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:
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.
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.