Customization and personalization have been hallmarks of the MINI lineup since the brand was brought back from the dead several years ago, and for MINI 2009 is more of the same (in a very good way).
Automotive experts surveyed by TheCarConnection.com are invariably impressed by the sheer number of customization options available for the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible. While the list of available extras is extensive, the standard features on the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible lineup are exciting in their own right. Cars.com reports that the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible comes with "standard power windows and locks, plus keyless entry," along with "standard air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box." An aux-input jack for the stereo system comes standard as well, and ConsumerGuide declares that the MINI Cooper S Convertible just brims with "character." One character-enhancing standard feature on the MINI 2009 Convertible lineup is the Openometer, which Cars.com says "tracks how much time you've driven with the top down."
Aside from the standard features, options abound on the MINI Cooper S Convertible and the rest of MINI's drop tops. Motor Trend says "a plethora of accessories and packages are available" to MINI owners, all of which are "designed to let personalization run wild." One essential feature for cold-weather driving is the pair of seat heaters, which Edmunds considers "industrial-strength," and "when used with the car's conventional heater, we hear they're capable of transforming a winter day in Austria into a spring day on Spain's Costa del Sol."
Other options include "at least a dozen standard interior/exterior color combinations," according to Automobile Magazine, as well as a premium 10-speaker stereo, a navigation system, and a USB iPod interface. The only problem with the options is that they can quickly escalate the price of the already-expensive 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible lineup.