Cooper Convertible Overview
First things first, the hard top Mini Cooper is undoubtedly the most fun to drive car in its price range. Secondly, when engineers throw away the roof of a car to make it a convertible, the car loses a lot of its structural rigidity and becomes all flobbery. To counteract this effect, strengthening beams have to be fitted to give the car some of its rigidity back but this adds weight and, in a lot of cases, kills the driving experience. Put all this together and you would expect the Mini Cooper Convertible to be nowhere near as good as its hard top sibling. But you would be totally wrong. The soft top Cooper is surprisingly almost identical to the hard top to drive.