Which Mini and which Mazda are we talking about?
This is the Cooper, the boggo Convertible. A Cooper S or JCW just aren’t in the MX-5’s price or power ballpark. That’s fine, though, because right now the most basic Minis are usually the best. It costs £2,850 more than the hard-top, at £18,495, before you get busy with the spec. This one’s got very busy with many options, so it stacks up to a silly £25k.
Since it’s up against pricey opposition, we’ve brought along Mazda’s biggest gun, which in sports-car terms is still a bit of a water pistol. It’s the 2.0-litre MX-5, rocking a standard limited-slip diff, a world-class six-speed manual and 158bhp for the rear tyres to play with. For this, Mazda asks £20,495 from you, in SE-L trim.
Photography: Simon Thompson