The new Mini Convertible has been named as the UK
With its unique suspension system, legendary go-cart handling and retro appeal though the new comers have a lot of ground to make up.
Since its launch in 2001 the new Mini has re-established itself as one the country's favourite cars, so much so that the remodelled motoring icon has even produced more new car sales than its manufacturer expected.
However it is starting to face an increasing amount of competition in the supermini market, and the Auto Express award should give it a boost against its main rivals.
Cheap new cars from Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota are about to take to Britain's showrooms in the shape of the new Citroen C1, the Toyota Aygo and the Peugeot 107. All of which are aimed at the same youthful market as the new Mini.