When we first drove the Mini Roadster barely a month ago, we couldn't help but feel that it had, essentially, usurped the place that had until now been taken by the Mini Convertible. The Roadster is, after all, sleeker, more stylish, that much more fun and – for some reason – even a little cheaper ($600 lower MSRP) than the four-seat cabriolet. But does that leave the Convertible without a place in the brand's ever-expanding lineup?

Since both are based on more than just the same platform, the specs are just about identical. That is, except when it comes down to interior space. While the Convertible has a pair of seats in the back – however small, still good for taking the kids for a spin or tossing an extra duffel – the Roadster has none. The Roadster, however, makes up for that with a relatively usable trunk where the Convertible has practically none. The Roadster also weighs 66 pounds less, and has more headroom (up front, of course), though front elbow room takes a three-inch hit.

So with a fresh crop of images released by Mini showing its two droptops side by side, our question is which, if any, you'd choose if you were in the market for a little retro convertible. Cast your vote in the poll below.



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      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      What, no option of keeping Cabrio and eliminating Roadster? Lame poll, Autoblog.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        But that would be a lame choice to axe the good looking version.
        safnj
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        Agreed. Holy fixed poll Batman!
      Andy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini missed the boat by not turning the drivetrain around and putting it behind the driver ala Fiat X 1/9. A mid-engine roadster would be something no FWD car can be, a real sports car. Call it the Mini-Cooper Sprite!
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andy
        You DO realize this is a nostalgia, heritage thing, yes? A rear-engined, RWD car is not a mini.
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I thought the roadster was taking the place of the cabriolet... Had no idea they were going to keep both when they're so similar. I guess it doesn't hurt to have both (I agree with "The more Minis in the world, the better"!), but I'd personally opt for the Roadster. Rear seats are practically pointless on a drop-top that small, and it's nice to have a little more trunk space.
      ToucanSam
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it doesn't cost them much more the keep both alive then keep both. Two friends of mine have Minis and they both got theirs made to order. It's like fast food, they won't make it until you order it -- the ones on the lot are rarely have the combination of options that people want. As long as the sourced parts are more or less the same, keep offering both.
      af_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Each model gives the buyer a certain experience, so you may as well keep them both. The more Minis in the world, the better.
      MocMyLov
      • 2 Years Ago
      I say axe the cabrio and the coupe, and keep the classic hardtop, and the roadster.
      Svartorn
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm in the market for a classic Mini, but not the new pieces of garbage.
      TheStagg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would stick with the roadster because it's way more sleek. Who would sit at the back of the cabrio anyways? It feels like half my body is in solitary confinement.
      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not in the market for either but that roadster looks great while the ca-brio, not so much...
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      And another Mini article.
        David G.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        On Autoblog nonetheless. How dare they write web logs on automobiles. It's just preposterous!
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        More the merrier.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep both.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      The roadster is a fantastic little car, and looks quite a bit sleeker and more refined that its "bigger" brother. Really who uses the backseat in a mini anyways?
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