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MINI Convertible - Interior & comfort

Third-generation MINI looks superb inside

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The MINI interior just gets better and better over the years. It feels plush and more luxurious than ever, with high-quality materials and switchgear dominating.

MINI Convertible dashboard

As we’ve already seen in the latest MINI hatchback, the traditional circular theme for the instruments has been maintained, but the layout has been improved compared to earlier versions – the speedometer and rev counter are in front of you and the 6.5-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard is used solely for the infotainment system.

Convertibles with fabric roofs can be noisy, particularly at speed, but wind roar isn’t at all bad in the MINI Convertible. Driving on the motorway doesn’t create too much buffeting for occupants in the front, but those in the back might find life rather windswept and everyone would benefit from a wind deflector.

Choosing a specification for your MINI Convertible was made easier in 2018 with the introduction of three trim levels. The default entry-level model is dubbed Classic and has all the basics you'd expect, such as air-conditioning, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen with DAB radio and Bluetooth connection. You get some nifty details, too, like MINI logos projected onto the ground when you open the doors.

If your tastes are more exuberant, the slightly costlier Sport might be the ticket. It's distinguished by a motorsport-inspired bodykit and alloy wheels from the John Cooper Works collection, and has sports seats, a grippy sports steering wheel and darkened headlining to match. Alternatively, for the same price you can opt for the more restrained, luxurious Exclusive pack. It, too, brings distinctive alloy wheels, but its smart chrome trim has a more low-key look and the interior is swaddled with leather for a real upmarket air.

Options

Be warned, it's easy to get carried away with the options list, and this can make the MINI Convertible very expensive indeed. Sat nav on its own costs £600 or £1,800 when part of the Media pack, which also comes with a Connected XL pack that offers apps and an internet connection for better searches on the sat-nav system. The Navigation Plus pack includes Apple CarPlay along with a built-in 4G internet connection. This works with a MINI Connected smartphone app, allowing owners to check on their car, send destinations to the sat nav and even lock its doors remotely.

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