The MINI Convertible is a car that combines the marque's supreme driving dynamics with the delights of open-top driving. With its low centre of gravity and short overhangs, the convertible offers a manoeuvrable platform and smooth and comfortable drive whether the roof is raised or lowered, with the addition of a Sport button to increase the responsiveness of the steering and acceleration if desired. Not that these are qualities the vehicle lacks, thanks to its assortment of powerful and efficient engines.
The MINI Convertible is available in a variety of specifications at the Snows MINI dealerships in Portsmouth and on the Isle of Wight.
The chic image presented by the MINI Convertible is only emphasised by the electrically-operated soft-top roof. The mechanism opens and closes in just 15 seconds. When raised, it provides an exhilarating fresh-air drive, with uncomfortable draughts minimised by the steep windscreen. When lowered, the build quality of the roof encloses you in a cabin as warm and comfortable as the Coupe.
The MINI Convertible is kitted out with a DAB digital radio and external audio device support, so that drivers can bring their favourite music with them on the road. Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones can be charged within the vehicle, and connected to the aerial for improved reception. One fun feature is the "Openometer", which informs you of the length of time you have had the roof down.
Featuring a reinforced body with torsional rigidity, the MINI Convertible has completely avoided the loss of structural strength that can sometimes affect roadsters. This commitment to safety is recognised by a five-star Euro NCAP rating for its combined safety features.
Active safety features include Automatic Stability Control and Traction, which reduces the chances of a front-wheel skid. ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Cornering Brake Control are all standard. Six airbags placed strategically around the vehicle ensure safety in any seat, and the restraint system provides optimum protection for the driver and front-seat passenger.
When fitted with the turbocharged 211hp 1.6 litre petrol unit, the MINI Convertible is capable of reaching speeds of up to 140mph and boasts a 0-62mph acceleration of just 7.3 seconds. The "Overboost" function also endows the engine with even greater maximum torque of 280Nm, resulting in smooth, effortless increases in speed and overtaking manoeuvres. With the 112hp diesel engine, on the other hand, the car can claim combined fuel consumption of up to 70.6mpg. Luggage capacity reaches a maximum of 660 litres for all models across the range.
Contact your nearest Snows MINI dealership, in Portsmouth or on the Isle of Wight, and we would be more than happy to arrange for you to test drive the MINI Convertible.