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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

    £11,950 £11,950

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

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 20072 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Mini Roadster 2013 SOFT TOP

    £8,950 £8,950

    Immaculate condition inside and out ,front fog lights, Bluetooth heated seats,climate control air con,parking sensor,16 alloy wheels, full years MOT full service history,audio DAB sound chill pack,electric roof,mirrors (heated) ,windows tailgate spoiler,cloth leather trim seats with lumber support ABS ,manual 6 speed, sport mode 

    • Mileage: 34333 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • MINI Roadster

    £9,299 £9,299

    Variant name:COOPER ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: 1.6 COOPER CONVERTIBLE 2 DOOR, CHILI PACK, TLC PACK, PARKING SENSORS, PART LEATHER, CLIMATE CONTROL, 17 INCH ALLOY WHEELS, PIANO BLACK INTERIOR TRIM, COLOR LINE CARBON BLACK THIS CAR HAS BEEN HAND PICKED BY STEBBINGS, FULLY VALETED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD! IT COMES SUPPLIED WITH UPTO DATE SERVICE HISTORY , HPI CHECKED AND CLEAR. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VIEW OVER 500 MORE VEHICLES! LOW RATE FINANCE AND PART EXCHANGE AVAILABLE. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained, however, errors may occur. Do not rely entirely on this information but confirm with us about items which may affect your decision to purchase.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 7051 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Mini Roadster 2013

    £7,550 £7,550

    Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel - Rake/Reach, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Penger, Air Bag Side - Driver/Penger, Air Bag Side - Front Side Front Curtain, Air-Conditioning, Alarm, Alloy Wheels - 15in, Anti-Lock Brakes, Central Door Locking - Remote, Centre Console, Cup Holder, DAB Radio, Electric Windows - Front, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Programme, External Tempeure Display, Head Air Bags - Front/Rear, Head Restraints - Front, Head Restraints - Front/Rear, Heated Rear Screen, Heated Washer Jets, Hill Holder, Immobiliser, In Car Entertainment - Radio/CD/MP3, Mirrors External - Electric Heated/Folding, Mirrors External - Electric/Heated, Parking Aid - Rear, Power Socket, Power-Assisted Steering, Rev Counter, Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners - Front, Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners - Front/Rear, Seat Height Adjustment - Driver/Penger, Seating Capacity - Two Seats, Speakers - Six, Steering Wheel Leather, Steering Wheel Sports, Sun Visor, Tailgate Window, Third Brake Light, Traction Control System, Tyre Pressure Control, Part Leather Upholstery Heated. Private plate not included

    • Mileage: 32000 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER SD 2013

    £10,495 £10,495

    Just In - Immaculate Mini Cooper SD Roadster in Pepper White. All Dealer Service History With 1 Lady Owner. The electric roof is in superb condition with no rips or frays. Big Spec Includes - Half Leather Sports Seats, sport mode, adjustable rear wing, rear parking sensors, twin exhaust pipes, Automatic Lights/rain sensor, multifunction steering wheel, BI-Xenon lights, Interior Lights Pack (mood lighting), Handsfree System With Bluetooth, DAB Radio, Mini Boost CD Player, USB/AUX Input, Automatic Air Conditioning, 17inch conical spoke alloys, centre arm rest, Engine Start/Stop function, 2 Keys. Every OTTER MOTORS Car Comes With - 12 MONTHS MOT - FULLY SERVICED - 6 MONTHS RAC WARRANTY. If You Have Any Questions Or Would Like To View This Car In Our Showroom Please Call Us On 01404 812608 // 07482 242681. OTTER MOTORS Are Based Just Outside Exeter - EX111RE - 10 Minutes From The M5. GREAT RATES On FINANCE With INTEREST FREE RE-PAYMENTS, See Our FINANCE PAGE For Full Details.

    • Mileage: 44346 mi
    • Engine size: 1.995
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  • Mini Roadster

    £10,490 £10,490

    Air Conditioning, 2 keys, DAB radio, Power Hood, Cruise Control, Height Adjustable Seat, Immobiliser, Premium Cloth soft top, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Parking Sensors, Cloth Upholstery, Adjustable Steering Column, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Push Button Start, Stability Control, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Colour Coded Body, Metallic Paintwork, Electric rear spoiler, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Radio, Locking Wheel Nuts All of our vehicles are prepared to a high standard and you won't be disappointed all vehicles are supplied with a full HPI report, 1 years MOT where applicable and fully serviced with any parts without a serviceable life replaced. Warranty supplied on all vehicles. We offer finance at competitive rates HP or PCP is available, nationwide delivery is also available please call for information and quotes. Part exchange is offered and most things are considered. Viewings best by appointment but vehicles are viewable at opening times so feel free to come and have a browse, contact Stuart or Neil on 01206 212710 or after hours fell free to call or text anytime Stuart 07860 348928 Neil 07581882838

    • Mileage: 26800 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • MINI Roadster

    £10,299 £10,299

    Variant name:COOPER S ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: 1.6 COOPER S 2 DR CONVERTIBLE, SPORT CHILI PACK, PART LEATHER TRIM, HARMAN KARDON HI FI SYSTEM, BI-XENON HEADLIGHTS, HEATED FRONT SEATS, COLOUR LINE - CARBON BLACK, BLACK HEADLIGHT REFLECTORS, DYNAMIC TRACTION CONTROL, CRUISE CONTROL, AIR CONDITIONING, THIS CAR HAS BEEN HAND PICKED BY STEBBINGS, FULLY VALETED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD! IT COMES SUPPLIED WITH UPTO DATE SERVICE HISTORY , HPI CHECKED AND CLEAR. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VIEW OVER 500 MORE VEHICLES! LOW RATE FINANCE AND PART EXCHANGE AVAILABLE. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained, however, errors may occur. Do not rely entirely on this information but confirm with us about items which may affect your decision to purchase.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 59597 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER 2013

    £9,970 £9,970

    UKI (Sudbury) Limited are pleased to offer this one owner 2013 (63) Mini Cooper roadster for sale presented in White Silver metallic. This roadster is in excellent condition inside and out, the car has been very well looked after and fully maintained by Mini main dealer with full service history.;;This roadster has got a very good specification, this includes - Half leather/Cloth upholstery, Bluetooth telephone, DAB digital radio, Rear acoustic parking sensors, Climate control, Automatic lights and wipers, Cruise control, Start/Stop function, White Silver metallic paint, Black sports stripes, Ambient lighting, USB/Aux, Front fog lights, Sports button, Chili pack, White indicator lenses, 17" Bullet style alloy wheels.;;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: 28000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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  • MINI Roadster

    £12,993 £12,993

    Variant name:COOPER ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: COOPER - Huge Spec / Please register early interest 2013 (63) MINI Cooper Roadster - Massive specification, this Roadster had over £4500 of factory optional extras, the stand-out option being the Sports Chilli Pack at £3800. This option transforms the already sporty looks of this MINI, into a totally different beast with the John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Front & Rear Bumpers and Side Skirts and 17 Inch Challenge Cross Spoke Alloy Wheels. The black on black colour combination also add to the appeal. A stunning example that drives as well as it looks, please register early interest.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 23630 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • MINI ROADSTER 1.6 COOPER CHILI PACK HUGE SPEC 2013

    £9,495 £9,495

    ** FINANCE AVAILABLE FROM 8.9% APR ** JUST 29,539 MILES FROM NEW ** ONE PRIVATE LADY OWNER FROM NEW ** FULL FRANCHISE SERVICE HISTORY ** MINI TLC SERVICE INCLUSIVE PACKAGE APPLICABLE UNTIL 30/11/2018 ** MOT UNTIL 29th MARCH 2018 ** A VERY CLEAN EXAMPLE THROUGHOUT WITH CHILI RED PAINTWORK ** CHILI PACK WITH HALF LEATHER/CLOTH INTERIOR TRIM ** 17 INCH BLACK-STAR BULLET LIGHT DIAMOND CUT ALLOY WHEELS ** REAR PARKING SENSORS ** AIR CONDITIONING ** CLIMATE CONTROL ** DAB DIGITAL RADIO ** CRUISE CONTROL ** BLUETOOTH HANDS FREE READY WITH VOICE RECOGNITION ** ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE REAR SPOILER ** CHROME EXTERIOR DETAILING WITH CHROME FRONT GRILL FINISH, CHROME FRONT FOG SURROUNDS, CHROME DOOR HANDLES, CHROME LIGHT SURROUNDS, CHROME BODY RUNNING STRIPES, CHROME TAILGATE RELEASE HANDLE + CHROME EXHAUST TAILPIPE ** PIANO BLACK INTERIOR FACIA FINISH ** CHROME LINE INTERIOR ** MIRROR CAPS IN BODY COLOUR ** BLACK BONNET STRIPES ** MINI BOOST CD PLAYER ** USB/AUXILIARY PORTS ** ELECTRIC WINDOWS ** ELECTRIC MIRRORS ** TRACTION CONTROL ** START/STOP TECHNOLOGY ** FRONT FOG LIGHTS ** HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE FRONT SEATS ** FULLY ELECTRIC FOLDING ROOF ** 6 SPEED MANUAL GEARBOX ** SPORT MODE BUTTON ** LEATHER PADDED STEERING WHEEL ** STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS ** REMOTE CENTRAL LOCKING ** 2 REMOTE KEYS AVAILABLE ** 3 MONTHS PARTS/LABOUR WARRANTY ** FREE DELIVERY ANYWHERE IN UK ** COMPLETELY MOTORING CHELTENHAM and GLOUCESTER **

    • Mileage: 29539 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER SD JCW 2013 45700 Auto Diesel Grey

    £12,290 £12,290

    A Immaculate Example in Eclipse Grey Metallic, Black Leather, Full Mini Service History, 1 Yrs MOT, Sat Nav, JCW Kit, Warranty Available*, Upgrades - Mini Navigation System, Sat Nav, John cooper works Aerodynamic Kit, Electric Hood, Voice Control for Bluetooth Prep, Black Xenon Headlamps, Media Pack with Chili Pk (S/SD/JCW), Media Pack, Voice Control, Front Centre Armrest, Full Bluetooth Tel. Prep. with USB Audio, Auto-Dimming Exterior/Interior Rear View Mirrors, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Leather Lounge with Lumbar Support, Radio VISUAL BOOST, JCW Steering Wheel, Automatic Air-Conditioning, Exterior Mirror Package, Start Stop, Storage Compartment Pack, LED Light Package, MINI Connected, Control Combox, DAB Tuner, JCW Chiili Pack, Mini Wired, PDC, Standard Features - DAB Radio, Air-Conditioning, Parking Aid (Rear), Electric Windows (Front), Hill Holder, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Tyre Pressure Control, Alarm, Alloy Wheels (16in). 2 seats, Grey, All Credit/Debit and AMEX Cards Taken, Finance Available, All Viewings By Appointment Only, Warranty**, GBP 12,290

    • Mileage: 45700 mi
    • Engine size: 1.995
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  • MINI ROADSTER 1.6 COOPER S CHILI PACK 2013

    £11,495 £11,495

    ** FINANCE AVAILABLE FROM 8.9% APR ** JUST 17,752 MILES FROM NEW ** ONE PRIVATE OWNER FROM NEW ** FULL FRANCHISE SERVICE HISTORY ** MINI TLC INCLUSIVE SERVICING PACKAGE APPLICABLE UNTIL 29/06/2018 ** 12 MONTH MOT UPON PURCHASE ** AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE THROUGHOUT WITH SPICE ORANGE METALLIC PAINTWORK ** CARBON BLACK HALF LEATHER/CLOTH INTERIOR TRIM ** BLACK BONNET STRIPES ** BLACK CONICAL SPOKE 17 INCH ALLOY WHEELS ** REAR PARKING SENSORS ** BLACK BI-XENON HEADLIGHTS ** AIR CONDITIONING ** CLIMATE CONTROL ** HEADLIGHT WASHER SYSTEM ** BLUETOOTH HANDS FREE READY WITH USB AUDIO FUNCTION ** EXTERIOR CHROME LINING INCLUDING TWIN CHROME EXHAUST TAILPIPES ** CHROME LINE INTERIOR ** PIANO BLACK INTERIOR FACIA FINISH ** FRONT FOG LIGHTS ** SPORTS SUSPENSION ** COOPER 'S' EXTERIOR BODYSTYLING ** MOULDED SPORTS STYLED SEATS ** FULLY ELECTRIC RETRACTABLE FOLDING ROOF ** ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE REAR SPOILER ** DAB DIGITAL RADIO ** 6 SPEED MANUAL GEARBOX ** 2 REMOTE KEYS AVAILABLE ** 3 MONTHS PARTS/LABOUR WARRANTY ** FREE DELIVERY ANYWHERE IN UK ** COMPLETELY MOTORING CHELTENHAM and GLOUCESTER **

    • Mileage: 17752 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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  • MINI Roadster

    £14,993 £14,993

    Variant name:COOPER SD ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: COOPER SD, SPORT Chili Pack, JOHN COOPER WORKS Aerodynamic Body Styling, Media Pack, Convertible Pack, Huge Specification New in stock we have a stunning MINI Roadster 2.0 Cooper SD Roadster CHILI Pack MINI Sport, JOHN COOPER WORKS Body Styling, MEDIA Pack Satellite navigation, CONVERTIBLE Pack, 17 inch Challenge cross spoke alloys, Multi function steering wheel, Piano Black interior trim, Passenger seat height adjustment, Wind deflector, Chrome line interior, Colour line Polar Beige, Bi Xenon headlights, Front centre arm rest, Bluetooth with USB audio, Voice control, Radio boost, On board computer, One owner only 12600 miles. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 12607 mi
    • Engine size: 2
    For sale
  • MINI Roadster

    £14,993 £14,993

    Variant name:COOPER S ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: COOPER S Chili Pack, JOHN COOPER WORKS Aerodynamic body styling, Harman Kardon, Bi Xenons, Heated Seats And More New in stock we have a stunning Mini Roadster 1.6 Cooper S. This car benefits from many optional extras including a SPORT Chili pack, 17 inch Challenge cross spoke alloys, Bluetooth with USB audio, Multi function steering wheel, JOHN COOPER WORKS Aerodynamic body styling kit, Piano Black interior trim, Passenger seat height adjustment, Bi Xenon head lights, Heated front seats, Black head light reflectors, Colour line Satellite Grey, Leather seats Lounge Satellite Grey, Harman Kardon Hi Fi system, TLC Pack, Parking sensors, Black headlamps, Head light wash system, Climate control, One owner example with a super specification and great kerb appeal. Only 21000 Miles. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 20940 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
  • MINI Roadster

    £15,993 £15,993

    Variant name:JOHN COOPER WORKS ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: JOHN COOPER WORKS Roadster CHILI Pack, Media Pack, Harman Kardon, Leather Dashboard And More Just arrived in stock we have a outstanding Mini 1.6 John Cooper Works Roadster. This car has a incredible list of factory options and new price with this specification was in excess of £31300 new. Factory options include but are not limited to 17 inch cross spoke challenge alloys, Black haed lights, Chrome line interior, Wind deflector, Mini yours leather dash Black and Satellite Grey, Front centre arm rest, Heated seats, Telephone USB audio interface, Harmon Kardon Hi Fi system, Media pack, Satellite navigation, Chili pack, Service pack to 02/09/2019. Superb opportunity and a true 1 off.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 7500 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
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