Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thumbs Up for the New Top-Down Mini

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thumbs Up for the New Top-Down Mini

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Byline: Mike Stone

AN immutable law of cars is that every new version of a Mini is bigger than the car it replaces. Lined up next to the last car, the new Mini Cooper Convertible looks a fair chunk bigger, and dwarfs the original British Leyland model.

Mini says it is the only premium four-seater convertible on the UK market, but calling it a four-seater is pushing it. There is precious little room in the back. However, the boot has grown by 25 per cent and the ride is much improved.

The bad news is that with the hood down, your rear view is still severely limited. The good news is that a rear-view camera is standard.

You can configure the Mini Cooper Convertible to your heart's content. There are choices of 11 different seat styles, 15 wheel designs, four steering wheels and eight interior trim finishes.

Petrol engines are a threecylinder 1.5 with 136hp in the Cooper, or a four-cylinder two-litre petrol with 192hp in the Cooper S. …

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