2018 MINI Convertible Review
Pros & Cons
- Three different engines blend speed, thrill and fuel efficiency
- Excellent handling makes it quick and fun in turns and curves
- Interior looks classy and upscale
- Available add-ons offer high degree of personalization
- Ride quality can be stiff and rough, especially with larger tires
- More expensive than most rivals
- Cargo capacity is very limited
List Price Range
$26,500 - $29,000
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Which Convertible does Edmunds recommend?
The turbocharged three-cylinder engine in the base Mini Convertible packs surprisingly peppy power, enough for most daily driving and occasional open-road lawlessness. Unless you crave the extra performance of the S or John Cooper Works trims, stick with the base Cooper trim and enhance it with the Premium or the Technology package.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine might not boast impressive stats on paper (189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque), but the Mini's relatively light weight makes it feel quick. There's not much body roll, and you can chuck it around tight turns in classic Mini fashion.
Though no Mini could ever truly be called comfortable, the Cooper S Convertible isn't punishing given its level of performance. The adaptive suspension dampers help smooth out the ride, and there's ample seat cushioning. Great efforts have been made to keep the cabin quiet, even at highway speeds.
Its high roof and height-adjustable front seats mean that even taller occupants can fit in the Mini without difficulty — in the front anyway. There's almost no rear legroom. Since you won't be using the back seat much, it's best to remove those headrests for a better view out the small rear window.
You shouldn't buy a Mini Convertible if practicality is a deciding factor. Storage space in the cabin and trunk is very limited, and even fitting small suitcases will be a challenge with the rear seats up. Maximize your carrying capacity by treating the rear bench as a cargo shelf.
You control the infotainment system through a control knob, which is derived from BMW's iDrive. The system is easy to use and features crisp graphics. But any now common safety aids such as blind-spot and lane departure warning are absent, as is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
|Overall||7.4 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
Cooper 2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
This is my second Mini convertible. I bought a 2018 Mini convertible Aqua blue. It has great performance and the color stands out. We have a 2017 Mini Clubman also as it performs great as well. My Mini Convertible top can open halfway like a sunroof. Most convertible vehicles don't open like this. This is a great size for a little car and can fit into small spaces very well. With back up camera and warning signals helps a lot into small spaces. My 2005 Mini Convertible did not have such features. It handles very well with the top open and even when top is down we just love to ride in the country. It is very good on gas mileage. It is hard to decide which mini to drive the next day. The Clubman or the Convertible. Both handles very well.
Features & Specs
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John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M
22 city / 31 hwy
228 hp @ 5200 rpm
Cooper 2dr Convertible
1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M
28 city / 37 hwy
134 hp @ 4400 rpm
Cooper S 2dr Convertible
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M
23 city / 32 hwy
189 hp @ 4700 rpm
Our experts like the Convertible models:
- Parking Assistant
- Finds an available parallel parking spot and guides the Mini into the space with minimal driver input.
- Front and Rear Park Distance Control
- Sounds an alert as the Mini approaches an object in front of or behind the vehicle.
- Active Driving Assistant
- Maintains a set distance between the Mini and the vehicle in front while the cruise control system is active.