Keeping it in the family
the MINI has long endeared itself to those who make this car their own. The little British run-around was so popular after its launch in 1959, that a number of other derivatives were introduced that would not require MINI lovers to exit the brand when their space requirements increased.
A cool, cult car it was and still is, but first production MINIs were real rattle-traps and, having little cabin insulation, were pretty noisy. Not that that worried MINI lovers. They were, after all, such fun, quirky little cars to drive.
Rattles and noise are a thing of the past and now within the fold of the German car manufacturer BMW, the build-quality on both the Convertible and Clubman is masterful.
The MINI Cooper Convertible
The only premium convertible in the small car segment, the 2-door convertible is the quintessential MINI for members of the MINI cult club and open-top driving enthusiasts.
The little car looks smashing and is sure to get many an envious look, sporting classic MINI design features that include circular headlamps, with chrome surrounds and hexagonal radiator grille. It’s a good size larger than the revered original, but BMW has not deviated much from the original heritage, retaining the fundamental character that makes MINI so much of a cult car.
Just about everything in the sporty wellappointed cabin gets the green light, though a slightly smaller steering wheel might lend more cachet. Seating ergonomics are top notch, the cabin is roomier than its predecessor and, while it is a two-seater with the soft-top down, it can accommodate four with the top up.
Sporty-inspired circular instrumentation with optional LED lighting display and a central instrument screen mark the wellappointed cockpit with its high-quality materials. Complete connected in-car infotainment, Head-Up Display, Parking and Driving assistant with camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning form some of the standard features.
The MINI Convertible drives like a premium, sporty, open-top; far, far more refined than early MINIs, but still fun. The car handles well through the turns, the stiff suspension providing plenty of road feel and greater driver involvement. And there is less flex than one might expect from an
[It] drives like a premium, sporty, open-top; far, far more refined than early MINIs, but still fun.
The rear view is compromised with the top down.