- Convertible version of the MINI Hardtop
- No significant updates for 2015
- Up to 35 mpg on the highway
From the gloomy shores of the British Isles comes… a convertible? The 2015 MINI Convertible is the top-down friendly version of the iconic MINI Hardtop and offers open air motoring and classic styling.
The Convertible is one of four body types, alongside the hardtop, coupe, and roadster models of the Cooper. 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. It is highly customizable, with many different schemes, paint colors, stripes, chrome bodywork, essentially every part of the exterior can be modified. Cooper S and John Cooper Works Convertible models also come with a functional hood scoop intake to feed air to the turbocharger.
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 options and finishes so that you can truly make your MINI truly unique. 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.