2017 Mini Cooper Convertible

Pros: Agile handling; impressive fuel economy; peppy acceleration in S model; long list of options and personalization features; convertible top partially retracts to offer “sunroof” mode

Cons: Control layout favors whimsical design over ergonomics; taut ride, especially on S model; cramped rear seat space and cargo room; pricey options add up quickly; premium fuel required

CG Says: After its redesign last year, the 2017 Mini Cooper Convertible sees only minor changes. A control screen, voice command, Bluetooth, and center armrest are now standard on Mini Cooper Convertible. Formerly standard driving-mode selector and multicolor interior lighting move to the option list. There is a new Seven Special Edition package with unique trim. The Mini Cooper Convertible is front-wheel drive, subcompact convertible. Because of the Mini’s handling and performance we include it our Sporty/Performance Car group. Base Coopers have a 134-horsepower 3-cylinder engine; the sporty S model gets a 189-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (which is hopped up to 228 hp in the John Cooper Works model). Both engines offer the choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. A broad range of optional technology features is available, including some rare-for-the-class features such as a self-parking system, heads-up display, and adaptive cruise control. The 2016 revamp brought slightly bigger dimensions that give this Mini Cooper Convertible a bit more space inside than its predecessor, but the car’s quirky personality and nimble, caffeinated driving character carry over intact. Mini Coopers are a bit pricey compared to some of the subcompacts they’re often shopped against, especially when the optional equipment is added. However, if you want a little enthusiast attitude in your commuter car–along with open-air driving–a Mini Cooper Convertible is worth checking out.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mini
Nation of Manufacturer England
Base Prices Cooper: $25,950
Cooper S: $29,600
John Cooper Works: $35,600

Base Engine
1.5-liter 3-cylinder
Horsepower
134
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-37

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
189 (228 in JCW)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-33

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2017 Mini Cooper Convertible John Cooper Works