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Mini Roadster

Many people consider convertible cars a means of entertainment rather than a means of transport. Nonetheless, Mini Cooper Roadster proves otherwise: this small-sized and stylish vehicle can serve both purposes simultaneously, demonstrating optimal performance characteristics and aesthetic pleasure. Moreover, each new update offers a lot of useful innovations, some of which might be checked out in the latest Mini Roadster review.

Basic Specs

2015 Mini Cooper Roadster distinguishes itself by the following specifications:

- dimensions: 66.3x54.5x146.8 inches (w/h/l), wheelbase – 97.1 inches, clearance – 5.3 inches;

- capacities: cargo – 6.0 cubic feet, ultimate payload – 507 lbs, gross weight – 3241 lbs;

- body type: 2-seater, 2-door convertible;

- drivetrain: front-wheel, 6-speed manual transmission;

- engine: Inline 4, variable valve timing, gasoline;

- fuel: tank capacity – 13.2 gal, average consumption: 27 mpg (city), 34 mpg (highway);

- suspension: 4-wheel independent, front/rear stabilizer bar;

- trim levels: basic, S, John Cooper Works (JCW).

Exterior & Interior Features

New Roadster offers a more engrossing open-air driving experience than predecessors did. It boasts an aerodynamic styling combined with a race-like appearance and a sharp handling. The car now comes with standard fog and running lights (on S and JCW trims) as well as standard rain sensors and automatic climate control on all trim levels.

The model is equipped with an unlined power-operated top which makes the saloon a bit noisy. The dashboard houses a centrally-installed speedometer with a variety of switches and gauges. The integrated infotainment system contains multiple advanced functions, including iPhone apps for Internet radio and social media access, voice commands, GoPro camera, etc.

The model is shipped in 9 exterior color paints and 11 interior finishes. The customers are free to choose between top-notch cloth, leatherette or pure leather saloon upholstery (or even combined). All trims come with Sport key that dramatically sharpens steering.


In continuation of Mini Roadster review, it must be said that the base trim level car is furnished with a 1.6-liter engine that produces 121 horsepower and 118 pf of torque. While 6-speed manual transmission is standard, the motorists can opt for a 6-speed automatic one as an additional feature. This engine allows the vehicle to accelerate up to 60 mph for some 8.7/10.0 seconds (manual/automatic gear).

The S model accommodates a turbocharged version of 1.6-liter engine. It provides for 181 horsepower and 177 pf of torque. Depending on the transmission type, the car can gain 60 mph for 6.7/6.9 seconds (manual/automatic). The JCW versions come with analogous engine with turbo-boost specs. It is able to demonstrate 208 horsepower and 192 pf of torque, accelerating up to 60 mph for 6.4 seconds.

Trim Levels & Packages

The two-door Roadster is shipped in three trim levels with a variety of packages (i.e. Cold Weather package, Technology package, City Pack).

Hence, the basic trim boasts the following features: 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, manually adjustable seats, heated mirrors, cruise control, telescoping steering wheel, climate control, daytime running lamps, semi-automatic rooftop, and an advanced infotainment system (Bluetooth phone, HD audio, 6-speaker sound system, USB/iPod port). The Sport package adds 17-inch wheels, frontal fog-lights, sport-like seats, and dynamic traction control.

The S-level vehicles boast some additional styling options, including xenon headlights and hood stripes (Sport package). Furthermore, apart from all abovementioned specifications, Roadster JCW features a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, front Brembo brakes, an aerodynamic body as well as keyless entry & ignition, heated seats, rear parking sensors, a satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror (depending on the package).

As far as price is concerned, the base Roadster costs $27.000, the S version - $30.000 and the JCW version - starting from $37.100.

Safety Facilities

Regardless of the trim level, all 2015 Mini Roadsters come equipped with all-new safety facilities. They entail: anti-theft alarm, park distance control, engine immobilizer, child seat anchors, 4-wheel ABS, emergency braking system, dusk-sensing headlamps, stability control, tire pressure control, post-collision safety, driver’s and passenger airbags.

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