2015 MINI Convertible Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - January 21, 2015

The topless version of the MINI's two-door hatchback, the Convertible offers an extra measure of fun while retaining the ability to seat four passengers in a pinch. Of course, the main draw for most buyers will be the MINI's unmatchable character.

What's New for 2015

The MINI Convertible gains a few standard features, but is otherwise unchanged.

Choosing your MINI Cooper Convertible

The Convertible features a power soft top that can be partially retracted for the same effect as a sunroof. As expected in a convertible of this size, the trunk is tiny at just 6 cubic feet. Thankfully, the backseat is of the split-folding variety, and you can carry up to 23 cubic-feet with it out of the way.

The standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 121 horsepower. There are two turbocharged versions of the 1.6-liter with 181 and 208 horsepower respectively. Expect to go from zero to 60 mph in about 6.6 seconds with the top engine. All three choices come with a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. The latter is available with paddle shifts.

Your Convertible's engine will be determined by the trim level:


Carries the non-turbo 1.6-liter and standard features such a leatherette interior with ambient lighting, automatic wipers and headlamps, push-button ignition, heated mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a six-speaker sound system with HD radio. You also get an air-conditioned glove box and 16-inch alloy wheels. The available Sport package tacks on 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, sport seats, hood stripes and a revised traction control system that allows more spirited driving.

Cooper S

Gets the 181-horsepower turbo, plus a hood scoop, unique styling details, and standard sport seats and fog lamps. The Sport package is available here as well, but adds xenon headlamps.

John Cooper Works

Comes with the 208-horsepower turbo and the contents of the Sport package as standard. You also get a sport-tuned suspension (optional on Cooper and Cooper S), front Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, an aerodynamic body kit, and specific cloth upholstery and interior trim.

Several option groups are available on all trim levels. The Cold Weather package comes with heated seats and power-folding heated mirrors. The Technology package rounds things out with satellite radio, a Harman Kardon sound system, the MINI Connected electronics interface and (optional) a navigation system.

Designed for urban dwellers, the City Pack includes an alarm system, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors and keyless access. All Convertibles are eligible for leather seating and a variety of color and style packages.

CarsDirect Tip

The base engine is perky enough with the six-speed manual, but selecting the automatic turns the Convertible into a slow car. The performance drop is much less noticeable with the turbocharged engines.

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