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MINI Convertible - Reliability & safety

MINI Convertible should prove just as reliable as hatch, and as safe

Carbuyer Rating

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Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

MINI hasn’t always enjoyed the best reputation for reliability, but it seems its latest hatchback and Convertible is much improved, posting strong results in our annual owner’s survey. There’s a decent amount of safety kit too, so you can feel confident in MINI to protect its occupants.

MINI Convertible reliability

The MINI Convertible performed well in our 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, coming 44th overall out of the 75 makes and models included. A strong performance in the reliability and build quality category will be particularly reassuring for prospective buyers. The fact only 7.3% of respondents reported having an issue within the first 12 months also shouldn’t ring any alarm bells – particularly as most of them were related to interior trim, rather than anything that could leave you stuck at the roadside.

Safety

The MINI hatchback scored four out of five stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and we’d expect the convertible version to prove just as safe. Euro NCAP hasn’t tested a great deal of small convertibles, but the Mazda MX-5 received the same four stars as the MINI hatchback. As it's a convertible, MINI has added a pair of rollover hoops that pop out from behind the rear seats if the car senses it's going to roll. They deploy in just 150 milliseconds, which will be reassuring for owners.

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