MINI Cooper Convertible 1.6 Ambleside

Second generation of stylish Convertible has lost none of its cool factor and has gained some clever additions. In the following article, you will learn more details about the car in Ambleside, including its style, interior and exterior design and other performance information.

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Styling/image
The second generation of the cabrio isn’t immediately distinguishable from the first. As a result, the same retro looks and matching pram-style hood retain the model’s appeal, as the designers knew it would. And the MINI is cool, in any form.

Interior/practicality

Again, little has been altered although there are a few creative ideas, such as the Openometer which logs how much time has been spent driving with the lid down. Build quality is excellent throughout, the powered hood folds in 15 seconds and there’s even 125 litres of space in the boot, rising to 660 litres. There’s not a lot of room in the back, though.

Engine/performance
For keen drop-top drivers, there’s the Cooper S or mighty JCW. However, if most of your motoring is urban, the 120bhp Cooper is arguably a better choice. There’s an automatic six-speed option, superior fuel returns to the S’s and a wide range of safety and driver aids. And as it’s a MINI, entertainment is guaranteed.

Driving experience
Rather than go tearing off towards the horizon, in this car you can cruise the summer streets and stop to chat with friends on the way. It’s undemanding to drive, yet guaranteed to make you smile.

Ownership costs

As well as being £3,000 less than the S, the Cooper has other financial advantages. It’s insurance group nine (the S is 16); fuel returns are 49.6mpg combined (44.1); and CO2 emissions are lower at 137g/km (153g/km) so it’s in band E for VED. The S is band G and the JCW, band H. The optional tlc package costs £185 for five years’ worth or 50,000 miles of servicing. Extend it by 36 months, and eight years’ fixed-price maintenance comes in at £555 which is excellent value. Residuals of 54.7 per cent are very healthy, too.

Safety/environment
An active roll-over bar is smart for the second-generation model. Other safety features include a crash sensor, Dynamic Stability Control including Automatic Stability Control + Traction, electronic brakeforce distribution and corner braking control. BMW’s EfficientDynamics system includes brake energy regeneration plus auto start/stop as standard, while the manual gets a shift point display for optimum gearchanges.

Author: Charlottle Blight

MINI Cooper Convertible 1.6