2015 Mini Cooper Cabrio | new car review

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 by
2015 Mini Cooper Cabrio
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AEDAED 140,000 - 165,000
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  • 2015 Cooper Cabrio
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

The is, in essence, nothing more than the MINI Cooper with a soft top. Does it have to be a different model altogether? I really don’t think so.

Pros

Interior design and quality.

Cons

There aren't enough differentiating factors between the Cabrio and the standard hatchback to really classify it as a separate model.

Looks

Identical to its tin top sibling, the MINI Cooper Cabrio flaunts protruding wheel arches, a chrome ring around the headlamps and 15 inch alloys. Of course, all of this is before you enter MINI Cooper S territory, which springs up a honeycomb grille, a hood scoop and a beefier engine below it.

2015 MINI Cooper Cabrio top

Feels

Sticking to the tried and tested path, the interior of the 2015 MINI Cooper Cabrio is a delight for anyone who cannot get enough of circles. In addition to the steering wheel, the A/C vents, door handles, speakers and the infotainment system are all housed into rings. Being a MINI, there’s nothing quite safe about the styling and surprisingly, it all seems to work.

2015 MINI Cooper Cabrio interior

Engineering

One of the biggest fears of convertible owners, is the fear of flipping over in an unfortunate accident. Thankfully, the MINI Cooper Cabrio is equipped with an active roll-over bar that is made from ultra-sturdy aluminium and is normally tucked away behind the head rests. However, should the Cabrio sense a roll-over, the concealed bar springs into action in a matter of just 150 milliseconds!

2015 MINI Cooper Cabrio interior

What’s on offer?

Packing in slightly weaker engines than its hard-top sibling, the standard Cabrio is good for 121 horsepower and 160 Nm of torque. However, if you’re looking for something punchier, then it’s probably the Cabrio S that will appeal to you with 181 horsepower, 240 Nm of torque, and a 0 – 100 km/h time of 7.2 seconds.

2015 MINI Cooper Cabrio front

Summing it…

There are as many differences between the Mini Cooper Cabrio and the Mini Cooper 3-Door as there are between standard HB pencils from different pencil manufacturers. Sure, its got a weaker engine and a roof that folds back, but the styling, equipment and even the price are nearly identical! At the end of the day, keeping the Cabrio a completely separate model is in the nicest of words, ridiculous.

2015 MINI Cooper Cabrio rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 MINI Cooper Cabrio2015 MINI Cooper Cabrio S
Engine/ Cylinders1.6 litre / 4-cyl1.6 litre turbohcarged / 4-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
121 hp @ 6,000 RPM181 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
160 Nm @ 4,250 RPM240 Nm @ 5,000 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.2 secs7.2 secs
Top speed192 km/h220 km/h
PriceAED 140,000AED 165,000

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