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What Car? Reviews The 2012 MINI Highgate Convertible

What Car? reviews the 2012 MINI Highgate Convertible special edition and finds the inside "special":
What’s the 2012 Mini Highgate like inside?
Pretty special. The Highgate comes with unique ‘Dark Truffle’ leather seats with blue piping, brushed aluminium trim and leather inserts.

It’s easy to find a comfortable driving position, too, because the pedals are well positioned and there’s plenty of seat- and steering wheel adjustment. However, reversing can be tricky with the roof up because large rear-quarter pillars obstruct your view.

With the roof in place, occupants have a surprising amount of headroom, but rear legroom is restricted and you won’t get much luggage in the boot.

The Mini Convertible's electrically operated roof opens and closes in 12 seconds.
However, it concludes:
Should I buy one?
The Highgate is ideal for anybody tempted by the individuality of a special edition, but at £4005 more than a standard Cooper Convertible, that exclusivity is not cheap. We’d save some cash and add a Chili Pack to the standard car instead.