Compact and convertible

Mini's convertible is proving a big hit.
Mini's convertible is proving a big hit.

MINI’s third generation Convertible has more interior space, more power from its TwinPower Turbo petrol engines and greater fuel efficiency.
Priced from $37,900 for the entry-level Cooper model, with the Cooper S starting at $45,400, both models are highly specified reflecting their premium status in the compact market.
Standard features include six-speed automatic transmissions, 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels respectively, dual zone climate control, dynamic cruise control, three-spoke sports leather multifunction steering wheel, Visual Boost multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen and full Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Safety equipment adds a rear view camera with guidance lines, rear parking radar, an integrated rollover protection system, four airbags and automatic rain sensor windscreen wipers and lights.
In addition, the Cooper S Convertible gains sports front seats, a John Cooper Works leather steering wheel, cloth/leather upholstery, satnav, Mini Driving Modes and LED headlights.
Despite the upgrades, prices are down 11 per cent on the previous generation Cabrio models.
The overall length of the latest ones have increased 98mm and width by 44mm, with a marginal increase of 1mm in height.
The new soft top, with its integrated sunroof function, can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 30km/h.
Powering the Cooper Convertible is a 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine that drives through a six-speed automatic transmission, enabling the car to cover 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds. At the same time, fuel consumption on the combined cycle test is just 5.3l/100km with CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
The Cooper S uses a larger 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine that generates a maximum power of 141kW and peak torque of 280Nm.
It has a six-speed sports automatic with gearshift paddles giving the car a 0-100km/h time of 7.1 seconds. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 5.8l/100km with CO2 emissions of 135g/km.
Respective prices are $37,900 and $45,400.