MINI Roadster

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

85
Priced From $24,350
MPG 31.0
Styles Reviewed
ConvertibleConvertible

Road & Track

01/31/12
2012-01-31
87
100

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Jonathan Elfalan Jonathan Elfalan Score Pending 2012 MINI Roadster Convertible

Even with its mild weight gain and inherent loss of torsional rigidity, there are definite gains enjoyed with this new Roadster, which further underscores Mini’s reputation for building cars that are perhaps best described as front-drive Nirvana.

New Car Test Drive

02/24/12
2012-02-24
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Staff Review New Car Test Drive 6.3 out of 10 2012 MINI Roadster Convertible

The Mini Cooper Roadster is agile, visually unique, and a brisk performer. With a little restraint in ordering, it offers a high fun-for-the-buck index.

Automobile Magazine

02/01/12
2012-02-01
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Joe Lorio Joe Lorio 8.3 out of 10 2012 MINI Roadster Convertible

Slightly cheaper, lighter, and stiffer, the Roadster is a subtly different riff on an open-topped Mini. Even with its two seats and stubby little trunk, however, we have a hard time thinking of this as a sports car.

Edmunds.com

04/26/12
2012-04-26
86
100

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2012 MINI Roadster Convertible

The 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster is a simpler, more basic convertible that still delivers the twisty road entertainment that has become synonymous with the Mini brand. Mini’s spirit of fun is most certainly still alive.

Car and Driver

01/31/12
2012-01-31
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Tony Swan Tony Swan 7.2 out of 10 2012 MINI Roadster Convertible

The Mini Roadster offers a lot of behind-the-wheel pleasure, enhanced here by sun-in-face, etc. Ride quality can be punishing, but the pros outweigh the cons here. Your lone passenger will feel flattered, and you’ll have the most stylish Mini yet created.

Detroit Free Press

08/09/12
2012-08-09
85
100

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Mark Phelan Mark Phelan Score Pending 2012 MINI Roadster Convertible

The 2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster squeezes the brand’s signature style and performance into a new body, but fails to provide a compelling reason to choose it over the more useable Mini Cooper S convertible.

Washington Post

05/19/12
2012-05-19
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Warren Brown Warren Brown 7.3 out of 10 2012 MINI Roadster Convertible

There is little reason to buy the Cooper JCW other than the joy of driving. Its cargo capacity is paltry, it is noisy at highway speeds and for all of its enhancements, I cannot say that it drives much better than the substantially less expensive base Cooper convertible.

Edmunds.com

02/17/12
2012-02-17
81
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Alistair Weaver Alistair Weaver Score Pending 2012 MINI Roadster Convertible

The 2012 Mini Roadster Cooper S’s funky styling scores it some points, but it’s not enough to make up for its other notable shortcomings. Mini is justifiably proud of its “go-kart” handling, but it shouldn’t have to be accompanied by a go-kart ride quality.

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