2010 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible

Jeffrey Jablansky Matt Tierney
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Matt Tierney

Lots of fun, lots of cheekiness, lots of style here; also lots of money. No, thanks, to the John Cooper Works package in the Mini convertible; as Zenlea says, get the Cooper S convertible, choose your options wisely, and keep the price below $30,000.

That's not to say that our loaded and expensive test car wasn't appealing. With its fuchsia paint job, blacked-out wheels, and $204 checkered-flag decals on the rearview mirror exterior housings, this thing got noticed on the streets of Ann Arbor. Like Jablansky, I was bothered by the poor rear visibility, but one learns to compensate. What really impressed me was how quickly the fully automatic top goes down and back up: less than 20 seconds, I believe. And the way you can first retract the front part of the roof, then decide whether you want the entire roof to go down, is brilliant.

Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

mo_pho
The face of straight-up robbery never looked so cute.
dbock1
Great...$36k, and it's a stripper. But it did start as an $18k car, so that's cool. Put a few options on it and you're near...a BOXSTER!!!! Mini should have made only one for Paris and her dog.

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