Mini Convertible variants
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Total cash price £21,599. Borrowing £17,279 with a £4,320 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
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Mini Convertible buying guide

There are a handful of trim and engine choices to personalise your Mini Convertible. We'll talk you through each here, so you can find the best version for you.

What Mini Convertible trim levels are there?

With the exception of the most powerful JCW version, either of the Convertible's regular engines can be had with any of its three trim levels – unlike many rivals, which force you into a top-spec trim if you also want more performance.

Entry-level Classic cars get alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, and a basic infotainment system with DAB and Bluetooth. Picking the Cooper S engine alongside Classic trim also brings larger alloys, cruise control and driving modes.

Sport trim adds even larger alloy wheels and a meaner-looking body kit. You also get sports seats and a leather steering wheels with JCW detailing. Cruise control and driving modes are also fitted as standard. Lower, sports suspension was a no-cost option on this trim until 2021, when it was replaced with standard-fit adaptive suspension.

Exclusive gets its own unique 17-inch alloy wheel design and extra chrome detailing for the body kit. Inside, there's leather upholstery and extra chrome styling features.

Mini also sells several option packs for the Convertible. Common choices include the Comfort Pack with climate control, heated front seats and a centre armrest, and Comfort Plus which adds a reversing camera, front parking sensors and automatic parking.

The Navigation Pack adds sat nav to the infotainment system along with Apple CarPlay but, disappointingly, no Android Auto. Navigation Plus, meanwhile, adds a larger infotainment screen. Finally, there's the Driving Assistant Pack with adaptive cruise control.

Mini Convertible interior and technology

Ever since the renewed Mini brand launched in the early 2000s, its interior quality always put the car a cut above most rivals in the small hatchback class. Each generation has only doubled down on the plush cabin treatment and the most recent model seriously impresses when you step inside. Soft-touch materials and metal-effect trim are generously layered across most of the interior, and distinctive details like the large dial-shaped infotainment screen and retro toggle switches give it even more character.

The standard infotainment screen measures just 6.5 inches so hitting the small on-screen buttons at a glance can be tricky. Thankfully, there's a physical knob between the seats to make it easier to control on-screen functions while driving. You can upgrade to an 8.8-inch display, but this retains the oddly short-and-wide aspect ratio of the smaller screen, so doesn't add up to much of an improvement in usability. All the functionality you'd expect is there and, on cars with the Navigation Pack installed, you get built in sat nav and Apple CarPlay – annoyingly, there's no option to fit Android Auto.

Don't go expecting lots of practicality in the drop-top Mini, because you're not getting it. Adults will be fine sat up front, even with the fabric roof in place, but there's not much room for rear-seat occupants, whose knees will be pressed up against the seat backs. It's best to consider the back seats mostly as storage that can occasionally take people provided it's only for short journeys. The boot is also fairly small and you lose the hatchback boot opening on the Convertible model, leaving just a small opening to slot your shopping through. Nevertheless, the ability to fold the rear seats down means there's just enough practicality for single buyers or couples.

Mini Convertible engine range explained

There's just petrol engines now in the Convertible lineup. We think these units are the best fit for the car's fun-driving character.

Mini Convertible 1.5 Cooper petrol

This is the entry-level engine for Convertible models. However, with 136hp and only the Mini's lightweight frame to move, it feels more than a match for regular traffic and manages a respectable 8.8-second 0-62mph time. More than 40mpg is possible with careful driving. 

Mini Convertible 2.0 Cooper S petrol

The Cooper S gets a larger 2.0-litre turbo engine with 192hp, dropping the 0-62mph dash to 7.2 seconds. It feels much more insistent when you put your foot down and will only find itself outpaced by much more serious hot hatches. You should be able to return 39mpg if you drive gently.

Mini Convertible 2.0 JCW petrol

If you really want your Mini's 'go' to match its 'show', only the John Cooper Works (JCW) will do. This boosts the 2.0-litre engine up to 231hp. The 6.6-second 0-62mph time might not sound like a vast improvement on the Cooper S but, in practice, this engine feels much more frantic and willing to spin the front tyres up out of tight junctions. If you can resist the temptation to drive like a hooligan, around 37mpg should be achievable.

Your Mini Convertible questions answered

The Mini Convertible is exactly what it says it is – the convertible version of the Mini Hatchback. It's a two-door, four-seater car with a narrow boot opening necessitated by the soft-top roof, rather than the Hatchback's, er, hatchback-style opening.

A minor facelift in 2021 brought a slightly revised body kit with a less prominent front grille design.

The Mini Convertible measures a little over 3.8 metres long – exactly the same footprint as the three-door hardtop Mini Hatchback. That's small by any standard, taking up less space on the road than small hatches like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, making the Mini very easy to slip into tight parking spaces.

The tradeoff for its manoeuvrability is a small cabin that's really only large enough for two people to use regularly. You will be able to put passengers in the rear seats but they won't be comfortable, and they won't relish being trapped back there for long journeys. The boot, equally, will tackle a weekly shop or hold a couple of cabin bags, but you'll have to fold the back seats down to accommodate anything larger.

There's only three petrol engines to choose from and all have enough performance to make the Mini easy and fun to drive. So, by that measure, there's no harm in going for the entry-level 1.5-litre Cooper model.

That said, the Mini focuses on sporty driving, so we find it hard to resist the extra shove offered by the 2.0-litre Cooper S engine.

You'll get the biggest thrill from the JCW model, which does feel appreciably faster than the Cooper S. However, we're not quite as sure it's worth the extra cash, so only step up to the JCW if you want the best-of-the-best.

Earlier 'new' Minis developed a bit of a reputation for unreliability. However, several reliability surveys have indicated that this most recent model is far more robust.

You can always enhance your peace of mind by adding an extended warranty when you buy your Mini, which will protect you from the cost of unexpected mechanical or electrical failures.

For the right kind of buyer, the Mini Convertible is an excellent choice.

Let's be clear – it's not the cheapest option in this class, nor the most efficient, and its practicality leaves quite a lot to be desired.

However, it's great to look at, great to sit in, and even better to drive. Plus, the ability to drop the roof means you get to experience the Mini's joyful handling alongside the thrill of open-air motoring.