MINI Convertible

1.5 Cooper Sport II 2dr [Nav Pack]

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  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • Gear change indicator
  • Instrument cluster
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)
  • Mini E-call
  • MINI TeleServices
  • On board computer
  • Rear park distance control
  • Service interval indicator
  • Cruise control with brake assist (Available as no-cost option)
  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio
  • 4 speakers (Available as no-cost option)
  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Chrome border high gloss black slats radiator grille
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric windows
  • Fully electric black softtop with integrated sunroof functionality
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • John Cooper Works - aerodynamic kit (front and rear apron, spoiler), front and rear sport bumpers and part-painted side sills with door sill finishers
  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights
  • Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
  • Metal door sill strips with MINI imprint
  • Model logo Cooper on right of tailgate
  • Rain sensor window wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • White indicator lenses
  • Body colour mirror caps (Available as no-cost option)
  • Hood - Black (Available as no-cost option)
  • 12V Accessory socket in centre console
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Cupholders
  • Easy Load boot handles
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Glove compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • John Cooper Works perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching in chilli red and John Cooper Works logo
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Leatherette integrated headrest, adjustable thigh support with john cooper works logo
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Rear head restraints
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Tool kit
  • Colour line - Carbon black (Available as no-cost option)
  • Dinamica/Cloth Upholstery with JCW sport seat (Available as no-cost option)
  • Convertible pack with comfort access - Mini Convertible
  • Navigation pack - Mini Convertible
  • 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
  • 6 Airbags - front, side and seat belt tensioners
  • Active rollover protection
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Single tone fanfare horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Keyless Go
  • 6 Speed manual transmission including gear change indicator display
  • Double Vanos system
  • Fully variable valve control
  • High precision injection
  • Hazy grey interior trim (Available as no-cost option)
  • 17" John Cooper Works track spoke alloy wheels (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tyre repair kit (Available as no-cost option)
  • CO2 (g/km):128

  • HC+NOx:Not Available

  • Noise Level dB(A):68

  • Particles:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:139

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max:143

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min:139

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High:143

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min:Not Available

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High:118

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min:Not Available

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low:185

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max:189

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min:185

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium:133

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min:Not Available

  • Camshaft:DOHC

  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes

  • CC:1499

  • Compression Ratio:11.0:1

  • Cylinder Layout:IN-LINE

  • Cylinders:3

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):82

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):94.6

  • Engine Code:B38A15M1

  • Engine Layout:FRONT TRANSVERSE

  • Fuel Delivery:TURBO INJECTION

  • Gears:6 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:12

  • Transmission:MANUAL

  • EC Combined (mpg):49.6

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No

  • EC Extra Urban (mpg):57.6

  • EC Urban (mpg):39.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:6.1

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max:6.3

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:6.1

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:6.3

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:Not Available

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:5.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min:Not Available

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:8.1

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max:8.3

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min:8.1

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:5.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min:Not Available

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb:46.3

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max:44.8

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:46.3

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High:44.8

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min:Not Available

  • WLTP - MPG - High:54.3

  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min:Not Available

  • WLTP - MPG - Low:34.9

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max:34

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min:34.9

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium:47.9

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max:Not Available

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min:Not Available

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Badge Engine CC:1.5

  • Badge Power:136

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:Not Available

  • Coin Series:Cooper Sport II Nav

  • Generation Mark:3

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:22E

  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12

  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:Not Available

  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Safety Assist %:Not Available

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:Unlimited

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):8.8

  • Engine Power - BHP:136

  • Engine Power - KW:100

  • Engine Power - RPM:4500

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:162

  • Engine Torque - MKG:22.4

  • Engine Torque - NM:220

  • Engine Torque - RPM:1500

  • Top Speed:128

  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2

  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:205/45 R17

  • Tyre Size Rear:205/45 R17

  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT

  • Wheel Style:TRACK SPOKE

  • Wheel Type:17" ALLOY

  • Height:1415

  • Height (including roof rails):Not Available

  • Length:3821

  • Wheelbase:2495

  • Width:1727

  • Width (including mirrors):1932

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):40

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:1670

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):215

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):160

  • Max. Loading Weight:430

  • Max. Roof Load:Not Available

  • Minimum Kerbweight:1240

  • No. of Seats:4

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:10.8

By Line

This third generation MINI Cooper Convertible continues to look appealing. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

It's pretty hard to take exception to MINI's MK3 model Convertible. It delivers surprising space for passengers and luggage, a stylish roadway demeanour and a customisable fabric roof. This current version has been usefully updated in recent years with fresh technology, smart connectivity, standard-fit front and rear LED lights across the range, plus an advanced dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As before, buyers can pick three cylinder, four cylinder and JCW performance versions.


When BMW re-booted the MINI brand in 2001, it took three years to add a convertible to the range. Once on sale, four people could enjoy the open-air adventures MINI promised, although the rear passengers had a tight squeeze getting into the back. Things were improved in the second generation version we saw in 2009, but the space was still very limited. Still, this drop-top model sold well, stealing sales not only from small cabriolets aimed at Kings Road cruising, but also grabbing a few from more focused open-topped sportscars. This third generation convertible model, launched in 2016, grew in every dimension and MINI managed to do this without ruining this car's charm. Plus there are some innovative options over and above some high-tech standard equipment.

Driving Experience

The Convertible MINI has a slightly different remit from the hatchback - being all about style - but the fact that it invokes the Cooper name across all variants hints at the potential for driving thrills. The base 136hp MINI Cooper Convertible will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds and hit 129mph. There's also a pokier 192hp Cooper S petrol version and a flagship 231hp John Cooper Works derivative. High performance though, hardly seems relevant in a four seat soft-top: what is important is the operation of the newly-designed roof. At speeds of up to 18mph, this fabric top can be lowered or raised in 18 seconds, so when the British weather does what it does, you'll not be left out in the rain for too long. If you just want to open the small portion over the front seats, it can slide back 40cm, automatically, at any speed. In the current range we're looking at here, nothing's fundamentally changed engine-wise, though MINI says that minor changes have been made in recent years to its TwinPower Turbo Technology across the board, improving engine electronics, oil supply, intake air ducting, the cooling set-up and the exhaust system. Perhaps most significant though is the news that the brand has at last got around to fitting in a proper dual-clutch auto gearbox for those wanting a self-shifter, this now a 7-speed unit.

Design and Build

The styling of this revised MK3 model doesn't look all that different, but close inspection will reveal the addition of standard-fit LED front and rear lights, plus there's now extra scope for all-important personalisation. Otherwise, this third generation MINI Cooper Convertible retains the basic overall body shape that we all know and love, with each of its key dimensions just a little larger than those of its earlier pre-2016 MK2 model predecessor. This addresses the main criticisms of the older design in two key areas: the back seats and the boot. Rear passengers get more legroom, making access the second row easier. When the folded fabric roof is down, it forms a wrap-around collar around the back seats, rather than disappearing completely. It encroaches slightly into the boot area but despite this, the luggage capacity is these days a reasonably acceptable 215-litres with the roof closed and 160-litres with it folded down. The roof is customisable and retracts in 18 seconds. Optional is a woven Union Flag option. The rival DS 3 Cabriolet model can also be specified with a patterned roof, but the Union Flag has long been associated with the MINI. There's also a new MINI logo that appears on the bonnet, tailgate, steering wheel, instrument display and central locking remote control.

Market and Model

As part of the BMW group, MINI has become a premium brand in the small car sector and as such can command a higher price than would be expected for a car that started life as a cheap and cheerful runabout. There's a choice of 'Classic', 'Sport' or 'Exclusive' trim levels. The basic petrol MINI Cooper Convertible starts at around £21,000 for the manual Cooper version, the Cooper S costs from just over £25,000 and the top of the range John Cooper Works model from around £30,000. All variants are available in Manual and Automatic transmissions Strong competition comes from the much cheaper Fiat 500C, the slightly less expensive DS 3 Cabriolet and more pricey Audi A3 Cabriolet. For its price, the MINI doesn't have the most impressive list of standard features but it does have parking sensors, reversing camera, Bluetooth and 'MINI Connected'. This is a system that integrates your MINI with your smartphone, for infotainment, communication and driving experience apps. An XL version of the Connected app is available as an option and among its enhanced features is a useful rain-warning sensor. Plus it can alert a driver who has left the car open-topped that rain is on its way.

Cost of Ownership

Like all new cars, this MINI has improved in this area. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The standard Cooper Convertible petrol model in manual form returns up to 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 141g/km. The sporty Cooper S Convertible consumes a lot more, returning up to 41.5mpg and up to 153g/km. All of these figures would, at one time, have been considered exceptional for a car of the MINI's size, but they are equalled and bettered by the rivals from Fiat and DS. MINI's 'TLC Pack' is a five year/ 500,000 mile service package that costs around £350. Good residual values can be expected, especially as this car addresses many of the problems of the old car and should remain a desirable option for many years. Expect the MINI Cooper Convertible mostly to fall into insurance groups 17-20, depending on the variant.


So, this third generation MINI Convertible looks great, is brilliantly designed, cheap to run and holds its value. It's even a bit more practical than you might be expecting. OK, you could perhaps complain about the premium pricing but in truth, there's not really much more than that to put off would-be Convertible purchasers who need a more involving drive than one of those hairdessers' cabriolets but don't want a sports roadster either. This car has so much more street-cred than obvious rivals and is far-less gender-specific (all right, female-orientated), which will matter to male buyers nearly as much as the fact that it's huge fun to drive. A MINI adventure then, that could see you living happily ever after.