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2013 MINI Roadster

$9,738 — $20,050 USED
Convertible
2 Seats
29-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Turbo acceleration (S)
  • Coupe's unique styling
  • Handling
  • Gas mileage

The Bad

  • Interior space
  • Gauge legibility
  • Control ergonomics
  • Quality of some materials
2013 MINI Roadster exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 MINI Roadster
  • Newly standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Seats two
  • Openometer tracks top-down time (Roadster)
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • S and John Cooper Works performance models

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Mini Coupe and Roadster are sport-oriented offshoots of the regular Hardtop that have room for two people. The Coupe has a unique helmet-style roof design, and both body styles are available in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there's no car quite like a Mini, competitors include the Volkswagen GTI, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Scion FR-S.

(Skip to details on the:John Cooper Works)
New for 2013
Bluetooth connectivity is now standard while the previously standard satellite radio feature is now optional.

Exterior
Compared to the Mini Hardtop, the Coupe's most noticeable styling difference is its unique helmet-style roof, which eliminates the Hardtop's traditional hatchback appearance. A deployable rear spoiler extends automatically at speeds above 50 mph, and the sloping rear window makes for a forward-swept liftgate.

The Roadster, meanwhile, has a manual-folding soft-top with a glass rear window. Adding to the Roadster's sporty attitude are chrome roll bars behind the front seats. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Folding power side mirrors
  • Hood scoop (S models)
  • Optional heated mirrors, washer jets
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional fog lamps

Interior
The two-seat interior features a center-mounted speedometer in a console that also incorporates the stereo and optional navigation system. The navigation s...

Vehicle Overview

The Mini Coupe and Roadster are sport-oriented offshoots of the regular Hardtop that have room for two people. The Coupe has a unique helmet-style roof design, and both body styles are available in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there's no car quite like a Mini, competitors include the Volkswagen GTI, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Scion FR-S.

(Skip to details on the:John Cooper Works)
New for 2013
Bluetooth connectivity is now standard while the previously standard satellite radio feature is now optional.

Exterior
Compared to the Mini Hardtop, the Coupe's most noticeable styling difference is its unique helmet-style roof, which eliminates the Hardtop's traditional hatchback appearance. A deployable rear spoiler extends automatically at speeds above 50 mph, and the sloping rear window makes for a forward-swept liftgate.

The Roadster, meanwhile, has a manual-folding soft-top with a glass rear window. Adding to the Roadster's sporty attitude are chrome roll bars behind the front seats. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Folding power side mirrors
  • Hood scoop (S models)
  • Optional heated mirrors, washer jets
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional fog lamps

Interior
The two-seat interior features a center-mounted speedometer in a console that also incorporates the stereo and optional navigation system. The navigation system can update maps through a USB port in the glove box. Cargo room behind the seats is nearly the same for the Coupe and Roadster, with 9.8 and 8.5 cubic feet, respectively. The Roadster's Openometer tracks how much time you've driven with the top down. Interior features include:

  • Cloth, simulated leather or leather upholstery in multiple colors
  • Standard air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box; optional automatic air conditioning
  • Standard multifunction steering wheel with audio and speed controls
  • Optional Recaro sport seats
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional Mini Connected system with a 6.5-inch screen, USB/iPod port, smartphone connectivity and voice recognition
  • Optional Harman Kardon premium stereo

Under the Hood
A 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine powers the base model and a turbocharged version with 181 hp powers the S. Both engines require premium gas. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed manual transmission; optional six-speed automatic
  • Performance-oriented suspension
  • Optional electronically locking differential

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Optional rear parking sensors

John Cooper Works
A John Cooper Works version of both the Coupe and Roadster is offered. 

John Cooper Works models are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 208 hp and 192 pounds-feet of torque. (The engine, according to Mini, can briefly raise boost-pressure when accelerating to achieve 207 pounds-feet of torque.) With the standard six-speed manual transmission, Mini says the John Cooper Works Coupe can hit 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.

Besides the performance upgrades under the hood, these hot-rod Minis also feature unique 17-inch alloy wheels, high-performance brakes and a different exhaust system. As with other Minis, the automaker offers a number of ways to personalize John Cooper Works cars. There are also John Cooper Works dealer accessories, such as a sport suspension. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

So fun to drive

by JDCO from Centennial,CO on June 6, 2018

This was a ton of fun to drive, and had plenty of headroom even without the top down (I'm 6'2"). Sporty, eager to sprint, the turbo on this little gem goosed it into traffic without a hitch. Nothing ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fun second car to own

by Tricia from Kasilof, AK on April 28, 2018

This car is a convertible manual sport and super fun to drive. We wanted a summer car to travel up and down the east coast. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 MINI Roadster currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 MINI Roadster Cooper

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
marginal
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by MINI

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile MINI new-car limited warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Yes

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Roadster received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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