10th-Jan-2012: BMW has been aiming to bring in the Mini car range to India since a long time and the wait has finally come to an end at this year’s Auto Expo. BMW launched its Mini car range in India with all pomp and show on January 5th 2012. The major eye candy among these cars was Mini Cooper Convertible. The new Mini Cooper Convertible comes with a hefty price tag of Rs. 29.99 lakh. However, this opulence car tagged with so much of price will not be a problem for luxury car enthusiasts.
Mini Cooper Convertible is without a doubt a top-end lavish car, which is best- suited to adjust four passengers inside. This car is pretty much successful in removing that thin line between heaven and earth for its passengers. The ever-so-exotic Mini Cooper Convertible will surely leave you breathless once you drive this wagon. A whole day could be spent just by looking at the car and adoring its features. The major characteristic features of this new car comprise of matt black exterior mirrors, stunning grille that comes with chrome finish, stylish LED rear lights along with eye-catchy headlights, which sure are nice looking. The clear blue sky above the roof makes Mini Cooper Convertible a total delight. The exteriors have shinny chrome lines, which add more appeal and charisma to the entire look of the car.
BMW India is trying its best to expand its portfolio in India and by introducing the Mini car range, the portfolio of luxury car maker looks totally glorified. The company has also opened two individual showrooms in Mumbai and Delhi especially for the Mini cars. In the global car market, Mini cars have been a great success and same kind of response is expected in the country as well. Besides the hot Mini Cooper Convertible, BMW also launched Mini Cooper Countryman, at the Delhi Auto Expo 2012. The Mini Convertible is offered in numerous variants in global market, which comprise of Mini Cooper, Mini One, Mini Cooper SD, Mini Cooper S, Mini Cooper D SOHO, Mini Cooper SOHO and Mini John Cooper Works. However, In India only one model i.e. Mini Cooper Convertible is launched.
The new Mini Convertible is absolutely a driver’s car and the passengers will surely feel the cool breeze in their hair while on the drive. Mini is jam-packed with so many high-tech features, which includes Mini Connected that comes with Google local search, Web Radio, superb sound Harman Kardon hi-fi system (optional), which is capable of delivering crystal clear sound and has powerful bass that could make your car a concert hall on wheels. Via USB interface, one can easily connect Mini to many types of equipment, such as iPods, USB ports and MP3 players. Under the hood, the car comes with 1.6 litre of powerful petrol motor that produces about 122 BHP of power at the rate of 6000 rpm along with 160 Nm of torque at the rate of 4250 rpm and takes hardly 11.1 seconds to catch up to its top speed. The brake ducts are very responsive and works like magic when used. The sturdy engine, terrific grip along with the overall feel keeps the capability to make your riding and driving experience outstanding. The car moves so swiftly even in the corners and at the bumpy Indian terrains as well.
To complete the exteriors of the Mini Cooper Convertible, the car feature 17 inches of black star bullet alloy wheels in matt black color, which ensures butter smooth ride on the Indian roads. On the inside, the comfort features of the car comprise of leather steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, interior lights, heated rear and front seats, central consoler and floor mats with velour material. The company has also tried to take care of the safety of the passengers and the car by providing lots of safety controls. These safety features include traction control, automatic stability control, four airbags, front fog lamps, active roll-over bar, anti-lock braking system with EBD and cornering brake control along with dynamic stability control. Being priced at a whopping Rs. 29.99 lakh, Mini Cooper Convertible remains to be the cheapest convertible on sale in India.
Ed's take: The mileage of the Mini Convertible is about 8-9km/l for the petrol. Though not many of the owners will be worried about it.
It is very crucial for the car to deliver impressive mileage, especially when in India; people first ask what the fuel economy of the car is and then plan to buy it. The Mini Cooper Convertible fuel consumption in urban areas is about 8.9 litres per 100 km, whereas the fuel consumption figure in the extra-urban area is 5.3 litres per 100 km. Therefore the average fuel consumption by Mini Cooper Convertible is approximately 6.6 litres per 100 km. The mileage delivered by the car is pretty low, but performance is brilliant altogether. That said for the luxury car lovers, it doesn’t matter at all.
Ed's take: The power produced by the 1.6-litre turbo petrol on the convertible feels inadequate most of the times.
The brand new Mini Cooper Convertible comes powered with 1.6 litre of petrol engine, which is totally powerful and sturdy. The engine keeps the capacity to churn out 122 BHP of peak power at the rate of 6000rpm along with 160 Nm of torque at the rate of 4250 rpm. With such an impressive engine, the car delivers a superb performance, which would ensure an unforgettable driving experience. When accelerated, the car zooms from 0 kmph-100 kmph in just 11.1 seconds and catches its top speed of 191 km per hour which sounds pretty amazing. Hence, if you are looking for power-packed performance, the new Mini Cooper Convertible will certainly be your slave.
Ed's take:The acceleration produced by the Mini Convertible is decent, however it doesn’t have acceleration like the Cooper S.
Mini Cooper Convertible is a total performance oriented car. The 1.6 litre of petrol engine assist the car to deliver a powerful acceleration and pick-up. This petrol motor produces a whopping 122 BHP of maximum power at the rate of 6000 revolutions per minute. If you are looking for a car that zooms away with speed, then Mini Cooper Convertible is just for you. The car catches up the top speed of 191 km per hour and accelerates from 0-100 kmph in just 11.1 seconds, which is very much impressive. With such high speed, the carbon dioxide emissions come out to be 154 g/km that is pretty decent. Hence, if you are looking for a stylish speedy car, which gives you great acceleration and pick up, then Mini Cooper Convertible is perfect for you.
The new Mini Cooper Convertible scores pretty high marks in terms of its design and style. The exteriors of the car are top-notch and make the car look exotic and lavish. When looking the front end of the Mini Cooper Convertible, the chrome radiator grille along with remarkably designed ultra bright optional bi-xenon headlights surrounded with chrome finish surely steals the show. The wheel arches look very beautiful and fit in with strong and light alloy wheels. The exterior mirror caps in black color and lower front bumper with chrome lines further adds more charm to the front end of the car. Moving towards the rear end of Mini Cooper Convertible, the rear bumper has been designed neatly and becomes a meeting junction for the fog light and reversing light. The tail pipe has also been given a chrome finish to make it look a gleaming part of the car.
The LED rear lights look very elegant and are visible from a distance too. The Cooper badge positioned near the back lights is present there with proud. The side profile of the Mini Cooper Convertible is as good as the front and rear ends of the car. The major highlights on the side of the car comprise of side scuttles, which are basically black in color and have orange indicator placed on them on either sides, whereas the door handles have chrome finish which seems to be very inviting. The steep front windscreen provides a perfect view of the road without any trouble. The soft top down is elegantly placed and makes the Mini Cooper Convertible look stunning and stylish.
When looking at Mini Cooper Convertible, the car has very impressive exterior measurements. This stylish offering by Mini India is 3,723mm in length accompanied with 1,683mm in width and about 1,414mm in height. The max permissible weight in Convertible is 1635 kg. However, the kerb weight of the mule is 1280 kg.
Ed's take: The interior styling of the Mini Cooper is unique and the locations of buttons is different from other cars. It has switches like an aeroplane cockpit.
BMW has always been known for offering sleek and luxurious cars. And the new BMW Mini Cooper Convertible is no different. The car comes with exclusively lavish interiors, which are stylish and comfortable simultaneously. The door trim inside is perfectly charming and has elliptical door ring surrounded by same shaped circumference, which very well complement each other. The upholstery of the Mini Cooper Convertible is high-class and chic. The leather seats that are beige in color are superbly comfortable and go in complete harmony with other interior feature of the car. The dashboard of the car is very ravishing and the presence of round speedometer surely dominates the front cabin. The comfort access has been provided that would allow you to open Mini Cooper Convertible without holding the key and the engine could be operated with the start/stop button provided near the key access.
Talking about interior comfort, the car has plenty of it in reserves. The strong and powerful air conditioning system with automatic climate control is absolutely fabulous. The car also comes with the nice audio system and USB interface which has iPods, MP3 players and USB ports connectivity. The car also has power windows, power steering, which could be leather wrapped and has audio controls mounted on it, electric driver seat adjustment, tachometer and rear defogger along with central locking system. To add more charm to the interior comfort of Mini Cooper Convertible, is plenty of legroom so that even a tall person would not be uncomfortable while going on drive. For those reason the interior comfort of Mini Cooper Convertible receives total thumbs up.
BMW Mini Cooper Convertible is a very stylish and comfortable car. This new offering has plenty of legroom and headroom space. When on long trips, the car also proffers the owner with ample of luggage storage as the rear seats could folded to create extra storage space of 170 litre.
Ed's take: The 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine has decent performance and the automatic transmission is also sluggish. This makes the movement of the Convertible a bit lethargic.
The very chic, BMW Mini Cooper Convertible comes with a 1.6 litre of powerful petrol engine that has a engine displacement of 1598cc. The engine is very masculine and churns out peak power of about 122 BHP along with 160 Nm of maximum torque, which is impressive enough. This new car by Mini India is absolutely a performance car therefore the mileage delivered is low as compared to other petrol cars in the market. But the high-class performance, the low mileage doesn’t matter much. The car has a top speed of 191 km per hour, which could be achieved in merely 11.1 seconds. The acceleration of the car is butter smooth.
Ed's take: The Convertible gets an inbuilt music system with steering mounted audio controls.
Mini Cooper Convertible comes with a powerful and awesome sound system that allows the owner to zoom away with music. The presence of Web radio by the means of Mini Connected facilitates the owner to listen to world music. The speakers are evenly placed so that everyone in the car hears equal amount of sound and enjoys the music thoroughly. One can also go for Harman Kardon hi-fi sound system, which is optional but is capable of delivering superb crystal clear sound with powerful bass that could make your car turned into a massive concert hall on wheels.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The brand new Mini Cooper Convertible has beautiful wheel arches that have been fitted with 17 inches of Black Star Bullet alloy wheels painted in matt black color. These alloy wheels have the size of 7 J X 17 inches with 205/45 R17 tyres. The tyres are very strong and guarantee awesome nimbleness while driving Mini Cooper Convertible.
Ed's take: The handling of the Convertible isn’t phenomenal as it is softer than the regular Mini Cooper.
It is very essential for a car to perform well, both in terms of speed and when brakes are applied. Mini Cooper Convertible surely delivers a dynamic performance, but it also doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its braking and handling options. The car surely acts like your bodyguard and has variety of sensors that could recognize dangers before they actually happen. Therefore, it gives quite a good amount of time to react. The new Mini Cooper Convertible comes with intelligent braking and suspension systems. The four wheels are secured by disc brakes that assist the optimum braking behavior. The presence of ABS (Anti Lock Braking System along with CBC (Cornering Brake Control) and EBD (Electronic brake force Distribution) further enhances the braking system of the car. the EBD basically balances the braking force between the rear and front axle. the brake assist moreover speeds up the entire process and facilitates peak braking pressure thereby reducing the braking distance.
Ed's take: The safety features on the Convertible are airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP.
The new Mini Cooper Convertible comes with ample of safety features, which ensure premium safety of the car as well as of the passengers. These safety features comprise of ABS with EBD, brake assist, 4 airbags accompanied with automatic stability control & traction control averts the front wheels from spinning and thereby ensures the perfect starting situations along with plenty of traction. The car also has dynamic stability control that prevents the unstable driving conditions by overruling engine management and applies braking force to each wheel at the rear or front whenever necessary. The dynamic stability control also comprise of Hill Assist. Seatbelts, brilliant lights, active roll-over bar and rigid chassis body are few more safety features. The rigid chassis body actually means that the rigid collapsible steering column behaves like a security shield thereby providing maximum protection in case of collision or car rolls over.
Mini Cooper Convertible Pros :
Classy looks, powerful engine, safety features
Mini Cooper Convertible Cons :
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