As its name suggests, the Mini convertible is a drop-top version of the Mini Cooper subcompact hatchback. Mini has experimented with other softtop variants, like the two-seat Roadster model of 2012 through 2015, but the four-seat convertible you’re reading about here is the only one to have survived the move onto the third-generation platform introduced in 2014. There are no changes to the Mini convertible for 2020.
The Mini convertible comes in Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) trim levels, all of which are built around different engines. Cooper uses a 1.5L turbo three-cylinder, and Cooper S and JCW share a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder tuned for more power in the JCW.
For 2020, there is no manual transmission option here; Cooper and Cooper S are standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and the JCW gets a traditional eight-speed automatic.
Mini has stated for the record that manual transmissions will return to its lineup in 2021, but hasn’t specified which models will get them.
Base Cooper models wear 16-inch tires on alloy wheels and LED taillights. Inside, the Cooper has six-way manual front seats, power windows/door locks/side mirrors, air conditioning, push-button engine start, tilt-and-telescopic steering, ambient lighting, cruise control, dynamic brake lights, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, Mini teleservices, and Bluetooth.
Cooper S gets seats with larger side bolsters and an adjustable thigh support, and dual exhaust tips.
JCW upgrades to 17-inch wheels and tires, upgraded brakes with four-piston calipers, sport suspension, sport seats and steering wheel, a black headliner, and LED headlights with cornering function.
All Mini convertible models are available with Classic, Premier, and Premier+ upgrade packages.
Classic adds heated front seats, a wind deflector, gloss black interior trim, satellite radio and leatherette upholstery. Premier builds on Classic and brings passive keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control. Premier+ includes all Classic and Premier features and adds LED headlights with cornering function, LED fog lights, navigation, an 8.8-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging, and Apple CarPlay.
In the Cooper S and JCW, the Premier pack also gains dynamic damper suspension control. JCW cars with the Premier+ group also get an alarm system and a head-up driver display.
Mini’s fuel consumption estimates are 8.3/6.4 L/100 km (city/highway) with the base car’s three-cylinder engine. The Cooper S 2.0L engine’s ratings are 9.2/6.9, and the JCW’s figures are 9.4/7.1.
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