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2015 MINI Roadster

$14,775 — $22,983 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) 2 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
2015 MINI Roadster exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 MINI Roadster
  • Seats two
  • Openometer tracks top-down time (Roadster)
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • S and John Cooper Works performance models available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Mini Coupe and Roadster are sport-oriented small cars 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 2015
Automatic climate control is now standard, and LED fog lights are newly available.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Helmet-style roof (Coupe)
  • Manual soft-top with glass rear window (Roadster)
  • Chrome roll bars (Roadster)
  • Deployable rear spoiler
  • 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Hood scoop (S models)

Interior Highlights

  • Seats two
  • Center-mounted speedometer 
  • Openometer tracks how much time you've driven with the top down (Roadster)
  • Simulated leather, cloth or leather upholstery in multiple colors
  • Automatic air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box
  • Multifunction steering wheel with audio and speed controls
  • Available Recaro sport seats
  • Available heated seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Mini Connected system with a 6.5-inch screen, USB/iPod port, smartphone connectivity and voice recognition
  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo

Under the Hood

  • 121-horsepower, 1.6-l...
Vehicle Overview

The Mini Coupe and Roadster are sport-oriented small cars 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 2015
Automatic climate control is now standard, and LED fog lights are newly available.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Helmet-style roof (Coupe)
  • Manual soft-top with glass rear window (Roadster)
  • Chrome roll bars (Roadster)
  • Deployable rear spoiler
  • 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Hood scoop (S models)

Interior Highlights

  • Seats two
  • Center-mounted speedometer 
  • Openometer tracks how much time you've driven with the top down (Roadster)
  • Simulated leather, cloth or leather upholstery in multiple colors
  • Automatic air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box
  • Multifunction steering wheel with audio and speed controls
  • Available Recaro sport seats
  • Available heated seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Mini Connected system with a 6.5-inch screen, USB/iPod port, smartphone connectivity and voice recognition
  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo

Under the Hood

  • 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 181-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (S)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual transmission; available six-speed automatic
  • Performance-oriented suspension
  • Available electronically locking differential

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Available 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 boost pressure when accelerating to achieve 207 pounds-feet of torque.)

What's Special

  • With the six-speed manual transmission, Mini says the John Cooper Works Coupe can hit 60 mph in 6.1 seconds
  • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
  • High-performance brakes
  • Sport exhaust system

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

MINI S ROADSTER

by andyk from new england on April 14, 2016

2nd one i've had . . . great cars. first one (2012) had 110k, & bought same model. highly recommend. Read full review

(5.0)

best car

by cars on March 27, 2015

great safe car , awesome to drive around with and a very fuel efficeint car that can travel a great ways. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 MINI Roadster currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 MINI Roadster has not been tested.

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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker