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Mini JCW Cabrio versus Roadster: Open-Air-Minis in comparison test

Mini JCW Cabrio versus Roadster
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K lein is in: Those who can afford to do without space often look a class lower than before when buying a car. Which should have less to do with lived modesty than monetary constraints and the steadily shrinking parking space in major German cities.

Mini JCW as convertible and roadster

Those familiar with the scene will now raise their eyebrows. Mini and monetary constraints? At first glance, it seems difficult to go together. After all, 32,750 (JCW Cabrio) and 31,900 euros base price (JCW Roadster) are by no means a sticky stick for a small car - electric vario roof and 211 horses under the front hood, which is marked by a large nostril. Youngsters - and the smart front-wheel drive car with the innocent-looking googly eyes seems superficially tailored to the body - must first be able to afford such an investment.

On the other hand, around 150 euros per hp in the sports car scene is almost as Bargain through. It is not without reason that the sport auto rating rewards this reluctance with nine out of ten points in the price-performance ratio category. And since the German-Briton, with a length of 3.76 meters, is in fact quite compact and is exemplary classless and ageless, the fact that the basic price is usually not enough in view of the multitude of beautifying and of course additional extras, actually not a problem either. In full regalia, including leather-covered seats, sound system and navigation system, both test vehicles cost over 40,000 euros.

So it's no wonder that mini-drivers, on closer inspection, often turn out to be less young than the smart looks of their automobile partner suggests. But that is exactly what makes this dwarf car so charming and explains why the BMW Group strives to have the right lid for every pot. Two- and four-seater, fixed or variable roof, the Clubman wannabe station wagon, a burly four-door model named Countryman, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, diesel and gasoline engines. Mini implements the earlier Toyota advertising slogan “nothing is impossible” even more admirably than its inventor.

Therefore the double fresh air Lottchen

Those who want performance, but goand have to reckon with the transport of more than one additional person - namely children traveling with you - you can use the four-seater Mini JCW convertible. Golfers or self-confessed singles can use the two-seat Roadster possibly better served. In any case, the electrically operated convertible top has to be unlocked manually for a surcharge before the wind is allowed to dig a bit more violently in the hair than with the convertible with a higher, steeper windshield with a fully electric vario roof. On the other hand, the space in the rear luggage compartment is comparatively generous.

The convertible trunk, which can be loaded like a letter slot through a flap that opens downwards, does not really deserve its name. Even larger purchases can pose problems for mini convertible owners and lead to the two rear seats being misused. If only because these can be loaded much more smoothly when the top is open: pick up, drop, good. The need for threading in the back of the luggage compartment is therefore no longer necessary. With the side windows raised and the wind deflector installed, the four-seater's cockpit is a comparatively protected refuge. If you only want to see a little and not all around the sky, the soft top can also be misused as a large sunroof, but then you get a lot on your ears at higher speeds.

Speaking of ears: those are also in the Mini JCW Roadster and yourself Weary with the roof closed. However, only when the driver is inspired by the temperament of the two-seater, which scoops a little closer over the asphalt with a height of 1.39 meters, and drives the little whirlwind on the motorway to the extreme. 230 things are superficially no problem (the radio can be turned up) and, considering the mostly much larger opponents in the left lane, are even a lot of fun. After longer journeys, the fun has to be paid for with hanging ears in the evening. It's nice when there is finally silence again.

Open Works minis are sporty

On board the two strong JCW minis, the absence of quiet understatement is generally seen as a special virtue . The two dwarfs, equipped with race tires and dark, 17-inch wheels, do not only show their athletic demands visually. They also express themselves quite blatantly acoustically. How powerfully sonorous such a 1.6-liter turbo engine can sound. Especially when the sport button is pressed, the not at all tender little voice of the four-cylinder engine, which is as powerful as it is powerful, tempts you to play with the accelerator pedal.

That it is rewarded in extreme cases with quite respectable acceleration values ​​in the test,shows the sprint on the measuring line. Both minis are from standstill to 100 within 7.1 seconds. 180 km /h are two tenths of a second earlier in the roadster than in the convertible, which is probably due to the slightly lower wind resistance of the two-seater. This is also the reason for the top speed of 237 km /h, which the factory puts at two km /h more. The convertible is expected to go up to 235 km /h.

Clear difference on the racetrack

It is more clear The two-seater, which is exactly 22 kilograms lighter at 1,255 to 1,277 kilograms, has the lead in the handling disciplines. The newcomer rushes through the 180-meter-long slalom course with an average speed of 68.7 km /h, almost an hour faster than the mini convertible, which has been available for a longer period of time. On the short course in Hockenheim, the open two-seater takes six tenths of a second off. A head start that cannot be justified with the marginal weight advantage alone, but with the overall more agile handling of the roadster.

Where the convertible gives the safe, honest man who always tries to escape via the driven front wheels the two-seater a lot more lively. When changing direction in quick succession, the rear of the roadster, equipped with an automatically extending spoiler, swings slightly even under load. The turning behavior is more direct.

On the small course, the driving behavior of the two entry-level athletes can be described as follows. While the Mini JCW Roadster only begins to push under load when accelerating out, the powerful convertible takes the understeer into the curve with it. So there can be no question of courage: The mini makers simply knew why two open JCW models were needed.


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