Mini Roadster

4/5
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Verdict

MINI has been in the hearts of people since it was first released in 1959. The brand was taken over in 2001 by BMW, and even though they changed the look of this machine, they managed to do it in a very clever way and they maintained the same type of following as before. Here we look at the MINI 3-door and 5-door Hatch. It is also available as a convertible, a roadster and a coupe.

Performance

The MINI Hatch comes with a selection of 3 and 4-cylinder engines. The 1.5 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine gives 136 bhp and will get you from 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds. The 1.5 litre Cooper D gives 116 hp and will cover the same distance in 8.2 seconds. If you want a bit more poke, you can opt for the 4-cylinder, 2 litre, Cooper S (192 hp) petrol which gives 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds or the diesel Cooper SD (170 hp) which covers the same distance in 7.2 seconds. The 3-cylinder MINI One offers 102 hp and will get you from 0-100km/h in 10.2 seconds.

Ride & Handling

Driving a MINI really makes you feel at one with the road. You are low down and you get to enjoy the well-weighted steering around every bend. It is a fun drive. Surprisingly (at first), the automatic gearbox is exceptional. This front wheel drive car has optional adaptive dampers which make the ride even better. The standard suspension is good, but bumps can be a bit shaky.

Refinement

Since BMW took the helm of MINI the car has been ever-improving in terms of refinement. The JCW version is exactly as loud as you'd want it to be. The rest of the models are muted enough. There is a bit of wind noise that slips in, which can get loud at higher speeds.

Quality & Reliability

This is certainly a comfortable machine if you are sitting up front. Leg room to the rear is not amazing, but two adults will get in there. The materials inside the car are of typical BMW standard. I like the retro-futuristic dash/centre console. There are some clever apps that can be used to get internet radio too.

Safety & Security

MINI achieved 4-stars in the Euro NCAP in 2014 for the Hatch. It scored 79% for adult safety, 73% for child occupancy and 66% for pedestrian safety. Its safety assist systems scored 56%.

Space & Practicality

The MINI Hatch is not the most practical car in the world - nor is it designed to be. It's a great car to drive around town in and it'll even bring you across the country in comfort - however, pack light because it only has a boot space of 211 litres.

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Key Facts

New Price
€30,701
Make

Mini

Model
Mini Roadster
Variant
MINI Cooper Roadster
First year of model production
2011
Engine (L)
1.6
Transmission
Automatic
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Convertible

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
Average Cost Per 200km
€12.46
Cost of filling a tank
€65.7
Average L/100km
4.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1055
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
154
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
122
Top Speed
192 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
10.5
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
160

Space & Practicality

Doors
2
Seats
2
Boot capacity (L)
241
Kerb weight
1160
Tyre Size Front
175/65 R15 84H
Tyre Size Back
175/65 R15 84H
Wheel Base
2467

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Warranty Mileage
No distance limit
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Roadster trades the MINI Convertible’s back seats for a good-sized boot and an even sharper driving experience.
Top Gear
A somewhat oddly-conceived Mini that's fun but too similar to the Mini Convertible it's based on.
What Car
If you’re after a desirable and affordable drop-top, and don’t need more than two seats, the Mini Roadster should be on your list.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
241 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
175/65 R15 84H mm
Tyre size back
175/65 R15 84H mm
Rim size
5.5J × 15 mm
Length
3728 mm
Width
1683 mm
Height
1384 mm
Wheel Base
2467 mm
Front Track (mm)
1384 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1467 mm
Kerb weight
1160 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1450 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.7 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
122 bhp