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2016 MINI Convertible Overview

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The 2016 MINI Convertible is offered in two trims: Cooper and Cooper S. The base Cooper model starts at $25,950, and the Cooper S starts at $29,600.

2016 MINI Convertible

Introducing the 2016 MINI Convertible

What’s New for the 2016 MINI Convertible?

The 2016 MINI Convertible improves over the previous model year with a more athletic performance engineered by the experts at BMW, in addition to an interior with more legroom and luxury than ever before. Plus, the new Rain Warner feature lets you know when to put the top up for impending bad weather.

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2016 MINI Convertible

2016 MINI Convertible

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Check out the 2016 MINI Convertible's exterior looks and features

Check out the 2016 MINI Convertible’s exterior looks and features

2016 MINI Convertible Exterior

The MINI Convertible comes in two trim levels, the entry-level Cooper and the more upscale Cooper S. Both trims have the sporty, fun, but compact appearance signature to the MINI brand name, with recognizable rounded headlamps that have become so closely associated with the lineup. Both trims offer the Three-in-One soft top, which allow for drivers to put the top up, down, or to leave it partially up in a configuration that appears similar to a panoramic sunroof. Heated and power mirrors, heated washer jets, rain-sensing automatic headlights, and speed-sensitive wipers all come standard on the base trim level, while the Cooper S offers 16-inch Loop Spoke wheels and center-mounted tailpipes.

2016 MINI Convertible Exterior Photos

2016 MINI Convertible exterior

Exterior Features on the Cooper

  • Three-in-One soft-top roof, MacPherson strut and multi-link suspension, Heated and power mirrors, Heated washer jets, Speed-sensitive intermittent wipers, Rain sensing and automatic headlights

Additional/Replacement Exterior Features on the Cooper S

  • Center-mounted tailpipes, 16-inch Silver Loop Spoke wheels

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Under the hood of the 2016 MINI Convertible

Under the hood of the 2016 MINI Convertible

2016 MINI Convertible Performance

Both the 2016 MINI Convertible Cooper and the Cooper S come with the option of a manual or automatic transmission, both six-speed. The Cooper pairs one of two transmissions of your choice with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine unique to the MINI brand. This turbocharged, TwinPower engine is capable of 134 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 in 8.2 seconds. In contrast, the Cooper S comes with both the standard manual or automatic gearbox options, but offers a third option, another six-speed automatic transmission with shifter paddles and tuned for a sportier performance. In addition, the Cooper S comes standard with an upgraded 189-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo engine, with a 0-to-60 rating of 6.7 seconds.

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Both models sit on the MacPherson strut and multi-link suspension, which has been specially tuned for added responsiveness and maneuverability. Plus, the MINI Convertible offers the option to drive in one of three driving modes: Sport, Green, or Mid. The Sport allows for a more fun, enjoyable driving experience, while Green better conserves fuel, and Mid is a balanced in-between option that combines the best of the other two driving modes.

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The 2016 MINI Convertible's small size makes it an efficient city driver--but it's even greener on the highway

The 2016 MINI Convertible’s small size makes it an efficient city driver–but it’s even greener on the highway

2016 MINI Convertible Efficiency

The base-level MINI Cooper Convertible paired with either a manual or automatic transmission gets a combined fuel economy of 31 mpg, though the manual gearbox gets an ever-so-slightly higher highway rating—38 mpg as opposed to the automatic’s 37 mpg. Because of the MINI Cooper S Convertible’s more powerful engine, it gets a somewhat lower fuel rating of 29 mpg combined, with 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

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Check out the 2016 MINI Convertible's interior styling and features

Check out the 2016 MINI Convertible’s interior styling and features

2016 MINI Convertible Interior

The 2016 model year of the MINI Convertible has been designed and engineered to be more accommodating in terms of space despite its small size. The compact convertible can easily and comfortably seat four adults, and the rear seats can be folded down to allow for more trunk space. With the top down, the Convertible can accommodate up to 5.7 cubic feet of luggage, whereas having the top up improves the cargo space — up to 7.6 cubic feet’s worth of cargo can be stored, a 25-percent improvement over the previous model.

Interior features such as the 6.5-inch MINI Connected entertainment system, the Seatback Easy-entry feature, a climate-controlled glove box, and a sun visor all come standard on the Cooper trim, whereas the Cooper S adds a large 8.8-inch touchscreen option and an available Chesterfield Leather upholstery.

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2016 MINI Convertible interior

Interior Features on the Cooper

  • Interior Features: 5-inch MINI Connected display, Climate-control glovebox, Height-adjustable headrests, Sun visors, Six-way adjustable seating, Seatback Easy-entry feature, Telescoping steering wheel
  • Radio and Technology: Adjustable Driving Mode system, Four-speaker system with AM/FM, HD Radio, Auto speed volume control, On-board trip computer, Plug-and-Play auxiliary input jack

Additional/Replacement Interior Features on the Cooper S

  • Interior Features: Optional 8.8-inch MINI Connected display, 6-way adjustable Sport seating, Optional Chesterfield leather trim
  • Radio and Technology: Six-speaker system with AM/FM, Optional Heads-Up Display (HID)

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The 2016 MINI Convertible makes use of a number of advanced safety features for your protection

The 2016 MINI Convertible makes use of a number of advanced safety features for your protection

2016 MINI Convertible Safety

The 2016 MINI Convertible comes with a plethora of smart and cutting-edge standard safety features, like an Advanced Crumple Zone and Rollover Bar developed by engineers, a Crash Sensor, Cornering Brake Control for improved handling and stability, an engine immobilizer, Standby Brakes, and an Anti-Lock Braking System. You can also opt for the available Active Driving Assistant feature, which allows for Adaptive Cruise Control by monitoring the distance between the Convertible and the car in front of it. In addition, the Heads-Up Display allows drivers to keep an eye on the status of their vehicle while on the road.

Standard Safety Features

  • Crash Sensor
  • Advanced Crumple Zone
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Standby Brakes
  • Rollover bar
  • Cornering Brake Control
  • Ceiling-mounted side curtain airbags
  • Driver and Front Passenger Seat-mounted, side-impact airbags
  • Engine immobilizer with coded drive away protection

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    Chris Lasko is Motoring Manager at MINI of Pittsburgh and has been part of the MINI team there since 2010. Married for over 25 years with three kids, Chris is a bow-tie-wearing, Starbucks-drinking, bulldog-owning, soccer-watching culinarian. Follow Chris on Google+