Mini Convertible

4/5
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Verdict

MINI has been in the hearts of people since it was first released in 1959. The brand was taken over in 2001 by BMW, and even though they changed the look of this machine, they managed to do it in a very clever way and they maintained the same type of following as before. Here we look at the MINI 3-door and 5-door Hatch. It is also available as a convertible and a coupe.

Performance

The MINI Hatch comes with a selection of 3 and 4-cylinder engines. The 1.5 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine gives 136 bhp and will get you from 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds. The 1.5 litre Cooper D gives 116 hp and will cover the same distance in 8.2 seconds. If you want a bit more poke, you can opt for the 4-cylinder, 2 litre, Cooper S (192 hp) petrol which gives 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds or the diesel Cooper SD (170 hp) which covers the same distance in 7.2 seconds. The 3-cylinder MINI One offers 102 hp and will get you from 0-100km/h in 10.2 seconds.

Ride & Handling

Driving a MINI really makes you feel at one with the road. You are low down and you get to enjoy the well-weighted steering around every bend. It is a fun drive. Surprisingly (at first), the automatic gearbox is exceptional. This front wheel drive car has optional adaptive dampers which make the ride even better. The standard suspension is good, but bumps can be a bit shaky.

Refinement

Since BMW took the helm of MINI the car has been ever-improving in terms of refinement. The JCW version is exactly as loud as you'd want it to be. The rest of the models are muted enough. There is a bit of wind noise that slips in, which can get loud at higher speeds.

Quality & Reliability

This is certainly a comfortable machine if you are sitting up front. Leg room to the rear is not amazing, but two adults will get in there. The materials inside the car are of typical BMW standard. I like the retro-futuristic dash/centre console. There are some clever apps that can be used to get internet radio too.

Safety & Security

MINI achieved 4-stars in the Euro NCAP in 2014 for the Hatch. It scored 79% for adult safety, 73% for child occupancy and 66% for pedestrian safety. Its safety assist systems scored 56%. It is surrounded with interior airbags and ISOFIX is as standard to the rear.

Space & Practicality

The MINI Hatch is not the most practical car in the world - nor is it designed to be. It's a great car to drive around town in and it'll even bring you across the country in comfort - however, pack light because it only has a boot space of 211 litres.

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Key Facts

New Price
€27,480
Make

Mini

Model
Mini Convertible
Variant
MINI Cooper
First year of model production
2016
Engine (L)
1.5
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Convertible

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
Average L/100km
4.1
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
40
Fuel Tank Range (km)
980.4
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
114
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
136
Top Speed
208 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
8.8
Cylinders
3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
40
Aspiration
Turbo

Space & Practicality

Doors
2
Seats
4
Boot capacity (L)
215
Tyre Size Front
175/65 R15 84H
Tyre Size Back
175/65 R15 84H

Safety

Isofix
Yes