2015 MINI Cooper Roadster

Original MSRP Range
$26,100 - $36,250
Available Style(s)
26 - 27 MPG City / 34 - 35 MPG Hwy
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2015 MINI Cooper Roadster

What We Like

Very fun to drive; classic Mini styling; long list of customization options and features

What We Don't

High pricing; lethargic base model; poor visibility with the top on


Expert Rating

3.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5

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What's New in the 2015 MINI Cooper Roadster?

The Mini Cooper Roadster receives only minor changes for 2015, including newly standard rain-sensing wipers and automatic climate control. 

Which Cooper Roadster is the Best?

With its distinctive styling and impressive handling, the Cooper Roadster is an excellent choice, but high-level models can be expensive, especially with options. We recommend a midlevel Cooper S Roadster to maximize thrills, and we recommend going easy on the options to minimize cost. Find a Mini Cooper Roadster for sale


How Much Does a 2015 MINI Cooper Roadster Cost?

The Mini Cooper Roadster comes in three available trim levels. There's a base model, called simply the Roadster, a midlevel Cooper S Roadster and a high-performance John Cooper Works model.

Drivers who choose the base-level Cooper Roadster ($27,000) get 16-inch alloy wheels, a power convertible top, and basic power accessories such as windows, mirrors, locks and keyless entry -- along with newly standard automatic climate control and rain-sensing wipers. The Roadster also includes standard leatherette upholstery, along with iPod and USB connectivity. The Cooper Roadster uses a 121-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine.

Upgrade to the Cooper S Roadster ($30,000), and you get a turbocharged version of the base model's engine, good for 181 hp. Other upgrades include fog lights, a firmer sport suspension, sport seats and sport pedals.

Topping the range is the John Cooper Works ($37,100), which boosts power to 208 horses. It features an even firmer sport suspension, an aerodynamic body kit, 17-in wheels and strong Brembo brakes.

While those prices may not seem so bad, the Cooper Roadster's biggest problem is that so many features are relegated to the options list. There's a Cold Weather package with heated seats and heated mirrors; a Premium Package with keyless ignition and automatic headlights; a Technology package with the Mini Connected smartphone integration system, rear parking sensors and an upgraded sound system; and a Sport package, which adds larger wheels, sport seats and sport-tuned traction control. Like most Mini models, the Roadster also offers a long list of color options. An automatic transmission is $1,250 extra.

Cooper Roadster Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Cooper Roadster 2dr$26,100 / $24,7354 Cylinder121N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Roadster 2dr John Cooper Works$36,250 / $32,4654 Cylinder Turbo208N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Cooper Roadster 2dr S$29,100 / $26,6804 Cylinder Turbo181N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2015 MINI Cooper Roadster a Safe Car?

All 2015 Mini Cooper Roadster models come standard with a long list of safety features, ranging from anti-lock brakes to side airbags, rollbars for increased rollover protection, dual side airbags, traction control and stability control. Likely owing to the Roadster's low production volume, the model has not yet been assessed in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests.


Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Cold Weather Pkg
  • MINI Connected Pkg
  • Sport Pkg
  • Technology Pkg
  • JCW Exterior Pkg


2015 MINI Cooper Roadster vs the competition

FIAT 500 Abarth Cabrio -- It's not a true convertible, thanks to frame rails that stay in place even when the top is down, but the Abarth Cabrio offers similar thrills to the Roadster, plus two rear seats. It's also cheaper, offering Cooper S Roadster power for base-level Cooper Roadster money.

Mercedes SLK-Class Roadster -- OK, so the SLK250's base price is more than $43,000 before options, but a well-equipped John Cooper Works Roadster is in the same league. The SLK offers more room, roughly the same power and the cachet of the Mercedes brand name.

MINI Cooper Convertible -- That's right: One of the Cooper Roadster's biggest rivals is in the same showroom. The Cooper Convertible boasts four seats, along with similar performance, pricing and interior quality.

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