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2019 MINI Convertible OVERVIEW
For those searching for a nimble drop top, the 2019 Mini Convertible should be on your radar. Starting at $27,550 (including an $850 destination charge), the 2019 Mini Convertible is offered as a two-door as a base, S, or in high-performance John Cooper Works guise. Similar in many ways to its hardtop sibling, the Convertible can now be configured in one of three sub-trims – Classic, Signature, and Iconic – although the a la carte goodness that's defined the Mini line remains and grand customizability remains.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Mini Cooper Convertible receives some fresh technology and minor exterior styling improvements as part of a mid-cycle update. The most noticeable change is the available Union Jack-inspired rear taillights, while lightweight alloy wheels, and an optional Piano Black color option have been added as well. Inside, the standard infotainment system has been improved to a 6.5-inch touchscreen that offers Bluetooth and USB interface, wireless device charging and an optional real-time navigation system. The 2019 Mini Cooper Convertible is mainly unchanged mechanically.
Choosing Your MINI Convertible
The 2019 Mini Convertible is available in three trims – the base Cooper, the Cooper S, and the high-performance John Cooper Works. Your decision here is based on what powertrain you're aching for. Base models use a turbocharged three-cylinder, while the Cooper S and JCW get 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinders. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in each, while a six-speed automatic is available for an additional $1,250.
Once you've chosen an engine, it's time to choose a trim. New for 2019, Mini is offering Classic, Signature, and Iconic trims for all three of its Convertible models. Since Mini hasn't released its online configurator for model year 2019, it's hard to tell if this is the end of the company's popular a la carte options structure, or merely something to make life easier on indecisive owners.
The base Classic trim gets a standard rear-view camera, rear park distance control, and rain sensor windshield wipers on each. A 6.5-inch infotainment system is the only option here, while Classic owners are also limited to the no-cost Moonwalk Grey paint or the $500 options of Pepper White, Midnight Black, and Chili Red – Mini's iconic contrasting roof is not available on this trim. With the JCW, the Classic trim gains a JCW-branded leather steering wheel and sport seats. Swiveling LED headlights are also included with the JCW Classic trim.
Moving up to the $3,000 Signature trim includes all the Classic features, as well as heated front seats, proximity entry, and a panoramic sunroof. Aside from the fancy Lapisluxury Blue paint, Mini's entire color palette is available for no additional charge on the Signature trim. This is where you'll want to start if you're intent on an automatic transmission – while it's a $1,250 option on the Classic, it's a no-cost feature on the Signature.
The $8,000 Iconic trim what you'll need if you want the most luxurious Mini possible. Along with all the Classic and Signature features, it justifies its high price with a head-up display, the Premium Package (LED headlights and foglights, a Harmon Kardon audio system, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and SiriusXM satellite radio), the Touchscreen Navigation Package (8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility, navigation, real-time traffic, and a wireless charge pad), and an Upholstery Package that adds a selection of available leathers and upgraded interior trims. This trim also grants full access to Mini's attractive color palette.
The Cooper S Convertible with the Signature trim is the best blend of performance, customizability, and price. Available packages abound, while the color palette is the most expressive. And the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder is much more potent than the base engine but is a better value than the JCW.