MINI Cooper-Convertible Model History
All New and Used Cooper-Convertible Model Years and History
Coming three years after the MINI Cooper hardtop, the convertible version of the premium compact car was quickly admired as a harmonious balance of retro-inspired styling and open-air motoring. A four-passenger drop-top, the 2005 MINI Convertible wore a power retractable soft top roof featuring a heated glass window. An innovative sunroof mode feature part of the soft top allowed the passenger compartment to be partially shielded. The 2005 MINI Cooper Convertible's arrival was coordinated with a minor styling make-over performed to the existing Cooper Hardtop resulting in both cars receiving updated headlight and grille appearance. A base and sportier S trim level were offered with the Cooper Convertible from 2005 to 2008 powered through four-cylinder engines. Starting in 2009, MINI added the John Cooper Works performance trim to the brand's convertible. Propelled through a 207-horsepower engine through a six-speed manual transmission, the Convertible John Cooper Works was also equipped with a firmer suspension, larger brakes and 17-inch alloy wheels. While a new MINI Cooper Hardtop arrived in 2014, it wasn't until 2016 when a re-engineered MINI Convertible would be available combining modernized styling combined with highly-efficient MINI TwinPower Turbo powerplants. A 228-horsepower John Cooper Works version of the Convertible was added to the MINI lineup in 2017. For 2018, availability of a compact spare tire has been discontinued on the MINI Convertible.