The 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible combines the same unmistakable look and handling of the coupe with the thrill of open-top motoring. The fully automatic soft-top roof retracts in only 15 seconds and incorporates an innovative sunroof. A standard "Openometer" gauge is included to help drivers keep track of time spent with the top down. Available engine choices are the same as the hardtop - either a 118 hp 1.6L in the base model or a 172 hp turbocharged version in the MINI Cooper S Convertible. The base model, rated at 36 mpg hwy, achieves just 1 mpg less than the hardtop. EPA fuel economy ratings for all other trims are unchanged. Optional equipment includes Keyless Go Comfort Access, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod adapter and 17" alloy wheels. The 208 hp John Cooper Works engine remains exclusive to the hardtop, but the upgraded suspension, brake and aero packages are available as dealer installed options.Read more Read less
For 2009, MINI returns its popular Cooper in all its forms--2-door hardtop, convertible, and Clubman wagon. While the hardtop received a redesign in 2007 and the Clubman adopted that car's second-generation styling on its 2008 introduction, the convertible gets its facelift for 2009. Styling is in keeping with the rest of the MINI lineup. The most exciting new addition for 2009 is the John Cooper Works package, currently available on the hardtop and Clubman, with convertible availability likely coming later in the year. The John Cooper Works ups the performance capability of the MINI with a 207-hp version of the MINI's 1.6L 4-cylinder engine, bigger disc brakes, a stiffer sport suspension and 17-inch alloys. The JCW hardtop starts at $28,550, while the JCW Clubman is priced at $30,800.
Retro good looks; fuel economy; agile handling; high performance from both S and John Cooper Works models
The MINI Cooper is one of the most exciting and stylish cars on the market. All models offer fun, agile handling. The base model features excellent fuel economy at 30 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while the convertible allows for carefree, top-down motoring at the push of a button. The Cooper S brings serious performance to the MINI lineup, and the Clubman adds extra space for sharing the MINI motoring experience with friends. The new John Cooper Works package adds performance tweaks to turn the already go-kart-like MINI into the hottest hatchback on the road.