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2018 MINI Convertible

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MSRP Range :
$27,550 - $37,450
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Combined Fuel Economy
30 MPG
Horsepower
134 HP
KBB Expert Rating
3.8 
KBB Consumer Rating
4.6 
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Pros

The 2018 Mini Hardtop makes it easy and fun to stand out from the crowd. Offering tons of charm at a price starting at about $22,500, the Mini Cooper is already cleverly packaged and cool. The equally enjoyable Convertible is one of the least expensive ways to enjoy open-air motoring.

Cons

Even the 4-door model with its 5-passenger seating isn't particularly roomy in the back, so if you regularly transport many adults, the Mini isn't a good call, as implied by its name. Additionally, this BMW sub-brand starts higher than other subcompacts, and the price escalates quickly with options.

What's New For 2018

The 2018 Mini Cooper lineup benefits from enhancements Mini has made to all its cars for the new year. All get a rearview camera and parking sensors, for example, and there's a new fuel gauge, and other detail changes.

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2018 MINI Convertible Pricing

MSRP Range :

$27,550 - $37,450

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2018 MINI Convertible Expert Review

When Mini returned to the U.S. market more than 15 years ago, it single-handedly transformed our perception of subcompact cars, proving they could be aspirational fashion statements and not just penalty boxes. Now, the 2018 Mini Cooper is practically a car line unto itself, boasting multiple engine configurations, 2-door and 4-door body styles, and even a convertible. All the engines are turbocharged, and from the lowly base model all the way to the zippy John Cooper Works editions, they're fun to drive. Sure, other subcompact cars out there like the Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic cost thousands less and are arguably more practical. But none of those cars offer the customization, premium appeal, driving delight and outright charm inherent in every Mini.

Driving the 2018 MINI Convertible

Even the base Mini Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its turbocharged 3-cylinder engine is enjoyable to drive. Granted, by today's standards 7.3 seconds to 60 mph isn't exactly fast, but it's quick enough, and the turbocharged 4-cylinders in the Cooper S or, even better, the John Cooper Works edition are even quicker, whether you choose the automatic or the short-throw 6-speed manual transmission. All Minis benefit from a suspension that's set up for fun driving, with quick steering and a tossable chassis that makes carving back roads genuinely enjoyable. Of course, getting to those back roads means driving down the highway, and here the Mini falters a bit. That quick steering that's so fun on a mountain road makes the Mini feel twitchy and nervous on the highway. The sporty suspension results in a rough ride. And there's no avoiding the road noise at speed.

Favorite Features

SMILES PER GALLON
The 2018 Mini Cooper, like its predecessors, has a long tradition of doing more with less, and that includes fuel economy. All Mini models achieve fuel economy in the 30-mpg range, and the miserly 3-cylinder in the base 2018 Cooper Hardtop hits the 38-mpg mark.

3-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE ROOF
The Mini Convertible is actually three cars in one. With the top closed, it's a coupe, and opened fully it’s a convertible. But in addition, there's a half-open mode that offers a sweet and airy in-between that slides the front portion of the fabric back like a panoramic sunroof.

2018 MINI Convertible Interior

The 2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop and Convertible have just the right blend of modern technology and retro kitsch. The big center display has the 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and below it are toggles and switches that look retro, but control modern functions. The front seats are thankfully one area where Mini has left things modern, and these comfy chairs are complemented by clever packaging and even an available head-up display on the windshield. Hardtop 2 Door and Convertible models can seat two in the rear, while the 4 Door can seat three across, although the center position is a tight fit.

2018 MINI Convertible Exterior

Mini says the Cooper's stance looks like a bulldog, but in the low-and-squat way, not snorting and drooling. It's also why the Cooper handles so well. The 2 Door and 4 Door Hardtops are conventional hatchbacks, while the Convertible's meager cargo area is accessed with a tailgate that can be used for tailgating. An "easy-load" feature lifts the lower portion of the fabric roof to create a wider opening, although it's hard to get it back in place, so maybe just pack light. The Hardtop 4 Door is about six inches longer than the 2 Door, at a tidy 157.4 inches.

2018 MINI Convertible Standard Features

A rearview camera is standard this year on all Mini models. It adds to the turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, 6-way manually adjustable Leatherette seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 6.5-inch Visual Boost Screen audio and information system, and automatic climate control on hardtop models. Convertibles get a power top. Sportier Cooper S models get a more powerful 4-cylinder turbo engine, sporty seats, run-flat tires, LED fog lights, larger wheels and tires and bigger brakes, and add features like a hood scoop. The high-performance John Cooper Works editions get an even more powerful version of the 4-cylinder, even bigger brakes and a stiffer sport suspension.

2018 MINI Convertible Options

Minis are almost endlessly customizable when it comes to interior and exterior aesthetics, and with Mini boasting more than 10 million different combinations, we'll just let you play with the online configurator. Instead, note that you can also get a 6-speed automatic transmission for all models, in addition to a navigation system, head-up display that projects driving information onto the windshield, an excellent harman/kardon premium audio system, and adjustable shocks to cut down on some of the harsh ride. An Active Driving Assistant features adaptive cruise control, plus it can warn of an impending forward collision, and even apply the brakes.

2018 MINI Convertible Engine

With just a turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine under the hood, the base Mini Cooper still gets 134 horsepower, which isn't bad at all. If you upgrade to the Cooper S you'll get a 189-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, and that same engine in the John Cooper Works edition offered on the 2-door Hardtop and Convertible puts out 228 horsepower, making it the most powerful Mini you can get. Every engine routes power to the front wheels, either through a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. While it's true that Minis sip fuel, it's a good thing, since all of them require premium-grade gas.

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 (Cooper)
134 horsepower @ 4,400 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/38 mpg (manual, 2-door Hardtop), 27/36 mpg (automatic), 28/37 mpg (manual, Convertible and 4-door Hardtop)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Cooper S)
189 horsepower @ 4,700-6,000 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 mpg (manual), 25/32 mpg (automatic), 25/33 mpg (automatic, Convertible)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (John Cooper Works)
228 horsepower @ 5,200-6,000 rpm
236 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 mpg (manual, Hardtop), 25/32 mpg (automatic, Hardtop), 22/31 mpg (manual, Convertible), 24/32 mpg (automatic, Convertible)

How Much Does the 2018 MINI Convertible Cost?

The base 2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2 Door starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,500 when you include the $850 destination charge. The more powerful and desirable Cooper S Hardtop starts a little over the $26,000 mark, and the JCW Hardtop begins at more than $32,600. The 4 Door model costs $1,000 more than a base or Cooper S. Convertible base prices start at more than $27,500; the S Convertible at more than $31,000; and the JCW starts at nearly $37,500. Options inflate those prices more quickly than you'd expect. Other compact hatchbacks like the Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent and Veloster cost less, but they aren't really direct competitors, either. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying. Note that up-front premium pays off later, thanks to the Mini's good resale value.

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2018 MINI Convertible Consumer Reviews

4.6 

Overall Rating

5 star

82%

4 star

9%

3 star

0%

2 star

9%

1 star

0%

Value
4.5 
Performance
5 
Quality
4.4 
Comfort
4.4 
Reliability
4.5 
Styling
4.5 

David Payrick
07/14/2019
2018 MINI Hardtop 4 Door

"Such an awesome car"

Looks and performance
It is a small so not for hauling big things
My 3rd Mini. Best of them all. JCW Package. Red and Black interior is STUNNING. Best interior of any car I have owned. Been rock steady reliable. Great dealer service here in So Cal
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joe
06/23/2019
2015 MINI Hardtop 2 Door

"A go-kart for adults"

fun to drive. Is distinctive from other cars.
can't think of any.
Fun as anything I've ever driven. I have the 2015 John Cooper Works. Bought it over a year ago with zero problems, despite driving it from Florida to Colorado and back. Just a blast. :)
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stud
05/10/2019
2016 MINI Convertible

"I love my mini convertible!"

Fun to drive, my golf clubs fit in the back.
The back seat is pretty small for adults.
I only drive my car for 6 months because I live in Mexico for half the year but driving my mini convertible is one of the best things about coming back! Even though it is just a basic model, it is peppy and accelerates great and handles curves well. It is a gorgeous turquoise blue color. I get compliments from strangers almost every time I stop for gas!
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David
04/22/2019
2015 MINI Hardtop 2 Door

"Great little vehicle!"

Comfortable, quick, fun to drive, handles well
lno room to get into or out of rear seats.
Really fun to drive - great handling, great performance, decent gas mileage (average 29MPG) and NO problems. Local dealer provides quick and efficient service - a bit pricey, unless compared to the serveral Mercedes I've owned.
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David
04/04/2019
2015 MINI Hardtop 2 Door

"quick, agile, comfortable, sounds great"

Quick, agile, great sounding exhaust, comfortable.
Can't really access rear seats, but I'm single.
Best car I've ever owened - and I've owned a LOT of cars. The Mini is tight, quick, handles like a go-kart, and is just plain FUN to drive. Never had a problem with it in almost 5 years.
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2018 MINI Convertible Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Telematics / Communication Brand - MINI Connected
  • Telematics / Communication Systems
  • Proximity Sensing Keyless Entry
  • Real-Time Traffic Information
  • Smartphone Interface
  • USB Port

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • # of Speakers - 4 speaker
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • HD Radio

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette/Vinyl Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener
  • Interior Ambient Lighting
  • Remote Control Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 28 mpg
  • EPA Class - Mini Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 37 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 32 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 134 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 4400 rpm
  • Torque - 162 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 1250 rpm
  • 0 to 60 - 8.3 seconds
  • Top Speed - 128 mph

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Chrome Interior Trim
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 2 doors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P175/65R15
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Tire Type - Performance
  • Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors
  • Fog Lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Power Retractable Soft Top
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 50000 miles
  • Basic Years - 4 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 12 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 50000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 4 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 4 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 36000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 3 years

Mechanical

  • Alternator Amps - 150 amps
  • Axle Ratio - 3.42
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - F&R Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Engine Sub-Type - Turbo
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Manual
  • Cylinders - 3 cylinders
  • Displacement - 1.5 liter
  • Fuel Induction - Direct Injection
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • Amps - 80 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Premium
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Parking Assist System

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2855 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity - 11.6 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 39.8 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 39.0 inches
  • Height - 55.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.4 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 30.9 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 4
  • Overall Length - 151.1 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 51.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 39.7 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 4 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - Not Recommended
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 7.6 cubic feet
  • Wheel Base - 98.2 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 76.1 inches
  • Payload Capacity - 816 pounds
  • GVWR - 3362 pounds
  • Width without mirrors - 68.0 inches
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2018 MINI Convertible Safety

Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Frontal Crash
Not Available
Side Barrier
Not Available
Rollover Rating
5 
Side Crash
Not Available
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2018 MINI Convertible Safety Technology
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
  • Front Knee Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera

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2018 MINI Convertible Rankings

Horsepower
134 HP
MPG Combined
30 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.6 Rating
Rank
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HP
#4
2018 MINI Convertible
134 HP

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