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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

    £9,000 £9,000

    Variant name:Cooper S ,Derivative:Cooper S ,Variant: 1.6 Cooper S 2dr Auto Mini Roadster 1.6 Cooper S 2dr Auto

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 52793 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • MINI ROADSTER 1.6 COOPER CHILI PACK HUGE SPEC 2013

    £9,995 £9,995

    ** FINANCE AVAILABLE FROM 8.9% APR ** JUST 18,843 MILES FROM NEW ** ONE PRIVATE OWNER FROM NEW ** FULL FRANCHISE SERVICE HISTORY WITH 2 MINI STAMPS IN SERVICE BOOKLET ** MINI TLC SERVICE INCLUSIVE PACKAGE APPLICABLE UNTIL 20/12/2018 ** 12 MONTH MOT UPON PURCHASE ** AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE THROUGHOUT WITH WHITE SILVER METALLIC PAINTWORK ** CARBON BLACK HALF LEATHER/CLOTH INTERIOR TRIM WITH THREE STAGE HEATED SEATS ** CONICAL SPOKE GLOSS BLACK 17 INCH ALLOY WHEELS ** AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS ** RAIN SENSITIVE WIPERS ** REAR PARKING SENSORS ** AIR CONDITIONING ** CLIMATE CONTROL ** DAB DIGITAL RADIO ** WIND DEFLECTOR INCLUDED ** BLUETOOTH HANDS FREE READY WITH USB AUDIO FUNCTION ** INTERIOR/EXTERIOR CHROME LINING ** PIANO BLACK INTERIOR FACIA FINISH ** FRONT FOG LIGHTS ** ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE REAR SPOILER ** FULLY ELECTRIC RETRACTABLE FOLDING ROOF ** ELECTRIC WINDOWS ** ELECTRIC MIRRORS ** TRIP COMPUTER ** TRACTION CONTROL ** 6 SPEED MANUAL GEARBOX ** 2 REMOTE KEYS AVAILABLE ** 3 MONTHS PARTS/LABOUR WARRANTY ** FREE DELIVERY ANYWHERE IN UK ** COMPLETELY MOTORING CHELTENHAM and GLOUCESTER **

    • Mileage: 18843 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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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 ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: 1.6 COOPER Automatic Huge Specification, MEDIA PACK, Harmon Kardon, Xenons, CHILI Pack, CONVERTIBLE Pack Due in stock we have a superb and very rare Mini Roadster 1.6 Cooper Automatic. Offered in Highclass Grey metallic with Satellite Grey Lounge leather. The specification on this car is outstanding and includes Leather trim Mini Yours Satellite Grey, CHILI Pack, MEDIA Pack, Satellite navigation, Black headlamps, Chrome line exterior, Black 17 inch conical spoke alloys, Xenon headlights, Auto dimming interior mirror, Front centre arm rest, Electrically folding door mirrors, Headlight wash system, Harman Kardon Hi Fi system, USB telephone audio interface, Chrome line interior, Piano Black interior trim, 3 spoke sports steering wheel, Passenger seat height adjustment, Front fog lights, On board computer, Bluetooth with USB, Voice control, CONVERTIBLE Pack, Heated seats, Wind deflector, One owner only 14000 miles. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 14144 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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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 Due 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
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  • 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 Due 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
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  • Mini Roadster

    £10,495 £10,495

    Partial leather seat trim, Xenon headlamps with auto levelling & jet wash, Heated front seats, Electrically deployable boot spoiler, DAB Audio system, Radio, CD Player, USB connectivity, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Push Button Start, Power Hood, Wind deflector, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electically operated mirrors, Electric front windows, Remote central locking, Multi function trip computer, External temperature sensor & display, Front fog lights, Interior ambient lighting, Lockable glove box, Leather trimmed steering wheel, Leather trimmed handbrake handle, Drivers, Passenger and Side Airbags, Anti lock brakes, Height adjustable drivers seat, 12v Auxillary power socket, Immobiliser, 17'' Alloys, Service history A really lovely example of the Mini Roadster Cooper S and with the all important Chilli Pack. This Mini was originally a dealer demonstrator and has had just one private owner since and has just been taken in by ourselves as a part exchange. Fantastic condition throughout and has been serviced locally by Dick Lovett Mini from new with the last one having been done less than 4,000 miles ago.

    • Mileage: 27700 mi
    • Engine size: 1598
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  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER 2015

    £11,000 £11,000

    14 months manufacturer warranty remaining,5 year MINI Service Plan included:, Upgrades - Front Centre Armrest, Seat Heating for Driver and Front Passenger, Interior Trim Piano Black, MINI Sport CHILI Pack, Chrome Line Interior, Alloy Wheels-16in 6-Star Twin Spoke, Metallic Paint, Full dealership history, Standard Features - Auto Start/Stop Function (MSA), Manual Air Conditioning, DAB Tuner, Rear Park Distance Control (PDC), Remote Controlled Alarm System (Thatcham CAT1), 15in 7-Hole Light Alloy Wheels with Security Locking Wheel Bolts, Radio BOOST CD with AUX-In Connection in Centre Console Storage Compartment, Hill Assist, Electrical Window Lifts for Drivers and Front Passengers Sides, Start/Stop Button, Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS), Heated seats. 2 seats, Silver, GBP 11,965

    • Mileage: 8500 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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  • MINI Roadster

    £10,980 £10,980

    Variant name:COOPER ,Derivative:COOPER ,Variant: MINI Cooper Roadster 17'' Black Star Bullet Alloys, Additional Decor Rings, Black mirror caps, Chili Pack, Chrome Line exterior, Chrome Line interior, Colour Line - Carbon Black, Interior Trim Piano Black, Metallic paint, Wind deflector, Dynamic Stability Control, Sport Steering Wheel, Security Wheel Bolts, Alarm system (Thatcham 1), Heated Mirrors/Washer Jets, Pass. seat height adjustment, Passenger airbag deactivation. front, DAB digital radio, White Indicator Lenses, Semi Automatic Soft-Top

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 12780 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER S 2012 44950 Auto Petrol Silver

    £10,990 £10,990

    A Immaculate Example, Low Rate Finance, Full Service History, Just Serviced, MOT, JCW Kit, Full Black Leather, Warranty*, Upgrades - Jonh Cooper Works Package, Lthr Lounge with CHILI Pk S/SD, Bluetooth Telephone Audio Connection, Exterior Mirror Package, Full Bluetooth Telephone Prep. with USB Audio, Heated Front Seats, JCW Aerodynamic Kit, Dynamic Traction Control, Storage Compartment Package, Vision Pack, Sports Suspension, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Floor Mats in Velour, 3-Spoke Sport Lth. Steer. Wheel/Gear. Pad. (S/SD), Automatic Air-Conditioning, On-Board Computer, Chili Pack S/SD, Metallic Paint, Leather Punch S/SD, Standard Features - Parking Aid (Rear), Air-Conditioning, Tyre Pressure Control, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Alarm, 3x3 point rear seat belts, Air conditioning, Airbags, Anti-Lock Brakes, Alloy wheels, Electric windows, Parking aid, Sports seats. 2 seats, Silver, All Credit/Debit and AMEX Cards Taken, Finance Available, All Viewings By Appointment Only, Warranty**, GBP 10,990

    • Mileage: 44950 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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  • MINI ROADSTER COOPER. CHILL PACK. BIG SPEC 2013

    £9,995 £9,995

    Oliver Prestige cars ltd have this 2 keeper mini cooper roadster, with over GBP 5000 pound factory extras. beautiful cream leather. cruise control. Stop/Start, 2 keys hpi vin and miles checked., Upgrades - Automatic Air-Conditioning, Heated Fr Windscreen with PEPPER Pk, Leather Lounge, Bike Rack Preparation at Rear, Run Flat Tyres, Interior Trim Piano Black, Media Pack, Interior Trim Striped Alloy, 6 months warranty, Full dealership history, Excellent bodywork, White Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Standard Features - Auto Start/Stop Function (MSA), DAB Tuner, Rear Park Distance Control (PDC), Electrical Window Lifts for Drivers and Front Passengers Sides, Hill Assist, Radio BOOST CD with AUX-In Connection in Centre Console Storage Compartment, Remote Controlled Alarm System (Thatcham CAT1), Start/Stop Button, Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS). 2 seats, Metallic Grey, CHILI Pack GBP 2,170, 17" Conical Spoke Light Alloy WheelsGBP 485, Seat Heating for Driver and Front PassengerGBP 215, Interior Trim - Piano BlackGBP 130, Chrome Line InteriorGBP 120, Colour Line - Satellite GreyGBP 110, Leather Lounge Satellite GreyGBP 1200, Mirror Caps in Body ColourGBP 150, Media Pack GBP 1200, Total Price of Optional EquipmentGBP 5,780, GBP 10,995 p/x welcome less

    • Mileage: 19000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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  • MINI ROADSTER JOHN COOPER WORKS 2012

    £13,970 £13,970

    UKI (Sudbury) Limited are delighted to offer this striking 2012/62 one owner Mini JCW roadster in the extremely rare colour of Reef blue metallic with black lounge leather upholstery. It comes in fantastic condition throughout, four unmarked alloy wheels and a full Mini main dealer service history.;;This Mini JCW roadster is fully loaded, the specification consists of - Chili pack, Media pack with satellite navigation, bluetooth telephone, DAB radio and bluetooth audio, Harman Kardon sound system, Full black lounge leather with contrasting red piping, Vision pack, Heated front seats, Front centre armrest, Cruise control, Rear parking sensors, Bi-Xenon headlights, Chrome wing mirror caps, Black sports stripes, 18" JCW multi spoke alloy wheels in gloss black, Reef blue metallic paint, Sports button, Automatic climate control, Driver and Passenger seat height adjustment, Gloss black interior trim, Automatic lights, Rain sensing 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: 32000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.598
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  • MINI Roadster

    £12,993 £12,993

    Variant name:COOPER ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: COOPER - Stunning Example, A Very Special Car, Please Read Our Comments 2013 MINI Roadster COOPER 1.6l Convertible offered in Midnight Black Metallic with leather Lounge Toffee and mirror caps in body colour this car looks amazing. Massive list of factory ordered optional extras worth '3185 pounds' include - CHILI Pack (2,170 pounds), 17" Conical Spoke Light Alloy Wheels (485 pounds), Seat Heating for Driver and Front Passenger (215 pounds), Piano Black Interior Trim (130 pounds), Carbon Black Colour Line (110 pounds), Run-flat Tyres (75 pounds). One owner from new and low mileage. This car must be seen.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 5214 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • MINI Roadster

    £11,450 £11,450

    Variant name:COOPER ,Derivative:R59 ,Variant: COOPER MINI ROADSTER COOPER, REAR SENSORS, BLUETOOTH, 17" ALLOYS Pepper White, Black Half Leather Interior, Piano Black Interior Trim, 6-speed Manual Gearbox, 3 Doors, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Automatic Climate Control, Automatic Headlights, Automatic Wipers, Cruise Control, Rear Parking Sensors, Start/Stop Engine Function, Start/Stop Ignition Button, Heated Rear Windscreen, Driver Information Display, Air Conditioning, Mini Radio/CD Player, Bluetooth Connectivity, Aux-in Port, USB Port, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Mini 17" Alloy Wheels. QUOTE BIGYYN All our cars are prepared to the highest standard, HPI checked, full dealer facilities are available, payment via debit or credit card and nationwide delivery is also available, Please contact us for fantastic finance offers.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 25250 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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