- Convertible version of the MINI Hardtop
- Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works trim levels
- Up to 35 mpg on the highway
Combining great fuel economy with top-down motoring, the 2014 MINI Convertible is a fun, flexible take on iconic British style.
The Convertible is one of four body types that MINI now offers the classic Cooper in, joining the hardtop, coupe, and roadster models. The powered soft-top convertible roof can open in just 15 seconds and has three settings: closed, partly open, or all the way down for a true open sky experience. Other than that, the Convertible looks identical to the hardtop with the signature round MINI headlamps and a choice of 12 different exterior paint colors. Cooper S and John Cooper Works Convertible models come with a functional hood scoop intake to feed air to hungry turbochargers.
Each of the Convertible’s three trims gets its own engine. The Cooper Convertible comes with the base engine, a 121-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The Cooper S Convertible and the high-performance John Cooper Works Convertible both feature turbocharged versions of this engine which makes 181-hp in the Cooper S versus 208-hp in the John Cooper Works. Each model comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is optional for the Cooper and Cooper S.
Thanks to the added weight from the convertible parts, the Convertible gets slightly lower fuel economy figures than the Hardtop. Cooper models get 27/35 mpg city/highway with either transmission. Cooper S models, despite their added power, get the same mileage figures in at 27/35 mpg with the manual (26/34 with the automatic), while John Cooper Works models register 25/33 mpg.
Inside, the four-seat Convertible offers plenty of color options and customization so that you can truly make your MINI yours, and yours alone. MINI’s signature interior piece, the dinner plate size speedometer, dominates the center console and is the focal point of the whole car. There are plenty of standard interior features, including power windows and locks, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, and a USB/iPod port. Optional are automatic air conditioning, a navigation system, and heated front seats.
The Convertible offers side-impact and front airbags, and a roll bar. The roll bar hides low, behind the rear headrests, and if a rollover is detected it rises up to protect occupants. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard.