The 2015 MINI Cooper Convertible serves up typical British wackiness along with superb handling, several new features and a top-down experience. The John Cooper Works trim also offers a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that can produce 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Admittedly, this MINI won’t win too many converts, but it’s nevertheless an improvement over the previous models.
The 2015 MINI Cooper Convertible is essentially the drop-top version of the iconic “regular” MINI Cooper. The vehicle offers seating for four people along with superb handling and well-honed British sensibilities – which is what MINI is famous for in the first place. The new model offers newly standard rain-sensing wipers and automatic climate control.
None of the three 2015 Cooper Convertible trims – Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works – have evolved much, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With this vehicle, you get a black bumper that blends with the grille to form a single gulping front fascia as well as a hood that’s a bit higher than before. The windshield is more raked, while the LED rings make the headlights even more bug-eyed than ever. The John Cooper Works also offers more aggressive front and rear venting as well as a rear spoiler. So, if you never liked the look of MINIs, then you won’t like the new model either.
However, the biggest advances that the new MINI Cooper has to offer make their appearance inside. As always, form triumphs over function, but there’s still plenty of function to be found here. You get your ludicrously large centre stack here, which contains radio controls, an 8.8-inch colour display as well as a speedometer that shrinks while connecting to a half-moon tachometer gauge in a free-standing cluster above the steering column. There are a few BMW touches here as well, with thigh bolsters and a multimedia button/dial controller in the centre console, which is reminiscent of iDrive. However, the biggest improvements involve the cabin’s size. Cargo space is 8.7 cubic feet – up by3 cubic feet – while rear legroom has increased by one inch.
Under the hood, the 2015 Cooper Convertible has a 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder that features parent company BMW's flexible VALVETRONIC variable valve timing technology, while generating 121 horsepower and 118 pound-feet. This is the base engine, so if you want something a little dicier, you can go for the Cooper S’s 1.6-litre inline-four, which will give you 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque – or 190 pound-feet of torque in overboost mode. The John Cooper Works Convertible, which serves aerodynamic body kit and upgraded Brembo brakes, comes with the same turbocharged 1.6-litre four, but it yields 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. If you utilize the available overboost function, you can get 207 pound-feet instead. The engine is combined with a six-speed manual transmission, but you can also tie to a six-speed automatic, if you hate manual transmissions.
Overall, the 2015 MINI Cooper Convertible makes very few big steps forward, but it’s still a decent vehicle. If you were never quite impressed by MINIs, this won’t change your mind. If you’ve been eyeing a MINI for ages, then now is as good a time to try one out as ever. Regardless of your preferences, if you’re looking for a unique little city convertible, especially for those warm summer days, then this isn’t such a bad option.
2015 MINI Cooper Convertible
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Rating: 7.2 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|5-Door||$22,240||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|5-Door S||$26,740||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Convertible||$27,990||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|FWD Hatchback||$20,990||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|John Cooper Works||$33,240||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|John Cooper Works Convertible||$40,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|John Cooper Works Coupé||$37,150||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|John Cooper Works Roadster||$38,650||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|S||$25,490||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|S Convertible||$32,150||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|S Coupé||$29,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|S Roadster||$31,650||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Fuel Type||Premium Unleaded|
|Number of Doors||3|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
The entry-level Cooper is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder that sports parent company BMW's flexible VALVETRONIC variable valve timing technology and produces 121 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 revs. Fuel economy is rated at an impressive 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with both the standard six-speed stick and optional six-speed automatic
In addition to a stiffer suspension, the mid-grade Cooper S packs a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter that pumps out 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque at 1,600-5,000 revs (192 lb-ft in overboost mode). Fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway for the stick-shifted model, while the automatic-equipped variant returns 26/34 mpg.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
Styling for all new Mini Coopers makes its largest leap inside, although form still triumphs over function. The comically large center stack now houses radio controls and a color display up to 8.8 inches wide, while the speedometer shrinks and joins a half-moon tachometer gauge in a free-standing cluster atop the steering column. BMW touches abound in new seats with thigh bolsters and a multimedia button/dial controller similar to iDrive in the center console.
Though we wonder if a longer Mini can still be as quick on its feet, there's no arguing with some of the benefits. Cargo capacity, for example, increases to 8.7 cubic feet (up 3 cubic feet), and rear legroom grows by an inch.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
The Convertible comes standard with dual front airbags, side airbags that protect both the thorax and head, and pop-up bars that deploy to protect occupants' heads in the event of a rollover. Traction and stability control systems and a tire-pressure monitoring system are also included.