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MINI Convertible - Reliability & safety

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

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.

It hasn’t appeared in our survey in recent years, perhaps due to too few respondents, but MINI as a brand came 19th out of 29 in our 2021 rundown - a seven-place improvement on the year before. Only 8% of owners reported a fault, which was one of the lowest percentages of any brand. Exterior styling, driving experience and running costs were all praised.

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.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 Cooper Classic 2dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,305

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 Cooper Classic 2dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,305

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 John Cooper Works 2dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £31,580

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