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Mini Roadster and Coupe: Buying guide and review (2011-2015)

Mini Roadster and Coupe: Buying guide and review (2011-2015) Classic and Performance Car
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Following on from the huge success of the new-generation Mini in 2001, BMW decided to grow the range following the launch of the second-gen R56 Mini. Along with the Clubman, Countryman and Paceman – the company launched the Coupe and Roadster. 
 
Marketed for a short four-year period, these cars attempted to fill a niche that perhaps did not need filling. Offered with a wide range of engine and transmission options as well as a comprehensive specification list, they were cracking little weekend cars. A hot JCW version added some serious poke too.
 
Their relatively lacklustre sales performance may have made them commercially unsuccessful when new, but quirkiness and rarity are desirable traits in the used car market.
 

Which one to buy?

 
The Mini Coupe arrived in 2011 sporting the usual range 1.6-litre engines in either 121bhp naturally aspirated or 181bhp turbocharged form. There was also a 143bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission could be specified, with exception to the 208bhp John Cooper Works (JCW) which was manual only until the 2013 model year. 
 
The backward wearing baseball cap styling of the Coupe might have not been universally loved, while the two-seater configuration made it less practical than the already ‘cosy’ three-door. It was perhaps the high price that really turned buyers off.
 
The Roadster followed in 2012. Mechanically unchanged, it offered a partially automatic retracting roof, with a manual catch that needed unclipping first. It found itself in a tough position, competing with more traditional roadsters including the four-seat Mini Convertible, as well as small hatchbacks that traded style for practicality and a lower price tag. 
 
The Roadster and Coupe models aspirational status meant they were a bit spartan in standard trim, but most were specified with desirable options, such as leather seats and interesting colour schemes. The Chili Pack is perhaps the most desirable, featuring an on-board computer, larger alloys and the Media packs. Sat Nav and smartphone connectivity are worth looking out for.
 
The Coupe is best experienced in either the Cooper S or JCW flavours. Its taut chassis and darty handling is certainly better suited to the extra power of the turbocharged engines. The JCW in particular is a little rocketship, with a 0-60 time approaching 6 seconds. If you have to have a diesel version, it is also best experienced in the Coupe. The Roadster is as enjoyable in base 1.6-litre trim as it is in more powerful variants, and if cruising is to be its main task then the automatic gearbox is a perfect. Standard wheels can help tame the bouncy ride, but larger wheels always look better. 
 

Performance and specs

 
Engine 1598cc, 16 valve DOHC in-line four-cylinder 
Power 208bhp @ 6000rpm 
Torque 207lb ft @ 2000-5300rpm
Top speed 149mph 
0-62mph 6.4 seconds 
Fuel consumption 39.8mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2467mm
Length 3734mm
Width 1683mm
Height 1384mm
Weight 1240kg
 

Common problems


• Being relatively new, no recurring faults have been documented by owners just yet. Most owners mention the hard ride and sometimes creaky interior trim but these are generally par for the course with small sports cars.
 
• As the running gear is shared with the mass produced Mini variants, there should not be the usual concerns that go with niche products.
 
• Watch out for abused examples as Turbo failures can occur as well as premature wear on clutches, brakes and tyres.
 
• New Minis could be optioned with a Mini TLC (five year 50,000mile) or Mini TLC XL (eight year 80,000mile) service package. Cars older than three-years and not covered by these packages can still be serviced for reasonable rates under the Mini service plan at a dealer.
 
• Other than some bespoke body panels the Coupe and Roadster share their running gear and trim with other second generation Minis, so servicing and parts availability is not an issue.
 
• A recall was issued for all JCW models regarding a potential fire hazard from the secondary water pump for the turbocharger. This affected all cars built during 2011. It may be worth checking to see if your potential purchase was one of the ones affected.
 
• The Roadster’s roof is well made and keeps the elements out but it can get noisy on the motorway and when the rain is pelting down.
 

Model history

 
2011: Mini Coupe launched in UK. Available in either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic form (except the JCW). Engine range from naturally-aspirated 121bhp 1.6 up to 208bhp turbocharged JCW-spec, as well as a 2.0 BMW diesel unit.
2012: Mini Roadster launched. Engine and transmission options mirrored those of the Coupe.
2015: Production of both Coupe and Roadster models ends with no direct replacement planned
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.mini2.com – Mini enthusiast site and forum
• www.britishminiclub.co.uk – UK Mini club focusing on older models but open to all variants
• www.mini.co.uk – Official Mini website
 

Summary and prices

 
The majority of cars available in the UK are petrol powered Coupes; Roadsters are rarer and also predominantly found with petrol engines. Manual gearboxes are also by far the most common, hinting at the sporty nature of these cars. The 121bhp 1.6 Coupes start at £6000, rising to £17,000 for the last of the low-mileage JCW models. 
 
Condition is generally very good, with mileages usually on the low side, so you can afford to be picky. Roadsters are less numerous and start at £7000, run-out models are similar money to the Coupes. 
 
For a feisty little two-seater that offers a range of engine and spec levels to suit most tastes the Mini Coupe/Roadster duo are hard to beat. Their relative rarity is sure to make them desirable modern classics in the years to come too.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 15th Feb 2017
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  • MINI Roadster

    £12,000 £12,000

    Variant name:R59 ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: Cooper S Roadster

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 38484 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £12,000 £12,000
    Elms-Bedford MINI
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  • MINI Roadster

    £9,997 £9,997

    Variant name:COOPER ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: 1.6 Cooper Mini Roadster 1.6 Cooper finished in pepper white metallic with carbon black cloth interior Specification includes Driver/Passenger Seat Height Adjustment, Trip Computer, 6 speed manual gearbox, Power-Assisted Steering, Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Rear Parking Aid, Radio/CD/MP3, Six Speakers, Rear Spoiler, Heated Washer Jets, Load Anchorage Points, Electric/Heated Door Mirrors, Body Coloured Bumpers, Air Conditioning, Front Electric Windows, Front Head Restraints, Heated Rear Screen, Steering Wheel Leather, Cup Holder, Centre Console, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver And Passenger Air Bags, Electronic Stability Programme, Hill Holder, Front Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Front Head Air Bags, Alarm, Remote Central Door Locking, Immobiliser, 15In Alloy Wheels and Tyre Pressure Control. Drive away them winter blue's with this stunning Mini Convertible. There is nothing better than driving them warm summer days with the roof down. This car also comes equipped with Pepper pack.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 7379 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £9,997 £9,997
  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER 2015

    £8,970 £8,970

    UKI (Sudbury) Limited are pleased to offer this one owner 2015 (15) Mini Roadster Cooper for sale presented in Chili red. This Roadster is in excellent condition throughout, it is a one lady owner from new and comes with full Mini service history.;;There is a great specification on this Mini Roadster which consists of - Chili pack, Half leather/Cloth upholstery, Chili red, 3 Spoke sports leather steering wheel, Cruise control, Climate control, DAB radio, Bluetooth telephone, Black sports stripes, Rear parking sensors, 16" Alloy wheels in gloss black, Piano black interior trim, Wind deflector, Chrome line interior, Convertible pack, USB/Aux input, Ambient lighting, Automatic lights and wipers.;;All of our vehicles come with the remainder of their manufacturers warranty (where applicable) and are HPI clear, they also come with an M.O.T with no advisories (where applicable) and a standard 3 month warranty with options to upgrade to 2 years, we also have trained valets who are experienced in applying the market leading Williams F1 Ceramic paint protection which we can offer at discounted rates to all of our customers.;

    • Mileage: 57000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
    For sale
    £8,970 £8,970
  • MINI ROADSTER 1.6 Cooper S 13 2013

    £9,950 £9,950

    2013 (13) We are pleased to offer this Stunning Mini Roadster Cooper S. Stunning Colour Combination. First Registered 29/03/2013. MOT until June 2019. Great Service History, 4 services completed on the vehicle with the most recent having been done May 2018.;;Upgrades - Mini, Body Stripes, Interior Trim - Piano Black, Front Fog Lights, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Rain Sensor and Automatic Headlight-on Sensor, Chili Pack S/SD, Standard Features - Air-Conditioning, Alarm, Alloy Wheels (16in), DAB Radio, Electric Windows (Front), Hill Holder, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Parking Aid (Rear), Tyre Pressure Control. 2 seats, Orange.;;2 Keys Included.;Viewing is by appointment.;;Included in the price of this vehicle is a Warranty Wise "Platinum" warranty. This cover is the highest level of cover available anywhere in the UK for vehicles of its age and mileage. It has been designed by Quentin Willson himself and offers a bespoke level of cover specifically designed for your vehicle, and has the following highlights:;- Unlimited Repairs up to the retail value of your car.;- Recoverywise Assistance is administered by The AA;- Free Rental Car in the event it is needed.;- Consequential Damage Covered.;;Warranty Options:;6 Months: Included;12 Months: GBP 79;24 Months: GBP 249;36 Months: GBP 395;;Finance Available

    • Mileage: 30437 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £9,950 £9,950
  • Mini Roadster

    £10,000 £10,000

    17'' Alloys, Full service history FINANCE PACKAGES AVAILABLE AND PART EXCHANGE WELCOME - We offer this Mini Cooper S Roadster in Fantastic Condition throughout and with Full Service History. What a Stunning Colour Scheme and Big Specification! Spec Includes- Chili Pack S/SD, MINI Sport Pack with Chili Pk (S/SD), Full Black Leather Interior, Heated Front Seats, JCW Aerodynamic Kit, DAB Radio, Voice Control, Basic Bluetooth Function with USB Audio, Aux / USB Ports, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Cruise Control, Automatic Air-Conditioning, Alloy Wheels-17in Cross Spoke Challenge, Auto-Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror, On-Board Computer, Rain Sensor and Automatic Headlight-on Sensor, Parking Aid (Rear), Leather Lounge S/SD, Chrome Line Interior, Colour Line - Polar Beige, Interior Trim - Piano Black S/SD, Dynamic Traction Control, Ambient Lighting, Black Sport Stripes, Front Fog Lights, Multifunction Leather Steering Wheel, Metallic Paint, Sport Button, 2 Keys, Next MOT due 22/02/2019, Last serviced at 28,656 miles, Black Full leather interior, Standard Features - Air-Conditioning, Alarm, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Tyre Pressure Control, Electric Windows (Front), Hill Holder, Airbags, Power steering. 2 seats, Metallic Silver, 100 CARS IN GROUP STOCK - WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND CALLING OUR SALES TEAM PRIOR TO VIEWING ONE OF OUR VEHICLES TO AVOID ANY DISAPPOINTMENT IF SOLD - FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT - www.auto-sportiva.com. Vehicles Supplied fully inspected, Valeted and with a Comprehensive Warranty and HPI report so

    • Mileage: 32592 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
    For sale
    £10,000 £10,000
  • MINI ROADSTER 2013-13 1.6 COOPER CABRIOLET, HUGE SPEC, 1 OWNER, FMSH ** JCW AREO KIT ** NEW IN STOCK ** 2013

    £9,250 £9,250

    *** HUGE SPEC *** Full main dealer service history, 1 owner from new, JCW areo body kit, JCW challenge 17"alloys, JCW Steering wheel, Manual air conditioning, Automatic climate control, Cruise control, Voice control, Chili pack, half Black leather seats, Heated seats, Sport seats, Bluetooth + Usb + Aux ports, Extra storage compartment, Interior mood lighting, Dab radio, Cd player, Rear parking sensors, Electric rear spoiler speed activated, Tinted glass, Electric roof, Electric windows, Electric mirrors, Sport mode, On-board computer, Height adjustable front seats, Drivers air bag, Passenger air bag. This car is in stunning condition throughout and comes with 12 months mot, service and a comprehensive parts and labour warranty which is nationally recognized. All our cars are HPI clear and come with a printout and certificate for your peace of mind. *** NOW IN STOCK THIS IS A STUNNING LOOKING CAR ***

    • Mileage: 40000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
    For sale
    £9,250 £9,250
  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER S JCW CHILI PACK 2013

    £8,795 £8,795

    FINANCE AVAILABLE - Super example in a great colour, Pepper White Gloss with Black Full Leather Upholstery. 12 Month MOT with service history, JCW CHILI Pack and Loads more spec. 3 Month Warranty, HPI Clear, Test drive today 3 months warranty, Next MOT due 15/04/2019, Black Full leather interior, Pepper White Gloss, ;Details;This car comes with;FINANCE AVAILABLE;2 Keys;JCW CHILI Pack;1/2 Leather;Multifunction Steering Wheel;17" Cross Spoke Challenge Alloys;JCW Leather Steering Wheel;Chrome Line Interior;JCW Aerodynamics Kit;Black Headlights;Front Centre Armrest;Storage Compartment package;Interior Trim Piano Black;Colour Line Carbon Black;Sport button;Headlight Cleaning System;Fog Lights;Rain Sensor;Xenon Lights;Automatic Air Conditioning;On Board Computer;Light Package;DAB Radio;MINI Boost CD;Bluetooth Handsfree;Air conditioning;Airbags;Alarm;Alloy wheels;Anti-Lock Brakes;CD Player;Central locking;Cruise control;Electric door mirrors;Electric windows;Leather seats;Lumbar support;Parking aid;Power steering;Radio;Remote central locking;Sports seats

    • Mileage: 48725 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
    For sale
    £8,795 £8,795
  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER JCW CHILI PACK 2013

    £8,795 £8,795

    FINANCE AVAILABLE - Super example in a great colour, White Silver Metallic with Black Heated Lounge Leather Upholstery. 12 Month MOT with service history, JCW CHILI Pack and Loads more spec. 3 Month Warranty, HPI Clear, Test drive today Black Full leather interior, White Silver Metallic, ;Details;This car comes with;FINANCE AVAILABLE;2 Keys;JCW CHILI Pack;Multifunction Steering Wheel;17" Challenge Spoke Alloy Wheels;JCW Leather Steering Wheel;Wind Deflector;JCW Aerodynamics Kit;Black Sport Stripes;Sports Seats;Leather Lounge with Lumbar Support;Storage Compartment Pack;Heated Seats;Interior Trim Piano Black;Sport Button;Fog Lights;Rain Sensor;Automatic Air Conditioning;Light Package;DAB Radio;Openometer;MINI Boost CD;Handsfree bluetooth System;White indicators;Colour Line Carbon Black;Rear Parking Sensors;Active Rear Spoiler;Air conditioning;Airbags;Alarm;Alloy wheels;CD Player;Central locking;Cruise control;Electric door mirrors;Electric windows;Height adjustable drivers seat;Immobiliser;Lumbar support;Parking aid;Power steering;Radio;Remote Central Locking

    • Mileage: 42295 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
    For sale
    £8,795 £8,795
  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER JCW CHILI PACK 2012

    £8,295 £8,295

    FINANCE AVAILABLE - Super example in a great colour, Pepper White Gloss with Black Full Heated Leather Upholstery. 12 Month MOT with service history, CHILI Pack, Harman Kardon Stereo and Loads more spec. 3 Month Warranty, HPI Clear, Test drive today 3 months warranty, Next MOT due 15/04/2019, Black Full leather interior, Pepper White Gloss, ;Details;This car comes with;FINANCE AVAILABLE;2 Keys;CHILI Pack;Multifunction Steering Wheel;Sports Leather Steering Wheel;17" Cross Spoke Challenge Alloy Wheels;Folding Exterior Mirrors;Wind Deflector;JCW Aerodynamics Kit;Sports Stripes Black;Front Centre Armrest;Sports Seats;Storage Compartment Package;Heated Seats;Interior Trim Piano Black;Colour Line Polar Beige;Sport Button;Headlight Cleaning System;Fog Lights;Rain Sensor;Xenon Lights;Automatic Air conditioning;On Board Computer;Light Package;DAB Radio;Harman Kardon Hi-Fi System;MINI Boost CD;Bluetooth Handsfree System;White Indicators;Air conditioning;Airbags;Alarm;Alloy wheels;CD Player;Central locking;Cruise control;Electric door mirrors;Electric windows;Heated seats;Height adjustable drivers seat;Leather seats;Parking Aid (Rear);Power steering;Power-Assisted Steering;Radio;Sports seats

    • Mileage: 42795 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
    For sale
    £8,295 £8,295
  • MINI ROADSTER JOHN COOPER WORKS 2012

    £11,970 £11,970

    UKI (Sudbury) Limited are pleased to offer this two owner 2012 (12) Mini John Cooper Works Roadster for sale presented in Midnight black metallic. This JCW is in very good condition throughout, all alloy wheels are unmarked and the car comes with full Mini service history, last serviced at 51,000 miles in October 2017.;;This JCW roadster has a huge specification which consists of - Chili pack, Media pack, Satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone and audio, DAB radio, USB/Aux input, Rear parking sensors, Midnight black metallic, Harman Kardon sound system, Comfort access, Keyless go, Start/Stop function, Sports button, 3 spoke JCW multi function steering wheel, Climate control, Cruise control, Full black lounge leather seats, Heated front seats, Chrome line interior, Wind deflector, Bi-Xenon headlights, Black headlight reflectors, 18" JCW multi spoke alloy wheels in gloss black, Armrest, Red sports stripes, Front fog lights, Electric folding door mirrors, Automatic lights and wipers.;;All of our vehicles come with the remainder of their manufacturers warranty (where applicable) and are HPI clear, they also come with an M.O.T with no advisories (where applicable) and a standard 3 month warranty with options to upgrade to 2 years, we also have trained valets who are experienced in applying the market leading Williams F1 Ceramic paint protection which we can offer at discounted rates to all of our customers.;

    • Mileage: 56000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
    For sale
    £11,970 £11,970
  • MINI Roadster

    £7,490 £7,490

    Variant name:COOPER S ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: COOPER S Chilli/Sport pack What a stunning gem! With alloys, Bluetooth, electric windows, AirCon, electric roof and spoiler complete with stylish decals you really are ready for the sunshine! Full history with 3 stamps, last done Sept 17 and a new MOT prior to purchase this really will get snapped up quickly! 2 owner, both keys and previously provided by ourselves.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 63276 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £7,490 £7,490