Should I buy one?
The Mini John Cooper Works Convertible is a very likeable car and provides a more affecting roof-down character than the hatch. However, the JCW hatchback's superior handling dynamism should still draw those most interested in buying a pure driving machine.
Compared to its nearest rivals, the Abarth 595C and the DS 3 Performance Cabriolet, the JCW may be far more expensive but remains a better car to drive and is a proper convertible.
The biggest conundrum for this JCW Convertible is that the Mini Cooper S Convertible ticks many of the required boxes without such a hefty price tag, or sounding quite as purposeful at full chat. However, it accelerates, stops, turns and goes about its business as a convertible in a similar manner, and while the JCW badge will attract numerous buyers, those with one eye on their budget will probably find the Cooper S an equally compelling buy.
Mini John Cooper Works Convertible manual
Where Cowley, Oxfordshire; On sale Now; Price £26,630; Engine 4 cyls, 1998cc, turbocharged, petrol; Power 228bhp at 5200-6000rpm; Torque 236lb ft at 1250-4800rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerbweight 1385kg; Top speed 150mph; 0-62mph 6.6sec; Fuel economy 43.5mpg; CO2 rating & BIK tax band 152g/km, 27%