Mini’s sub-£19k basic price for this entry-level Cooper is something of a red herring, in as much as any dealer will tell you that the majority of owners treat the £3200 Chili pack as the departure point for their order, and to buy a car without either that or with the cheaper Pepper pack is to risk costing yourself at resale time.
Our friends at CAP disagree. According to their forecasts, neither Mini’s Chili, Pepper, Tech or Media XL packs will lift the expected value of a three-year-old, 36,000-mile Cooper above 47%.
We’d imagine the pecuniary influence of Mini’s fixed-price extended warranty and servicing packs is less questionable, but even so, if you’re buying, don’t be afraid to fill in the order form exactly as you prefer.
Mini’s standard kit is far from mean, giving you DAB, a reversing camera and cruise control at no extra cost. If you are disciplined with the options, then, this car needn’t turn into an expensive buy.
If you do want to dress up your car to a rare old specification, Mini allows you greater opportunity than almost any other car maker.
The standard paint palette runs to 13 colours, with graphics and contrasting body parts on request, and there are five different leather colours for the seats. Mini will even weave a Union Flag into your cloth-top roof – if you really want one.
But we would suggest opting for automatic gearbox (£1250), in the process avoiding the wonky manual ‘box. Add to that the wind deflector (£235), media pack (£1400) and heated seats (£215) too and you will have a well-heeled Mini Convertible.