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10 things we learned about the Mini Convertible

Date: 24 February 2017   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Supermini
Key rival: DS3 Cabriolet
Model tested: Cooper
Price as tested: £20,655

Trying out the Mini Convertible in the depths of winter highlights some unusual points in this drop-top Mini finds Al Suttie.

1 - Heated seats are a must in my book and the soft-top Mini's are among the toastiest I've tried.

2 - A warm behind makes it more tempting to drop the Convertible's roof when the sun pokes out and it's quick to lower.

3 - At faster speeds, though, wind blast means you'll soon want the hood back up. Like this, the Mini is decently refined on the motorway.


4 - There are drawbacks, though. Such as the appalling rear three-quarter vision when changing lane or reversing.

5 - No wash-wipe on the rear screen also means it soon becomes opaque with filth, so the rear view mirror becomes redundant.

6 - As it's chilly, you'll also likely be wearing a coat, which easily obscures the infotainment controls down by the handbrake.


7 - Why these controls are positioned here and not further up is a puzzle as you have to look away from the road to use them.

8 - Still, there are plenty of positives to this car: it suffers very little shimmy from removing the roof and handles well.

9 - It also rides far better than most convertibles, so you don't have to fearfully pick your way past every pothole.

10 - As for the 1.5-litre three-pot engine, it's a feisty wee motor that offers 57.6mpg and 114g/km, which is good but not great.

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