2016 Mini Cooper

MSRP $25,950 - $29,600

Ranked #1 in Convertible

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2016 Mini Cooper Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 31, 2021

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Mini Cooper’s Convertible iteration is a niche offering for those looking to coalesce flamboyance with everyday practicality. It’s a rather cute option in the hatchback segment that vaunts economical fuel figures and has a finely built cabin with premium quality materials available at its disposal. Even in 2016, the Cooper Convertible manages to be precise in its handling, and with maneuverable dimensions, it is one of the more exhilarating options that can be driven in the city.

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Pros

Lively driving dynamics

Luxuriously-appointed cabin

Frugal option

Cons

Constrained cargo and rear-seat space

Higher cost of ownership

What's New?

Redesigned exterior


2016 Mini Cooper Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.0

based on 2 ratings


7.5/10Features
7.5/10Interiors
8.5/10Design
7.5/10Safety
7.5/10Reliability
6.0/10Deal Value

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Audrey

2017 Mini Cooper

2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 24, 2021

: roomy convertible

Pros - Nimble handling, classy interior, good fuel economy, great safety scores and roomy seats

Cons - Underpowered engine, firm ride, pricey vehicle with limited cargo space

a safe and reliable SUV but pricey I couldn’t believe my eyes when I purchased the Mini Cooper, it boasts a surprising amount of internal space and a long list of standard equipment which makes my ride entertaining and smooth. It is safe along with its turbocharged engine and playful driving dynamics make it a particularly enjoyable SUV to drive. However, the horsepower and beauty of this Mini come at a cost. The Countryman is one of the most expensive convertibles to buy and maintain. The customer support team is excellent; they explain what the service entails and do not try to upsell you on other services. The communication and turnaround time are excellent.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Tamika Belvin

2021 Mini Cooper

Iconic 2dr Convertible (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 28, 2021

charming fun to drive convertible

Pros - Nimble handling, fun to drive , classy and upscale interior along with eye-catching exterior styling.

Cons - Very pricey, below average cargo capacity and the passenger space is also quite limited.

pricey convertible with less practicality and easy to use tech features. I purchased the Mini Cooper convertible for my wife as an anniversary present but most of the time I end up driving it. As I enjoy all the attention that this tiny convertible gets while moving on roads. Despite its minimal luggage capacity and rear seating passenger space, it's a lot of fun to drive because of its snappy engine and competent handling. The interior is attractive and modern, and the technological elements are simple to operate. All of this comes at a high cost, but nothing is more valuable than a happy wife. I have been Customer of 9 years looking forward to a whole decade. I have already and will continue t...

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
9/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25950

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

134 hp @ 4400 rpm

torque

162 lb.-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

98.2 in.

length

151.1 in.

width

68 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2855 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.6 cu ft.

payload capacity

710 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/38 mpg

highway range

432.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$25,950 onwards

  • Automatic climate control
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Dynamic ambient lighting
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking/unlocking
  • Tilt-And-Telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel

S$29,600 onwards

  • 16-Inch wheels
  • Dual center-mounted exhaust tips
  • Led foglights
  • Sport front seats

Colors and Styles

2016 Mini Cooper in British Racing Green Metallic color
British Racing Green Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.8

Exterior

9.9

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


For 2016, the Mini Cooper Convertible has been redesigned, and it sure is a looker that can turn heads on the streets. It now uses a similar set of powertrains as the hatchback and is made available in two trim options, which when coupled with its package options, allows for a myriad of customization options. In its segment, the Cooper Convertible competes with the likes of the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi A3 Cabriolet.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2016 Mini Cooper Features

8.0/10

The Mini Cooper Convertible is available in two trim levels including the base Convertible and Convertible S. Both these options are differentiated by the engine they carry under their hoods and the kind of performance they deliver. Even from the base variant, the Cooper Convertible is adequately equipped and if you desire additional features, Mini offers optional packages like the JCW interior and JCW exterior packages to improve the aesthetics of the hatchback.

Trim

Cooper Convertible

Cooper Convertible S

MSRP

$25,950

$29,600

Key Features

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Adds to or retains the features of the Base

 

Cruise Control

Driver Lumbar Support

 

Dual-zone Climate Control

Performance Tires (front and rear)

 

Wireless Cellphone Integration

17-inch alloy wheels

 

Premium Synthetic Upholstery

Optional Leather Upholstery

 

Rollover Protection System

Rollover Protection System

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The decision amongst the two options here, the choice for the buyers would depend on the kind of acceleration buyers would typically want from their convertible. For us, keeping in mind the everyday drivability and antics, the base Cooper Convertible is the option to go for. At a starting price of $25,950, the base variant clubbed with Technology Package will be ideal for all traditional buyers in the segment.

2016 Mini Cooper Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Mini Cooper Convertible is available with two engine units. In its base iteration, the vehicle makes use of a turbocharged inline-3 unit which is capable of churning out 134 hp of power and 162 lb.-ft of torque. With the top-tier Convertible Cooper S, Mini provides a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 unit that produces an additional 55 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft of torque. In all other mechanical aspects, both trims share a similar setup. They are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and transfer power to the front wheels only, with no available AWD configuration.

In terms of acceleration, the Mini Cooper Convertible with the base engine sprints from 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds, which is the slowest in the segment. However, if you want urgency in your performance, the convertible can be had with a more powerful engine. But a problem persistent with both the options is that the ride quality does seem to be a bit too stiff for everyday usability.

Models

Mini Cooper Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Audi A3 Cabriolet

MSRP

$25,950

$26,395

$36,600

Engine

1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder

2.0L inline-4

1.8L turbocharged inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed automated manual

Horsepower

134 hp

155 hp

170 hp

Torque (lb.-ft)

162 lb.-ft

148 lb.-ft

200 lb.-ft

0-60 MPH

8.3 seconds

6 seconds

6.5 seconds

Quarter mile

N/A

14.5 seconds

14.9 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

125 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

In comparison, both the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi A3 Cabriolet are considerably more powerful, with the latter producing 170 hp and 200 lb.-ft of torque. However, it is also more expensive than the other options. But despite the outputs, the MX-5 Miata is the quickest and takes only 6 seconds to the 60-mph mark. Yet, the Mazda’s noisy cabin and evident body roll, do take away from the driving experience.

2016 Mini Cooper Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Mini’s oneness lies in its efficient powertrain. It is the most frugal option available in the segment and averages a combined mileage of 31 MPG. Even in the city and on the highway, its mileage is rated at 27 and 38 MPG, respectively, which is the highest in the segment. But the Cooper Convertible is let down by its smallish engine capacity. Yet Mini’s ability to maintain a range of 313 and 441 miles in the city and on the highway feels noteworthy.

Models

Mini Cooper Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Audi A3 Cabriolet

MPG (city)

27

27

24

MPG (highway)

38

36

35

MPG (combined)

31

30

28

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

11.6-gallons

11.9-gallons

13.2-gallons

Range (miles)

313/441 mi

321/428 mi

317/462 mi

When compared to its staple rivals, both the MX-5 Miata and A3 Cabriolet are less efficient, averaging 30 and 28 MPG, respectively. But both these convertible options come with larger fuel tanks, with the Audi leading in the aspect having a storage capacity of 13.2-gallons. While the Mazda MX-5 Miata has an almost similar range as the Mini in the city, the A3 Cabriolet does lead in terms of highway range, averaging 462 miles, but the difference is only diminutive.

2016 Mini Cooper Interior

7.8/10

The Mini Cooper Convertible comes with a happy-go-lucky design. It’s the quirkiest setup available in the segment and the circular designs of the aircon vent and infotainment system do add distinction to the design. There is ample use of high-quality materials and though there is some hard plastic on the dashboard, buyers will not be irked by it. Even in terms of space and comfort, the Cooper Convertible is fairly decent. While the front seats are where you would want to be seated, thanks to its ample under-thigh support and commanding placement, the rear seats are best suited for children or increasing storage capacity.

Models

Mini Cooper Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Audi A3 Cabriolet

Passenger capacity

4

2

4

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.8/51/41.4

37.4/52.2/43.1

37.4/54.8/41.2

Second (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39/39.7/30.9

N/A

36.3/45.7/31.9

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

5.7

4.6

9.9

The Mazda MX-5 Miata with its two-seat configuration and smaller cargo capacity might be the most impractical proposition in the segment. However, its single-row option does allow for higher legroom for the driver and passenger. On the other hand, the Audi A3 Cabriolet is much similar to the Mini. It has the best cargo capacity in the segment of 9.9 cubic feet, which does improve its practicality. But much like the Cooper Convertible, Audi’s constricted rear seat space can be an issue for some buyers.

Some of the salient interior features include:

  • Leather-wrapped Steering wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • JCW Interior Package

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible?

With its connections to BMW, it is hard to imagine Mini lacking intuitiveness in any regard. The 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible makes use of a similar infotainment setup as its hatchback counterpart. It is user-friendly and does not have a steep learning curve to it. It is easily one of the better-equipped options available in the segment and comes with standard and optional features which include Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker sound system, and a Harman Kardon sound system as well. Other salient features include:

  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • Smartphone Integration
  • HD Radio
  • Harman Kardon Sound System (Optional)

2016 Mini Cooper Exterior

9.9/10

Perhaps, the most evident update to the Mini convertible comes in the form of its updated design. It now bears a similar design as the Mini Cooper hatchback and looks on par with the competition. While remaining true to its traditional design language, the Cooper Convertible embraces modernity with grace. It now gets a new front bumper and grille, which add an element of athleticism to a rather curvier design.

The fabric soft-top of the Cooper Convertible looks pleasing to the eye. Dimensionally, Mini's hatchback is the most compact option. It is 151.1 inches long and has a total width of 68 inches. It sports a wheelbase of 98.2 inches but has the lowest ground clearance of 4.5 inches.

Models

Mini Cooper Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Audi A3 Cabriolet

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2,855

2,381

3,373

Length (in.)

151.1

154.1

175.4

Width (in.)

68

68.3

77.2

Height (in.)

55.7

48.6

55.5

Ground clearance (in.)

4.5

4.9

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

98.2

90.9

103.8

In the segment, the two-seat MX-5 Miata is the smallest car in comparison. It has a wheelbase of 90.9 inches and is also the least curb weight of 2,381 lbs. Though the most compact option, the roadster from Mazda has better ground clearance than Mini. On the other hand, the Audi A3 Cabriolet is the heaviest in the segment and weighs 3,373 lbs. It is the longest in the segment and has a wheelbase of 103.8 inches. Yet, it fails to bestow a capacious cabin to the buyers. 

Some of the salient exterior features include:

  • Chrome Line Exterior 
  • 15-inch alloy wheels 
  • Fog Lights 
  • Fabric soft top
  • 12 exterior color options
  • JCW Exterior Package 

2016 Mini Cooper Safety

8.0/10

The Mini Cooper Convertible vaunts aplomb safety ratings and comes with a plethora of standard specifications that make it a sound performer in this aspect. However, more than the available features, its ratings by federal and non-federal agencies act as benchmarks for its performance. The 2016 Cooper Convertible receives an impressive 4 out of 5 stars in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA. On the other hand, while the ratings of the Convertible iteration are not yet available, the hatchback option is recognized as IIHS’s “Top Safety Pick+” and we expect similar ratings to trickle down to its counterpart. 

Some of the standout safety features available with the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible include:

  • Rollover Protection System
  • Emergency Brake Assist 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Daytime Running Lights

2016 Mini Cooper Final Verdict

The 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible is wonderfully joyful in its innocence. It’s a true pocket-rocket that combines pleasurable driving dynamics with top-notch frugality, yet it remains highly impressive in its performance and can be used as a practical daily driver. But more than its practicality, the redesigned Cooper Convertible is a style statement and with the top-down, its appeal improves manifold. It is highly intuitive in its setup and by resonating with finesse on the inside, Mini’s latest vehicle is a treat to own. 

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8

User Overall Rating

: roomy convertible

a safe and reliable SUV but pricey

by Audrey

8

User Overall Rating

charming fun to drive convertible

pricey convertible with less practicality and easy to use tech features.

by Tamika Belvin

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