2013 MINI Roadster

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$25,550

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2013 MINI Roadster

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

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

3 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2013 MINI Roadster trim comparison will help you decide.

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 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

One of the most fun cars for the money!

My 2013 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works Roadster is absolutely a blast. The JCW package includes more power and better brakes and suspension for fun back roads blasting and autocross use. It's a little harsh for daily driving, however, as the JCW suspension is a little lower and stiffer. I also have ultra high performance run flats on it, as there's no room for a spare, and I don't want to wait around for a tow if I get a nail or something in a tire. When new, this was a $45k car, and a bit expensive for a MINI. But on the used market, they are a real performance and economy value. They do have a reputation for worse reliability than normal cars, but if you find a well taken care of example, the N18 powered JCW and S roadsters are actually quite robust. I hope to have this car for many fun filled years to come, and would recommend people looking at sports cars give them a chance.

4.3

VERY FUN

is a great fun car, nice size trunk for a convertible. I have enough headroom but does have some blind spots and the I have to scrunch down to see out window at stop lights

5.0

Mini Roadster Like No Other!

For a two seater, this car is AWESOME! There is plenty of leg and head room and a large trunk! Since there's no back seat, there is a small ledge for bags, etc. and a pass through compartment to the trunk. The soft top convertible adds a special touch. The sound system rocks and is totally sufficient even with the top down.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by MINI
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Maintenance
36 months/36,000 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
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