2015 MINI Roadster

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$26,100

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2015 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 2015 MINI Roadster trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2015 MINI Roadster review: Our expert's take

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.

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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

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

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

My favorite car ever!

My 4th Mini and the best one to get if you can find one. Large interior for two, large trunk, excellent storage platform behind seats. The best features are a stylish well designed interior and exterior, outstanding handling and low fuel consumption. I have had over 20 high quality cars and over 40 motorcycles, the Mini Roadster is my favorite! Get one in excellent condition, you will not regret it!

4.7

Fun toy car

Surprisingly roomy inside and roadster version has a decent size trunk. Great gas mileage and performance. I wish it was easier to put a trailer hitch on it. mini has lots of options so finding the exact replacement parts requires a bit of research but plenty of parts available. Plus plenty of room left in the garage.

5.0

The MINI Roadster is Awesome

This car is the best drop top I have ever owned. The handling and performance is wonderful. If I had more room at the house I would look for a second one.

See all 8 consumer reviews

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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