2015 Mini Cooper Convertible

Pros: Outstanding handling, especially on performance models; convertible top partially retracts to offer “sunroof” mode; a plethora of personalization options

Cons: Cramped, barely usable back seat; noticeable cowl shake undermines handling crispness compared to closed-roof Minis; unconventional control layout

CG Says: Mini Convertibles see a few minor changes for 2015. Rain-sensing wipers and automatic climate control are now standard, and the available fog lights are now LED units instead of halogen. Mini Hardtops were redesigned for 2014 on a new platform, but the Convertibles continue to use the previous-generation Mini’s architecture. A redesigned Mini Convertible will debut soon as a 2016 model. The 2015 Mini Convertibles may be longer in the tooth and less practical than sister Hardtops, but they’re no less rewarding to drive or day-to-day useable. The soft-top transformation makes sacrifices in rear-seat space, luggage room, and visibility, but that won’t matter much to those seeking an open-air 4-seater with old-school British charm. And the novel three-way roof (the section just over the front seats can be opened) is a plus for all-weather versatility. The only major downsides are a rocky ride, quirky controls, and prices that escalate alarmingly with liberal use of the lengthy options list. Though the lively Cooper S has traditionally been our favorite Mini Hardtop, we marginally prefer the base model among Convertibles because it’s the most affordable. Besides, most people buy ragtops for open-air fun, not maximum performance.

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: $25,700
Cooper S: $28,700
John Cooper Works: $35,850

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
121
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34-35

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
208
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34-35

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2015 Mini Cooper Convertible