A few days ago I had the opportunity to drive a 2012 Mini Cooper S Convertible, and not just drive, thanks Japanese parking and car sharing giant Times Co. Ltd I could have for a good 3 hours.
Mini Cooper S Convertible is available from Mini Japan starting at 3558000 yen. Highrade package is extra 300000 yen.
There are also enough options to make it more expensive than a sports trim 370z. What did I say about rivaling local premium cars?
Cost of Ownership:
This compact car has a 1.6 engine with decent fuel economy, which puts it in a tax bracket as low as... well, a Subaru WRX Sti, or Mitsubishi Evo X. Which are also priced at about the same level. The Mini does however have exceptional fuel economy and maintenance should be at a lower cost.
It's not made to be practical and it's not trying to be, however every cubic centimeter of space is utilized efficiently making the cabin feel spacious and useful.
For its class it has one of the best interior trims I have ever seen. Ride quality is firm but excellent leather seats provide that extra cushion. Optional elbow rest is a must and I would have give it a 5 if this car was equipped with one.
It's a Mini, which doesn't really say much about the owner. I personally do not favor this look, but it makes every effort to be stylish and modern while maintaining the classic look.
It's a fun city convertible and it does do a great job being that.