible is a car that does not compromise when it comes to unique design and distinct driving feel. Providing adequate power and handling to make even quick trips across town fun. Although the look of the Convertible may not be to everyone’s liking, those that have a taste for a compact sporty car are sure to fall in love at first sight. From the exterior styling and sharp interior, to the quick and smooth driving feel, this car will not disappoint as your next car.