2016 Mini Convertible First Drive: Six On The Floor, Three Under The Hood .:. autoweek.com

Welcome to a ‘That MINI Show!’ review summary, where we point out the ups and downs of one a gazillion (may be slightly exaggerated) auto reviewer’s opinion on a MINI…

Today’s reviewer: Jake Lingeman – Road Test Editor – Autoweek

The Technical

  • Length grows 4.5 inches, width 1.7 inches and height .8 inch.
  • …luggage capacity increase of 25 percent to 7.6 cubic feet
  • …a turbo three banger is the base engine and the one we tested. It makes 134 hp at 4,400 rpm and 162 lb-ft at 1,250 rpm. A six-speed manual is standard fare; a six-speed auto with paddle shifters is optional.

2016 MINI Convertible in Caribbean Aqua

The Good

  • …the three banger is fun under the hood.
  • …hits peak torque at just 1,250 rpm, early enough to spin the tires with the right clutch action, and it never feels slow.
  • ….we didn’t even realize it was a three-cylinder until we investigated the specs.

The Bad

  • The seats are too flat, both on the bottoms and backs, and they won’t hold you from sliding around in aggressive corners…
  • If the top is up, I don’t see any way you could get adults [in the back seat].
  • It won’t blow the doors off any Camaros; it won’t blow the doors off anything…

Overall

2016 MINI Convertible in Blazing Red Red

Lingeman provides a mostly positive review of the 2016 MINI Convertible. He seems generally impressed by the turbocharged three-cylinder, and goes as far as recommending it over the 189 hp four-cylinder with a turbo available in the S model upgrade.

He does point out that the new Convertible does sit in a bit of its own class with many of the nearest competitors costing a bit more. Lingeman also seems to have a bit of a passion for the Mazda Miata, but that’s no surprise. A lot of auto reviewers mix up “Miata” and “MINI”. Must be the similar spelling???

Read Lingeman’s full review, at autoweek.com where you can also find way more images of the 2016 MINI Convertible than any auto review should need, or head over to ‘Neutral‘ where we keep all the reviews.

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Mike Bober has been involved in many aspects of the MINI Community, including working with multiple national series racing teams. He currently owns his first MINI, an R53 "Ramsey", a R60 Countryman "Lauda", and a F56 "Stanton". Previously owned was an R59 Roadster "Winnie". -- Along with many other major MINI events, Mike recently completed his second coast-to-coast MINI Takes The States event.

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