Price £11,870 - £22,115
With its bug-eyed appearance, the MINI's design is shamelessly retro, yet it's still a unique looking car. The MINI is popular because of its sharp handling and the potential for personalisation with its (pricey) optional extras. It's expensive to buy, but is cheap to run, with good fuel economy across the range; the Cooper D diesel is especially efficient. The MINI remains the benchmark premium small car, imitated by the Fiat 500 and Citroen DS3, but not bettered yet.
Price £15,960 - £24,975
The standard MINI hatchback has tiny rear seats and a minute boot... So making space for the fabric hood makes the Convertible even more impractical. That aside, this MINI does everything else a small convertible should very well: it's fun to drive, has loads of space up front, is cheap to run, and the electric roof folds quickly. The Fiat 500C is a strong rival, but convertibles don’t come much cooler than the MINI.
Price £22,455 - £28,795
The ultimate BMW-developed MINI comes in the form of the 208bhp John Cooper Works, the hottest production MINI yet capable of 148mph. The MINI JCW faces comeptition from the Renault Clio Renaultsport and Vauxhall Corsa VXR. Excellent resale values and an economical engine means the performance MINI is a sensible, if expensive choice. Sharing many parts with the MINI Challenge one-make racers, the JCW provides cracking entertainment in a desirable hot hatch package.
The ultimate MINI Convertible keeps all the traits of the JCW Hatchback, coming with 208bhp and a 148mph top speed. With an exhaust note that crackles at idle like the 1959 original, the ‘go-kart’ handling is matched to the enjoyment of open-top motoring. Excellent resale values mean the performance MINI is a sensible, if expensive choice for sun worshippers.
Coming in 2013.