There are a lot of reasons to like the Mini Convertible: It's good fun to drive, easy to park, and cheap to run, and its cabin offers a near-luxury experience. Plus, the roof folds down, which makes any car more enjoyable. But what really sets the Mini Convertible apart are the options for customization. Whether you want leather seats, an adaptive suspension or side-view mirrors painted up like British flags, Mini is happy to oblige. When it comes to having it your way, no other small convertible can match the Mini: There are millions of possible combinations, and they are limited only by your budget.
Besides customization, there are a lot of reasons to recommend the Mini Convertible, chief among them the powertrain lineup. Engine choices include a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that produces 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque and a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, tuned for 189 hp and 207 lb-ft in the Cooper S. In the John Cooper Works edition, the 2.0-liter engine packs 228 hp and 236 lb-ft. All provide plenty of power and all are reasonably fuel-efficient, with EPA ratings ranging from a high of 32 mpg combined (28 city/37 highway) for the three-cylinder manual down to 25 mpg combined for the John Cooper Works manual.
And the Mini offers plenty of grip to go with its zip. Some cars hug the road; the Mini feels as if it was glued there. Small and light, the Mini Convertible is a big-time smile generator in the curves and very easy to park in town. The convertible is surprisingly quiet with the top down. The one caveat is that the ride can be very harsh, especially if you order your Mini Convertible with larger wheels and/or the sport-tuned suspension. The John Cooper Works model is particularly hard-riding, but the optional adaptive suspension helps a great deal.
The cabin is nicely finished, built with materials significantly better than what we're used to seeing in a subcompact car. The gauges are crisp, and we love the big 8-inch central display screen. Front seating is excellent, but this being a convertible, there are trade-offs: The backseat and the trunk are tiny. Visibility to the rear is restricted when the top is up.
Mini offers the Convertible in three trim levels. The Cooper is nicely outfitted and affordable, provided you go easy on the options. The Cooper S adds more power and a sportier demeanor. The John Cooper Works turns the Mini Convertible into a road-going racer. From there, you'll have a plethora of stand-alone options available to create the Mini you like best. Edmunds can help find your perfect 2017 Mini Convertible.
2017 MINI Convertible Overview
The 2017 MINI Convertible is offered in the following submodels: Convertible, John Cooper Works. Available styles include Cooper 2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), Cooper S 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Convertible models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Convertible comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The 2017 Convertible comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle Cooper 2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
Review I love my MINI convertible. I would prefer it got better gas mileage but I bought it knowing what the mileage would be. It had little issues within 4 months of buying it (last January). For example, on closing the top, I got conflicting messages. On one instrument it said "retraction complete." On another instrument (large one where radio , manual etc are) where I never got messages, it said retraction NOT complete. So, there appeared to be a computer glitch. When I called the dealer, Seattle MINI by my house, they said if I brought it in, that was my ONE annual visit covered by my warranty. So, I did not take it in and the issue eventually went away. But, I only drove 6K miles during this last year, so I assume I still have a computer glitch which I will have them check out when I take it in this month. You should not get the Bicycle Rack prep unless you verify what bicycle rack is available. For my MINI Cooper convertible, the only bike rack available is sold by MINI for $749.00. So, with the Rack Preparation, that is $1,000.00 to be able to carry a bike. Unless you are an avid cyclist, probably not a good investment. Its a great car, though. I love it.
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2017 mini convertible Cooper 2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required) 32 combined MPG 28 city MPG/37 highway MPG
2017 mini convertible Cooper S 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required) 26 combined MPG 23 city MPG/32 highway MPG
2017 mini convertible John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required) 25 combined MPG 22 city MPG/31 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 MINI Convertible?
Available MINI Convertible 2017 Submodel Types: Convertible, John Cooper Works
Available MINI Convertible 2017 Trims: Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works
Exterior Colors: Pepper White, Caribbean Aqua Metallic, Melting Silver Metallic, Electric Blue Metallic, White Silver Metallic, Blazing Red Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue, Midnight Black Metallic, Moonwalk Grey Metallic, Thunder Grey Metallic
Interior Colors: Carbon Black SensaTec leatherette, Double Stripe Carbon Black premium cloth, Black Pearl leatherette/cloth, Malt Brown Chesterfield leather, Satellite Grey Lounge leather, MINI Yours Carbon Black Lounge leather
Popular Features: Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Rear Bench Seats, Soft Top, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Back-up camera, Parking sensors, Aux Audio Inputs, Heated seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Upgraded Stereo, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Upgraded Headlights, Alarm, Automatic Emergency Braking, Navigation
Engine/Mechanics: 4, 3 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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