MINI Cooper S Convertible review
Like MINIs? Like having the wind in your hair? Like going quite fast? The MINI Cooper S Convertible could be for you.
Shane O' Donoghue
Shane O' Donoghue
Pics by Max Earey

Published on August 29, 2016


What are you driving?

It's the 2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible, our first chance to test drive the fourth generation open-topped MINI on Irish roads. As you can see from the specifications over, prices for the MINI Convertible start at €26,880, though MINI Ireland loaded the test car with options so it costs an eye-watering €43,639.

Name its best bits

Put it into Sport mode and the exhaust comes alive making loads of amusing sounds, while there's plenty of performance on tap too. It's pretty much as good to drive as the hatchback, in spite of a little flex through the structure.

The interior quality is exceptional as well, with great seats and tactile switchgear.

Anything that bugs you?

We do wish the hood would fold completely out of sight, regardless of it meaning even less space in the (enlarged, but still small) boot.

As with all current manual MINIs, it's way too easy to select reverse instead of first gear.

And why have you given it this rating?

In spite of its minor flaws, the MINI Convertible never fails to paint a smile on your face. The Cooper S model is quicker than anyone needs, quite efficient, cheap to run and cracking fun. And yes, the sun is shining as I type this, which probably helps matters...

I want to know more

This test drive format is intended to give our first impressions on a car we've not yet fully reviewed. Go to our Ask Us Anything page, send us a question and we'll give you as much detail as you need on any specific aspect.

Further reading:

MINI Cooper S Convertible review (international first drive)

MINI Cooper Convertible review

MINI John Cooper Works Convertible review

MINI Cooper S review


Tech Specs

Model testedMINI Cooper S Clubman
Pricingfrom €26,880; €43,639 as tested
Engine2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol
Transmissionsix-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Body stylefour-seat convertible
CO2 emissions139g/km (Band B2, €280 per annum)
Combined economy47.1mpg (6.0 litres/100km)
Top speed230km/h
0-100km/h7.2 seconds
Power192hp at 5,000- 6,000rpm
Torque280Nm at 1,250- to 4,600rpm (300Nm on overboost)
Boot space160- to 215 litres
EuroNCAP ratingnot tested