2018 MINI Cooper Convertible - For Sunshine Moments
MINI Cooper Convertible Review

clifford chow
12 Dec 2018
 

its nifty new Union Jack tail lamps lend a little more visual impact to the mix

It is no secret that MINI builds cars always with a cheeky element of fun in them. Their 3 door hatch body style is truly their halo car, while some other models have partially stepped out of the box which defines MINI, to meet growing customer needs.

But to me, the other car in the MINI stable which truly defines the brand is their Convertible. The car sits on the same footprint as the 3 door hatchback, and offering up that go-kart like, almost to the rear driving position, with your legs stretched further forward.

The Convertible, like the hatch has gone through a middle of life freshening up. While most of the car remains the same, little touches like its new ring-style LED headlights, which features matrix technology; and its nifty new Union Jack tail lamps lend a little more visual impact to the mix. Also with the facelift, MINI has also introduced their new, simplified winged logo.

Styling is unmistakably MINI, roof up or down. For those who love a little more customisation, the roof fabric is also available with the Union Jack motif.

MINI Cooper Convertible - Inside

Our test car’s Chester leather seats well suits the car’s Starlight blue paint job, one of three new body finishes available. There is some glossy piano black trim on the dash, which forms the break between the upper and lower sections, and like the hatch, air-conditioning vents, together with the infotainment display surround and the instrument binnacle are designed with a ringed theme in mind.

Seats up front are supportive, and also come with all-important thigh cushions. The infotainment unit’s 6.5-inch display sits central to the dash, and the system offers touchscreen function, and can also be toggled with the dial sited behind the gearshift lever.

Visual spoils like adjustable mood lighting, and a projected “MINI” logo puddle lights are standard.

With its small footprint, there is a bit of a compromise made, in-order for the folding roof to fit into the rear of the car. The rear seat backs sit a little more upright than the hatch, reducing slightly to what little space would-be rear occupants have.

Cargo room stands at just 160 litres with the roof down, and 215 litres with the roof deployed. But MINI had made the best of it, and have included an adjustable boot floor for added versatility. Two cabin bags can still be stacked into the cavity, and loading and unloading is made easier with the drop-down style boot lid, and their ingenious Easy Load system which works by reverse-opening the roof from the rear, allowing for better access.

Car Loan Calculator - MINI Cooper Convertible (A)

SGD 144,888 (10 Jan 2019)

Based on OMV, this car is eligible for minimum 40% down payment

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Engine

Engine Capacity 1499cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (82 x 94.6)mm
Power 136bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 220Nm @ 1480rpm
Power to Weight 101.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 206 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 17.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DCT
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Cabriolet
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3821 x 1727 x 1415) mm
Wheelbase 2495 mm
Turning Circle 10.8 metres
Kerb Weight 1340 kg
Boot Capacity 160 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 215 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs