• (5.0) 2 reviews
  • Available Prices: $9,927–$20,979
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 121-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • Seats: 2
2013 MINI Roadster

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 MINI Roadster

What We Don't Like

  • Interior space
  • Gauge legibility
  • Control ergonomics
  • Quality of some materials

Notable Features

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

2013 MINI Roadster Reviews

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.

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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

(5.0)

Average based on 2 reviews

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Sporty unique fun and reliable!

by Krnlsanders01 from Nashville, TN on October 9, 2017

This limited production MINI is the ultimate 2 seater convertible coupe on the road. Extremely eye catching and fun to drive. The top goes down so fast and looks so good on the road. Great interior... Read Full Review

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3 Trims Available

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Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2013 MINI Roadster trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2013 MINI Roadster Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on MINI Roadster Cooper

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
A
Side
A

IIHS Ratings

Based on MINI Roadster Cooper

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
A

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
A
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
M
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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