2015 MINI Roadster

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Key Specs

of the 2015 MINI Roadster base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    121-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    2 Seats
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Turbo acceleration (S)
  • Coupe's unique styling
  • Handling
  • Gas mileage

The Bad

  • Interior space
  • Gauge legibility
  • Control ergonomics
  • Quality of some materials
2015 MINI Roadster exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2015 MINI Roadster

  • Seats two
  • Openometer tracks top-down time (Roadster)
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • S and John Cooper Works performance models available

2015 MINI Roadster Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Mini Coupe and Roadster are sport-oriented small cars that have room for two people. The Coupe has a unique helmet-style roof design, and both body styles are available in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there's no car quite like a Mini, competitors include the Volkswagen GTI, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Scion FR-S.

(Skip to details on the: John Cooper Works)

New for 2015
Automatic climate control is now standard, and LED fog lights are newly available.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Helmet-style roof (Coupe)
  • Manual soft-top with glass rear window (Roadster)
  • Chrome roll bars (Roadster)
  • Deployable rear spoiler
  • 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Hood scoop (S models)

Interior Highlights

  • Seats two
  • Center-mounted speedometer 
  • Openometer tracks how much time you've driven with the top down (Roadster)
  • Simulated leather, cloth or leather upholstery in multiple colors
  • Automatic air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box
  • Multifunction steering wheel with audio and speed controls
  • Available Recaro sport seats
  • Available heated seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Mini Connected system with a 6.5-inch screen, USB/iPod port, smartphone connectivity and voice recognition
  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo

Under the Hood

  • 121-horsepower, 1.6-l...
Vehicle Overview

The Mini Coupe and Roadster are sport-oriented small cars that have room for two people. The Coupe has a unique helmet-style roof design, and both body styles are available in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power. Although there's no car quite like a Mini, competitors include the Volkswagen GTI, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Scion FR-S.

(Skip to details on the: John Cooper Works)

New for 2015
Automatic climate control is now standard, and LED fog lights are newly available.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Helmet-style roof (Coupe)
  • Manual soft-top with glass rear window (Roadster)
  • Chrome roll bars (Roadster)
  • Deployable rear spoiler
  • 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Hood scoop (S models)

Interior Highlights

  • Seats two
  • Center-mounted speedometer 
  • Openometer tracks how much time you've driven with the top down (Roadster)
  • Simulated leather, cloth or leather upholstery in multiple colors
  • Automatic air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box
  • Multifunction steering wheel with audio and speed controls
  • Available Recaro sport seats
  • Available heated seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Mini Connected system with a 6.5-inch screen, USB/iPod port, smartphone connectivity and voice recognition
  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo

Under the Hood

  • 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 181-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (S)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual transmission; available six-speed automatic
  • Performance-oriented suspension
  • Available electronically locking differential

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Available rear parking sensors

John Cooper Works
A John Cooper Works version of both the Coupe and Roadster is offered. 

John Cooper Works models are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 208 hp and 192 pounds-feet of torque. (The engine, according to Mini, can briefly boost pressure when accelerating to achieve 207 pounds-feet of torque.)

What's Special

  • With the six-speed manual transmission, Mini says the John Cooper Works Coupe can hit 60 mph in 6.1 seconds
  • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
  • High-performance brakes
  • Sport exhaust system

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Latest Reviews

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MINI S ROADSTER

by andyk from new england on April 14, 2016

2nd one i've had . . . great cars. first one (2012) had 110k, & bought same model. highly recommend. Read full review

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best car

by cars on March 27, 2015

great safe car , awesome to drive around with and a very fuel efficeint car that can travel a great ways. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 MINI Roadster currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 MINI Roadster has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by MINI

Program Benefits

Inspection by MINI Technician, 24/4 Roadside Assistance, covered by a MINI Certified Pre-Owned Protection Plan, backed by the nationwide network of MINI Dealers.

  • Limited Warranty

    5 Years / Unlimited Miles or 6 Years Unlimited Miles

    Covers your vehicle for 1 year with unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty. That’s coverage for up to a total of 5 years with unlimited miles from the vehicle’s original in service date. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle’s coverage up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. Every MINI CPO also comes with 24/7 Travel Protection through MINI Roadside Assistance coverage for 1 year with unlimited miles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous Inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Roadster received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker