We love the summer and and we love our convertibles. However, what if you’re in the market for a convertible, but don’t want to spend an arm and leg? Well, your options revolve around performance cars like the Ford Mustang Convertible, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But what if you want a convertible that’s affordable, fun to drive, and just downright stylish to be in? Well, the only option at that point is the new 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible.
The new 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible, otherwise simply known as MINI Convertible, is packed with improvements including BMW engineered performance, a more spacious cabin, a quality interior, and a stylish exterior. So how does the new MINI Cooper Convertible compare to the rest of its competition? Let’s find out today.
There is no doubt the new MINI lineup is better looking than ever before. The 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible follows that design theme with a redesigned exterior that’s a perfect balance of sport, luxury, and style. While the overall silhouette is every bit of MINI you have come to love and expect, the redesigned headlamps, tail lights, and grille give the new MINI classier characteristics.
Also like all other MINI models, the new 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible focuses on giving you the most unique car with a choice of 11 exterior paint options that include the new and popular Caribbean Aqua.
Size-wise, the 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible sits on a wheelbase that measures 98.2 inches with the length coming in at 151.1 inches for the Cooper and 151.9 inches for the Cooper S. The width of the new MINI Cooper Convertible comes in at 68 inches and the height comes in at 55.7 inches. Those measurements make this car quite nimble and fun to drive, as is the case with all of MINI’s outstanding lineup.
One of the most interesting exterior features is the three-in-one roof combo. Unlike conventional convertibles, the MINI Cooper Convertible’s soft-top has a half-open setting that allows you to treat the car like a panoramic sunroof. There is also a new a Rain Warner feature that is a part of the Journey Mate trip app from MINI that warns you to close your top if there is inclement weather in your area.
Most convertibles are binary: open or closed. But our soft-top also has a half-open setting you can adjust while traveling at any speed – like a panoramic sunroof.
While staying true to its MINI heritage, the MINI Cooper Convertible grows up with a more stylish exterior that will definitely make you look twice. When compared to its competitors like the Volkswagen EOS and others, the MINI Cooper Convertible is one of the best-looking convertibles on the market in this price range.
The interior of the new 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible is simply outstanding in every way. A huge step up from previous generations, the new interior is built using high-quality and luxurious materials. It’s almost hard to believe that you are driving a car that carries a starting price tag of less than $26,000*.
Of course, you may want to know what tech options the MINI Cooper Convertible comes with. Right off the bat, the new MINI Connected infotainment system is standard on the MINI Cooper Convertible with a 6.5-inch display or am 8.8-inch display as an option. The MINI Connected infotainment system houses much of the vehicle settings, audio information, climate controls, Bluetooth, and also allows you to connect to your smartphone apps like Pandora, Spotify, and GoPro. You can also opt for the MINI navigation system with real-time traffic updates, the touchpad controller with handwriting recognition, heated front seats, a heads-up display, rear-view camera, and an upgraded Harman/Kardon sound system.
Let’s talk about interior space. The new 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible offers plenty of front legroom at 41.4 inches while the second row offers 30.9 inches of legroom. Cargo capacity comes in at 7.6 cubic feet with the top closed and 5.7 cubic feet with the top folded.
No matter how you slice it, the interior of the 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible is leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors.
Our test model, the 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible S is powered by a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine making 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Mated to either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission, the Cooper Convertible S goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.
While this isn’t a performance car, the MINI Cooper S Convertible stays true to its go-kart like driving ability with sharp handling and lightweight fun. Drivers can pick between three driving modes including Sport, Green and Mid (offering a perfect balance of Sport and Green). Speaking of green, fuel economy wise, the 2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible averages an EPA-estimated 27/37 mpg** (city/highway)
Overall, the performance of the MINI Cooper Convertible its level of comfort are superb. It definitely handles tight, accelerates quick, and is comfortable on long drives.
Besides the standard safety features, the 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible features an active rollover protection bar, optional heads-up display, optional adaptive cruise control, corner brake control and much more.
If you’re in the market for an affordable convertible for the summer or your daily commuter car, the 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible is a very strong bet. Prices for the base model start at just $25,950* and $29,600* for the MINI Cooper S Convertible. Test drive a 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible at your nearby AutoNation-affiliated MINI dealership.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.