Reasons Why A MINI Should Be Your Next Convertible
When you think of iconic small cars, the vehicles made by British company MINI instantly spring to mind. Despite being in production for a relatively short period of time, the MINI Convertible has already carved out a legendary status of its own in the small car market in the United States. The addition of an automatic convertible sunroof was regarded as an unusual feature for such a small car, but the daring move by MINI has reaped dividends, and the MINI Convertible is now one of the company’s best-sellers.
The 2017 MINI Convertible improves on its predecessors to offer even more to drivers searching for a stylish small car with impressive performance. Keep reading to find out why you should choose the 2017 MINI Convertible.
The MINI Convertible’s automatic power top folds flat in eighteen seconds, giving you ultra-fast access to the pleasant breeze of a sunny day as you cruise around town. The key differentiator between this convertible and practically every other convertible on the market is that the MINI version has three available settings.
The majority of competing convertibles can only be open or closed, but MINI adds a third option by giving driver’s the ability to use a half-open setting that works just like a sunroof.
Under the hood in the base Cooper model is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that offers the reliable performance you’d expect from any convertible car worth its salt. The engine delivers 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and it runs smoothly and efficiently. The Cooper S model replaces the base engine with a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, while the most expensive John Cooper Works trim adds a more powerful version of this engine that delivers superb power at 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.
Three distinct driving settings are available: Sport, Green, or Mid. The inclusion of these settings is an extremely nifty addition to the car, and drivers can emphasize performance, efficiency, or a balance between the two.
The 2017 MINI Convertible is a bigger car; this year’s model is 4.5-inches longer and 1.7-inches wider, as well as being slightly taller than previous versions. There is no loss of the nimble cornering for which the Mini is so well-known. The main perk of the slight adjustments to the size of the vehicle comes in the form of increased cargo space for your stuff. You’ll now have 7.6-feet of cubic space with the top up or 5.7 feet with the top down, both of which should be more than enough to store whatever goods you need.
The overall look of the car, despite its increase in size, appears to be much more refined, with sharper edges throughout and its characteristic MINI charm.
Make sure to take the 2017 MINI Convertible on a test drive for further proof that this should be your next convertible car.
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