2016 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: The Mini Cooper Convertible is new for 2016. The Mini Hardtop was redesigned for 2014, but the convertible soldiered on with the old platform through 2015. The revamp has 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. 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 new John Cooper Works model). 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. Mini Coopers are a bit pricey compared to some of the compacts 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
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37-38

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)
23-25 (S)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34 (S)

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2016 Mini Cooper Convertible John Cooper Works