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2016 MINI Cooper Convertible on sale in Australia from $37,900, arrives Q2

February 11, 2016

The new MINI Cooper Convertible will launch in Australia soon, bringing a refreshed design, more standard features, and more interior space to the fun-loving drop-top.

2016 MINI Cooper Convertible

MINI unveiled the new convertible in October last year. It’s the first drop-top model to be based on BMW’s new UKL platform. It’s 98mm longer, 44mm wider, and 7mm taller than before, providing more cabin space. Boot space is also expanded, by 25 per cent, offering 215 litres with the roof up and 160L with the roof down.

Two main variants are being launched locally. The base model comes with a 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder producing 100kW and 220Nm, connected up to a six-speed auto as standard. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 8.7 seconds, offering an average consumption 5.3L/100km.

Stepping up to the Cooper S version gets you a 2.0-litre turbo producing 141kW and 280Nm, also equipped with a six-speed automatic as standard. It’s able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds, with a consumption average of 5.8L/100km.

Both variants come with a rear-view camera, alloy wheels, and an electric-folding soft-top roof with a sliding function as standard. The Cooper S adds MINI Navigation, LED headlights, a cloth and leather upholstery, and a John Cooper Works sports steering wheel.

The new model will officially arrive in Australia during the second quarter of 2016. Prices start from the following (excludes on-roads). See further below for the highlight standard features.

2016 MINI Cooper Convertible – $37,900
2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible – $45,400

MINI Cooper Convertible

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Fully automatic soft-top with sliding function
  • MINI Visual Boost multimedia interface with 6.5-inch monitor
  • Always open timer
  • Interior LED lights package
  • MINI logo projection from driver side mirror
  • Bluetooth mobile preparation with USB audio interface
  • Reversing Camera with guidance lines
  • Park Distance Control, rear
  • Storage compartment package
  • Automatic dual zone climate control air-conditioning

MINI Cooper S Convertible

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Six-speed sports automatic transmission with paddle shift gear change
  • Cloth/leather upholstery
  • John Cooper Works leather steering wheel
  • LED headlights
  • Front LED fog lights
  • MINI Visual Boost multimedia interface with 6.5-inch monitor
  • Always open timer
  • Interior LED lights package
  • MINI logo projection from driver side mirror
  • MINI Navigation System
  • Bluetooth mobile preparation with USB audio interface
  • Reversing camera with guide lines
  • Park Distance Control, rear
  • Storage compartment package
  • Automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • MINI Driving Modes

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.