Open-top driving thrills
User review on Mini Convertible written by Brijesha on 20 September 2014
Brijesha's review on Mini Convertible 1.6
Year of Manufacture : 2010 | Driven no. of Kms. : NA
- Pros: The Mini Cooper Convertible provides all the open-top driving thrills you could ask for, while residual values are exceptional.
- Cons: The ride is firm, especially in the JCW, and it\'s not as sharp to drive as the hatchback. The rear seats are pretty useless.
The Cooper and turbocharged Cooper S have a 1.6-litre petrol engine; the John Cooper Works (JCW) has the modified 211bhp engine as used in the Mini Challenge racer. The Convertible's heavier than the Mini hatch, but it'll do 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds in Cooper form, in 7.3 seconds as a Cooper S, and 6.9 seconds in JCW tune. It'll put a smile on your face, thanks to a responsive chassis and nicely-weighted steering; the hardcore JCW is the sharpest, heightened further by its selectable 'sport' mode. But the ride is firm – unforgivingly rigid in the JCW – and there is some body shake, especially over bumps. Deft aerodynamics and a low-slung seating position mean that, unless you are extremely tall, you'll be able to drop the top and still sit in comfort and warmth. The wind-blocker and dashboard-mounted heaters ensure you stay that way. Noise isn't a significant problem with the roof up or down. The engines get a little gruff under acceleration, but not to the point of irritation.