Too cute to dislike, the zippy Mini Cooper is defined by its unique appearance, compact dimensions and good handling. Under BMW's stewardship, the little Mini Cooper has spawned a big lineup of model variations. The Mini Cooper Convertible is an open top variant of the Cooper 3-door hardtop. The soft top can be partially retracted for a targa roof effect or completely retracted for complete top-down motoring. A strong A-pillar and small roll bars provide security from accidental rollover. The Cooper Convertible retains the four-passenger seating of the hardtop adding a small trunk for cargo. In terms of size, the Cooper is larger than a Fiat 500 but smaller than the Volkswagen Beetle. Most Mini variants share the same powertrain and model structure. The base Cooper model is powered by a 121-bhp, 1.6l four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Power in the turbocharged Cooper S increases to 181-bhp. The top performance model is the John Cooper Works (MT only) which increases power to 208-bhp. All models share a long list of standard equipment that includes four-wheel disc brakes, common power equipment and alloy wheels for around $26,000. Mini offers numerous customization options which extend beyond option packages to mixed exterior /interior color combinations and decals. Through this unique personalization it is possible to add thousands to the sticker price.
|Model/Trim/Package ||Engine || || ||Original MSRP
|Cooper Convertible ||1.6l I4 (121-bhp) ||M6 ||FWD ||$24,950|
|Cooper Convertible ||1.6l I4 (121-bhp) ||A6 ||FWD ||$26,200|
|Cooper Convertible S ||1.6l I4 T (181-bhp) ||M6 ||FWD ||$27,950|
|Cooper Convertible S ||1.6l I4 T (181-bhp) ||A6 ||FWD ||$29,200|
|Cooper Convertible JCW ||1.6l I4 T (208-bhp) ||M6 ||FWD ||$35,100|