2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible Manual Review – Fun to Drive

Minis are notoriously quirky, convertibles offer an experience like no other, and the 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible Manual takes the cake for both cases. The Cooper S convertible has all the features of its hardtop brethren in exchange for added weight for structural rigidity.

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible Manual Review - Fun to Drive

The 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible Manual is Worth it in Just About Every Way

Looks-wise, the 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible Manual looks like and Mini Cooper S but missing its top and the rear made to resemble a coupe more than a hatchback. Due to a slight increase in wheelbase, there’s actual room for tiny people in the back seats. If the regular Mini was enough to pick up attention being a cute, fun and quirky little hatchback then being seen in a convertible is on a whole new level with you the driver being part of the center of attraction instead of being housed inside a glass greenhouse, you are exposed to the outside world showing the interior, with all its quirkiness and upscale quality. Under the hood, the engine is the same 2-liter 4 cylinder turbo found on most Cooper S models and is mated this time to a great-feeling 6-speed manual.

On the inside of the 2016 Cooper S Convertible Manual, the interior quality is absolutely superb. In addition to features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, well-bolstered leatherette sport seats, an 8.8-inch center-mounted display screen with navigation, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. Most features come in as optional while other manufacturers throw in features as standard, a quite lengthy tour around the options bin is the way Mini rolls for years and is just simply accepted that the Mini Cooper S is a luxury vehicle the way options alone could easily bump up the price of the vehicle.

Driving performance, the 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible Manual performs with flying colors. Despite the lack of a roof for rigidity, it has taken little when it comes to stability. The S Convertible can bolt from 0-60 in just 6.2 seconds and the engine just loves to rev with the turbo coming in where you need it most. Handling is top notch and is true to Mini’s sporty roots. The steering is excellent, nicely weighted and has feedback to keep the drive interesting. Punching the throttle and the tiny car zips forward, turn around a corner and the Mini executes the job excellently.


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