MINI Convertible (2009-2015): owner reviews

"Because it’s great to drive and very desirable, the MINI Convertible offers a near perfect way to enjoy the sun."

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

59%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 1reviews
  • 5reviews
  • 1reviews
  • 7reviews

Common Problems

  • Electrics, Engine, Other (2 cases)
  • Other (2 cases)
  • Electrics (1 cases)
  • Suspension (1 cases)

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

R57 Cooper S

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Fun car to drive but it ends there. Only had it a few weeks and it dumped most of the oil. Timing chain tensioner bolt seal went and needed replacing with a modified part. MINI is aware of this but keep quiet about it. Last week we shredded a tyre with no indication from the monitoring system that we had a puncture. This week, boot lid kept unlocking and opening. Poor seal around the number plate light lets water into the boot switch. Replaced with a modified part. Another problem that is known but not publicly acknowledged. Boot lid is filling with water every time it rains - still trying to trace the source of the leak.For a premium priced car the build quality and reliability is appalling.
Reliability

2 out of 5

Got to the stage where I'm always waiting for the next fault to develop.
Performance

4 out of 5

An absolute hoot to drive, if it keeps going.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Average on petrol, eye watering prices for parts and servicing at dealer (over £200 an hour).

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
the car is very good
Running Cost

5 out of 5

good as servicing is included and tyres are cheap

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Cooper, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Few design niggles, but overall very pleased.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

Cooper

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Expensive, thought MINI was a quality brand and it certainly isn't. Most unreliable car I've ever had. The car is 3 years old and has less than 10k miles. There have been an issue with the roof, heater problems (and it's failing again), the radio packed up and there have been stop start issues. The dash had to be removed to replace radio and the car now has more rattles than mothercare. All in all very poor. The garage has been good but this definitely not been what I expected from a premium brand. VERY POOR for a £20k motor
Reliability

1 out of 5

Poor, minor parts causing major annoyance and it shouldn't happen on a BMW car, a dismal experience that goes with my experiences of German cars, certainly haven't experienced the quality they brag about - Honda Mazda or Toyota next time less gloss but seem more reliable and better built
Performance

5 out of 5

Great to drive, really enjoy the experience, just tarnished by poor quality build/parts etc
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very good

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46
Review
It has never let me down mechanically, left outside 24h, often cold starts. Tyres - hate the run flats and expensive too.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

TLC pack from new pays for 5yrs or 50000 miles servicing. Run flat tyres are expensive about Ł140 each and can not be repaired if you get a puncture.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Review
stop/start rarely works and as now stopped timing cain renewed battery renewed
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Bought because Govt. figures said 48mpg, I am lucky to get middle 30s

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2011

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Review
Never had a fault
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Mpg could be better

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
BATTERY FAILED AT LESS THAN 1 WEEK
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I previously owned a VW Beetle which was very thirsty by comparison so at 40+ to the gallon this is 30% better.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Cooper D, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Economical and a great drive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It's the little things that spoil this car for me. It has more rattles and squeaks at 1 year old than my streetka did at 5 years. The run flat tyres affect the handling on uneven surfaces. The computer system that controls all the settings is too fiddly to use, i had to ask the dealer to alter the clock last year and undo the mess i'd made so i haven't attempted to alter the clock this autumn and the read out display is too small. The price of accessories is astronomical, £300 plus for spotlights!!! Interrmittent bulb failure lights that can't be traced. Water leaking into the bootlid. I didn't expect the rear seats to be of much use but i can't have anyone sitting behind me and retain my seating position. And i'm only 5'8" tall!! It's just not good enough on a car that cost in excess of £24k. Should i have bought an a3 or 1 series convertible instead?

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
New timing chain new battery stop/start does not work central locking does not release boot hood has stuck half-way hood assembly rattles annoyingly
Running Cost

1 out of 5

mpg is nowhere near what the manual states or the Government's figures. Dealer says it is the way I drive If the stop/start worked it would make a difference

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Review
limited mileage, but no problems so far
Running Cost

4 out of 5

much better than my previous 3.2 litre 4 wheel drive Alfa, so no complaints

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

37
Review
Very reliable (touch wood!!) Third mini owned from new
Running Cost

4 out of 5

parts etc rather expensive, but I tend to trade after three years to avoind these costs.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Cooper, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great when the sun shines and easy to park. Would probably not have another of this model from a practicality point of view, but i'm glad to have owned it.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Review
brilliant
Running Cost

4 out of 5

ok but would like a bit better

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Cooper, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great car to drive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Cooper, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fun car to drive. This is our 5th car & was purchases as a fun local run around & hopefully enjoy any nice weather. It fulfills all of that.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

John Cooper Works, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

CHILI Pack, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

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