Mini One Convertible

The Essentials

  • Price from £15,870
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 49.6mpg
  • What is it? Mini fun with maxi exposure

Great

  • You can't help but feel happy when you're at the wheel
  • You'll get most of your money back when you sell it
  • It does everything it possibly can to protect you in a crash

Gripes

  • Brace your behind: the ride is firm, especially on poor surfaces
  • Those rear seats are best kept for storing your packed lunch
  • You won't fit much into the boot, either
  • Drive

    Yes please! One of our favourite ways of travelling from A to B (perhaps we'll go via F, U and N on the way)

  • Inside

    Standard rear parking sensors compensate for the poor rear visibility

  • Safety

    Body-stiffening and pop-up hoops behind the rear seats keep this convertible safe

  • Reliability

    So far customers have had little to complain about so you can sit back and relax

  • Space

    You don't buy one of these for practical family transport: it's best enjoyed two-up

  • Standard and extras

    We'd go for the Pepper Pack which adds lots of useful features

  • What's it like to drive?

    For Formula 1 thrills without the sweaty overalls and a crash helmet, the Mini One Convertible is the next best thing. The steering is incredibly accurate: just point it in the direction you want to go and off it shoots. The 1.4 petrol engine is smooth and comes with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. A wind deflector and well-positioned heaters will keep you toasty with the roof down, and its quiet enough for you to hear the compliments.

  • What's it like inside?

    The Mini One is very retro: the giant speedo sits in the middle of the dashboard and there's a glut of classic toggle switches. You can snuggle into the seat and still reach the pedals and steering wheel with ease. Technically, it seats four, but you're better off treating it like a two-seater: there's hardly any room in the back seats and you can only fit a couple of bags in the boot. With the roof up even the kids will find it dark and gloomy in the back; happily it folds away in just 12 seconds.

  • How reliable is it?

    Built expertly by BMW, there's little risk it'll fall apart. There's plenty to keep you safe, too, including stability control, anti-rollover hoops and ISOFIX child seat fittings.

  • Should I buy one?

    The Mini One isn't cheap but, for peace of mind, there's a TLC service package which covers routine maintenance for five years for just 150. Or you can spend 450 and get the TLC XL package, which gives you eight years' cover. You'll get most of your money back when you sell it and, in the meantime, it isn't too thirsty.