MINI Convertible (2004–2008)

Model History

February 2004

The most desired first generation MINI, code name R52. German developed convertible based on MINI One and MINI Cooper in UK from Spring 2004. Launched 2004 Geneva Motor Show. BMW had worked long and hard to get this car right and it looks gorgeous. Vital fashion accessory and the car to be seen in during Summer 2004. Spec includes remote alarm, ISOFIX child seat fittings, park distance control and rev counter on MINI One convertible

Prices MINI One convertible from £13,325; MINI Cooper convertible from £14,625; £17,595. One does 0-60 in 11.5, top speed 109, combined mpg 39.2, CO2 173g/km; Cooper does 0-60 in 9.5, top speed 120, combined mpg 38.7, CO2 175g/km; Cooper S does 0-60 in 7.1, top speed 134, combined mpg 32.1. Cooper S convertible is very stiff and go-kart like to drive. New engines from 2006.

Michelin has launched a new size of its run-flat Primacy HP ZP (Zero Pressure) tyre which is suitable for fitment to the MINI. The 195/55 R 16 87H size is available with immediate effect and a V rated version will be available in August.

Like the standard Michelin Primacy HP tyre, the Primacy HP ZP offers class-leading longevity along with excellent wet braking and handling performance, combined with the ability to run-flat in the event of a puncture.

Run-flat tyres are normally associated with a trade-off in terms of rolling resistance but in the case of the Primacy HP ZP this has been minimised. The level of rolling resistance offered by this tyre is similar to Michelin’s competitors’ standard non run-flat tyres. To highlight this, the tyre is marked ‘Green X’.

What does a MINI Convertible (2004 – 2008) cost?

List Price from £20,590
Buy new from £16,746
Contract hire from £243.05 per month