2023 Mini Cooper Convertible

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2023 Mini Cooper Convertible Review: Flying In The Face Of Tradition

The Mini Cooper Convertible doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but since when is fun supposed to be rational? The impractical drop-top body combined with ultra-cartoonish style creates one of the most characterful and mischievous cars in the USA. The Mini is all about fun, and silly mundane things like rear-seat space or cargo capacity don't even factor into the equation. Under the hood, you'll find either a 134-horsepower three-cylinder in base guise or a 189-hp four-pot in Cooper S guise, both turbocharged and both doing a good job of hustling the tiny car around town and delivering hard-to-match levels of fun. With no convertible hatchback rivals, the Mazda MX-5 Miata comes to the party with a cheaper base price and a reputation for driving pleasure that is hard to compete with. Is the higher price The Mini is quite a bit more premium on the inside, though - but is that enough to justify the $28,400 starting price?

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2023 Mini Cooper Convertible Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 Cooper Convertible?

It's a busy year for the new 2023 Mini Cooper Convertible as a new special edition enters the lineup. The Resolute is dressed in Rebel Green paint and sports frosted bronze exterior trim. Inside, the seats are covered in yellow and cream tweed, and there are Resolute Edition door sill protectors. Apple CarPlay is, at long last, a standard feature, while adaptive cruise control is now a standalone option. The Driver Assistance Package has also been expanded with the addition of parking assistance and a head-up display.

Pros and Cons

  • Punchy and fun four-pot engine
  • Handles better than a drop-top should
  • Premium materials around the cabin
  • Plenty of ways to tailor it to your tastes
  • Includes most of the expected tech
  • Cramped back seat and trunk
  • Stick with the smaller wheels... trust us
  • Fully-specced models are painfully expensive

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2023 Mini Cooper Convertible Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Cooper
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,400
Cooper S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$31,900
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2023 Cooper Convertible Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 152.2 in
  • Wheelbase 98.2 in
  • Height 55.7 in
  • Max Width 68.0 in
  • Front Width 59.1 in
  • Rear Width 59.1 in
  • Curb Weight 2,892.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Pepper White, Build Out: 10/31/2022 +$550
  • Chili Red +$550
  • Midnight Black II +$550
  • Moonwalk Grey Metallic, Build Out: 10/31/2022
  • British Racing Green IV Metallic
  • Island Blue Metallic
  • Zesty Yellow
  • White Silver Metallic, Build Out: 10/31/2022
  • Deep Laguna Metallic, Build Out: 10/31/2022
  • John Cooper Works Rebel Green
  • Rooftop Grey Metallic
  • MINI Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic

2023 Cooper Convertible Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Gas, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

2023 Mini Cooper Convertible Handling and Driving Impressions

After spending just a few hours behind the wheel of the 2022 Cooper Convertible, one can't help but wonder why there aren't more compact drop-tops around. This is a phenomenally fun vehicle to pilot, with a playful throttle that eagerly accepts inputs and responsive steering that lets you really get the most out of the power from the engines. These include a 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 134 hp in the base model and a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 189 hp on Cooper S derivatives. Both can be optioned with either a seven-speed auto 'box or a more hands-on six-speed manual. Given the choice, we'd take the manual - the Mini feels most alive when you truly engage with it.

You may think that the front-wheel drivetrain would detract from the experience, but since the Cooper Convertible is so darn small, it still manages to feel extremely dynamic. Steering inputs result in almost immediate responses, which can take a little getting used to. Even at higher speeds, the steering wheel remains light, while feedback from the wheels is nonexistent. In review, the Mini Cooper is surprisingly fun for a convertible.

The lowered structural stability from the lack of a roof does result in a harsher ride than you'd expect from a drop-top, a class of car known for its leisure lifestyle. Small bumps can be felt in the cabin, while large ones can completely unhinge the small vehicle. If you don't mind adding even more to the already high price, the adaptive suspension helps to overcome some of these difficulties.

2023 Cooper Convertible Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 30.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.0 in

2023 Cooper Convertible Trunk and Cargo Space

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2023 Cooper Convertible Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Mini Cooper Convertible A Good car?

The Mini Cooper Convertible may not be your typical open-top cruiser, but it excels as a sporty spin-off of the otherwise laid-back body style. It naturally suffers for its small size, with very little passenger space and almost no room for cargo once the top is down. However, it benefits, too, with decent fuel economy figures and the ability to eke some real performance out of the otherwise unimpressive base engine.

The optional four-pot is the way to go if you want real fun, though. Combined with the Mini's playful attitude and intuitive handling, it makes for a compelling driving experience. But even though it has some athleticism, the Cooper Convertible functions best as a quirky cruiser. It's best served by the smaller wheels since the ride comfort is already choppy, and it doesn't lose any of its unique character for it. If you want to have fun and don't care what the world thinks about it, the Mini Cooper Convertible might just be the car for you - just be prepared for the lack of cargo and passenger space.

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