Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster

Mini Cooper Roadster 2012

The Mini Cooper Roadster was made in conjunction with the Mini Coupe, but went on sale four months prior to the Coupe. It is the sixth Mini version since 2001 when BMW revived the brand. The Roadster is a sportier version that has appeal to those who like comparable vehicles such as the Porsche Boxster, Audi TT, and the BMW Z4. The Roadster is a convertible that comes in the same versions as the other Minis, such as the base, S, and John Cooper Works models. It can also be customized to your liking.

Key Features

The Roadster comes with a 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine that offers 121hp at 6,000 rpm. Expect to get around 27 mpg when driving in the city and 35 mpg when driving on the highway. The vehicle offers 114 pounds per foot of torque at 4,250 rpm. Standard features include MP3 compatible audio, leather wrapped steering wheel, trip computer, 16 inch aluminum alloy wheels, air conditioning, and fog lights.

Changes for 2012

This is the first Mini Cooper Roadster ever and the first two seater convertible for the Mini line.

What We Like

The Mini Cooper Roadster has a larger trunk than the convertible, it is 8.5 cubic feet making it better to transport cargo in. It also has a trapdoor behind the seats to allow passengers to store bags and other necessities in the trunk without having to stop the vehicle. Another cool feature is the Openometer, which tracks how often the car has its top down. The higher the number, the more you ride around with the top down.

What Concerns Us

The Roadster is a two seated sports car, so if you are needing something with luggage space or to carry a few passengers around you are going to be disappointed. Furthermore, if you live in winter climates, the Roadster might be best kept inside as it may not perform during bad conditions.

Available Models

The Mini Cooper Roadster come in the base, S, and John Cooper Works models. The horsepower for the S version is 181 where the John Cooper Works offers 208hp. All models come with the 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine, just the S and John Cooper Works models are turbocharged.

Major Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster.

Common Issues

Common complaints include the vehicle being expensive to maintain, paint is not very durable, and the lack of legroom.

Mini Cooper Roadster 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...


Related questions

Q: Refrigerant leak

Hello. The refrigerant will commonly leak from components such as the AC O-rings or compressor, but it can also leak from many other places. I suggest you have a trained technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect your AC system to locate...

Q: Opinion on Subaru Impreza symmetrical all-wheel system

It's a very interesting system and generally it works quite well. But, for the rest of the car--Subarus are notorious for blowing head gaskets and if they have automatic transmission, automatic transmissions are known for wearing out. So if you...

Q: Should the lights on the Rev counter be red when car is running?

The engine is designed to not go over a certain amount of RPM or engine damage can result. If you look in any vehicle that has an RPM gauge, it will have what is called a red line that the...