After BMW revamped the MINI brand in 2000, the automaker was a little slow to introduce a soft-top version of the now-ubiquitous Hardtop. Finally in 2005, the MINI Convertible was launched. A drop-top companion to the standard MINI, it features four seats and the same three power configurations: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works.
A redesigned MINI Convertible entered its second generation in 2009. The car now features a fully-automatic soft-top that opens in a mere 15 seconds and an "Openometer" that tracks how many minutes you've spent driving with the top down. Convertibles are notoriously expensive, but for the features, styling, and power, the MINI Convertible is a great budget-conscious option for those looking to explore the open road with an open top.