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Car and Driver: New Mini Cooper, S, JCW Convertibles Priced, Start Under $27,000


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Mini had let its Cooper convertible overripe in the sun, with that car’s older design continuing unchanged for two years after the third-generation hardtop models arrived for 2014. Now an all-new 2016 version is out—as is a new John Cooper Works, which is badged a 2017—and the good news is that prices haven’t strayed far from the outgoing models’.


The 2016 Cooper convertible starts at $26,800, up $250 from 2015. New standard equipment, aside from the 1.5-liter 134-hp turbocharged three-cylinder engine, includes a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth, apps, and voice control, all of which used to be optional. Dual-zone climate control, a new Eco driving mode, a driver’s side puddle lamp that shines the Mini logo, and folding rear seats that split 50/50 instead of 60/40 are also new.


Step up to the 2016 Cooper S convertible at $30,450 (up $900) and you get the 2.0-liter turbo four good for 189 horsepower. The new John Cooper Works is down $250, at $36,450—but the 228-hp four is up 20 ponies. As before, a six-speed manual (now with rev matching) comes standard on all models while the six-speed automatic runs you an extra $1250. Automatic Cooper S and JCW models offer shift paddles for another $250.


-New options include a backup camera, adaptive dampers, LED headlamps and taillamps, and an 8.8-inch screen for models with navigation. Mini has consolidated its option packages, too. The Premium package ($1800) brings heated seats, keyless entry, a 410-watt harman/kardon stereo with SiriusXM, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a wind deflector.


The Sport package ($1750 on the Cooper, $1500 on the Cooper S) includes the new Dynamic Damper Control, LED headlamps, sport seats (standard on Cooper S), and plus-size wheels (17 inches on the Cooper, 18 inches on the S). Add the Technology package ($1750) for navigation with traffic info, a backup camera with rear parking sensors, and the enhanced Mini Connected XL interface. The Fully Loaded package ($5000 on the Cooper, $250 cheaper on the Cooper S) doesn’t pull out every stop, but cherry picks from the three main packages (wheel and stereo upgrades, LED headlamps, wind deflector, backup camera, parking sensors, navigation, and keyless entry).


Two JCW appearance packages are available, but the spiffiest new options are the grayscale Union Jack embroidered into the soft top ($500) and Malt Brown leather seats with diamond-stitched inserts ($1750). The first 2016 Cooper and Cooper S ragtops will be on sale in March; the 2017 JCW convertible arrives a month later.




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