2020 MINI Convertible John Cooper Works

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What’s new

  • New seven- and eight-speed automatic transmissions
  • Standard forward collision warning and automatic braking
  • Minor revisions to feature availability
  • Part of the third Mini Convertible generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Three engines blend speed, thrill and fuel efficiency
  • Excellent handling makes it quick and fun in turns and curves
  • The interior looks classy and upscale
  • Available add-ons offer high degree of personalization
  • The ride quality can be stiff and rough, especially with larger tires
  • More expensive than most rivals
  • Passenger space and cargo capacity are limited
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2020 MINI Convertible Review

The Mini Cooper has always been a slightly odd duck compared with the rest of the market. Its small stature, bug-eyed headlights and undeniable charm speak to buyers looking for a break from the norm. And the convertible version takes things a step further with the ability to drop the top for sun-drenched freedom and fun. For 2020 the Mini Convertible is back, but many competitors are not — automakers have been quick to abandon topless vehicles of late. All of a sudden, the Mini Convertible is more distinctive than ever.

One look at the Mini Convertible makes it clear that utility and cargo space are not high priorities. It has a retractable soft top that eats into seating and storage room, and the rear seats are not suitable for adults. But exceptional handling ability is carried over from the hardtop version, and it pairs with small yet punchy engines to deliver personality on the road that's becoming more difficult to find.

Get past the relatively stiff ride and costs that quickly rise as you tack on options and packages, and the Mini Convertible will pack enough driving excitement to keep a permanent smile on your face. Former rivals such as the Fiat 500C and Volkswagen Beetle Convertible have come and gone, so the Mini Convertible finds itself alone in offering its blend of style and comfort at an attainable price.

Which Convertible does Edmunds recommend?

To make the most of the top-down potential, give the Cooper S Convertible a whirl. It upgrades to the larger turbocharged engine and comes with sport seats. We recommend adding the Signature package for its heated seats and LED lights, though it's disappointing that you get neither navigation nor Apple CarPlay capability at its lofty price.

2020 MINI Convertible models

The 2020 Mini Convertible is a two-door compact convertible with seating for four passengers. It's available in three trims: the base Cooper, the sportier Cooper S and the high-performance John Cooper Works.

The Cooper is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (134 horsepower, 162 lb-ft of torque), while the Cooper S gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (189 hp, 207 lb-ft). Both models come standard with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. (Mini says a manual transmission is still available, but with delayed availability.)

The John Cooper Works upgrades the 2.0-liter engine (228 hp, 236 lb-ft) and equips the car with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Cooper starts with standard equipment such as air conditioning, a leather sport steering wheel, heated mirrors and washer jets, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and emergency SOS contact services.

Besides the gutsy engine, the Cooper S gets run-flat tires, three driving modes, and Performance Control brake-activated torque vectoring technology. Inside, sport seats, a John Cooper Works steering wheel, and a black checkered interior trim await.

At the top of the lineup is the John Cooper Works model. It gets a sport suspension and unique sport seats as well as the eight-speed transmission. A set of LED headlights with cornering lights come standard too.

Custom configurability is a hallmark of any Mini. You can easily create a Mini Convertible like no other through paint, stripes, wheels, upholstery and trims. But you must start the process with one of three trim packages.

Every model comes with the Classic package and its 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, faux leather upholstery, and the smallest and most basic wheel design. Moving up to Signature equipment tacks on heated seats, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights and foglights, and larger wheels. The highest Iconic package has navigation and Apple CarPlay compatibility but no Android Auto. An upscale leather interior is also standard, along with fancier wheels.


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    Features & Specs

    John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible features & specs
    John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$38,400
    MPG 25 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower228 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Convertible safety features:

    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 it.
    Active Driving Assistant
    Equips the vehicle with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking to help avoid accidents and lessen the severity of a crash.

    Mini Convertible vs. the competition

    Mini Convertible vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

    If it's top-down performance you're after, the Miata is the king of convertible thrills. It packs an engaging, fun driving experience into its diminutive frame, and it's fuel-efficient to boot. There is a predictable lack of space and storage, and there's more noise inside the cabin than in the borderline-luxe Mini. But there's no better sports car for the money, and the open air experience is second to none.

    Compare Mini Convertible & Mazda MX-5 Miata features

    Mini Convertible vs. Mini Hardtop 2 Door

    The Mini Hardtop may be the one for you if the extra cost of a convertible top is a little too much to swallow. Its starting price is considerably less than the drop-top's, and there is more storage space thanks to the conventional hatch. All of the upscale interior features are the same in both models, as are the powertrains and smile-inducing drive. The back seat unfortunately doesn't get any easier to use.

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    Mini Convertible vs. Hyundai Veloster

    The Hyundai Veloster is the most versatile of the affordable hatchbacks. There is a small efficient engine, a sporty turbocharged one or a high-performance one. Its unique three-door layout offers extra utility. And its looks won't be mistaken for anything else on the road. The downside? You can't get the open-air freedom or refined interior the Mini Convertible offers.

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    FAQ

    Is the MINI Convertible a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Convertible both on the road and at the track. You probably care about MINI Convertible fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Convertible gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Convertible has 7.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a MINI Convertible. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 MINI Convertible?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 MINI Convertible:

    • New seven- and eight-speed automatic transmissions
    • Standard forward collision warning and automatic braking
    • Minor revisions to feature availability
    • Part of the third Mini Convertible generation introduced for 2016
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    Is the MINI Convertible reliable?

    To determine whether the MINI Convertible is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Convertible. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Convertible's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 MINI Convertible a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 MINI Convertible is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Convertible is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 MINI Convertible?

    The least-expensive 2020 MINI Convertible is the 2020 MINI Convertible John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $38,400.

    Other versions include:

    • John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $38,400
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    What are the different models of MINI Convertible?

    If you're interested in the MINI Convertible, the next question is, which Convertible model is right for you? Convertible variants include John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Convertible models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 MINI Convertible

    2020 MINI Convertible John Cooper Works Overview

    The 2020 MINI Convertible John Cooper Works is offered in the following styles: John Cooper Works 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 MINI Convertible John Cooper Works?

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    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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