For The JCW delivers awesome mid-range thrust, while its exhaust pops and bangs addictively – especially when the car is in Sport mode.
Against The ride is so firm that nasty bumps can bounce the car off-line and send shudders through its cabin and steering wheel.
What Car? says
The Cooper S is significantly cheaper than this JCW model and it’s slightly more supple ride means it’s actually more fun more of the time. It’s where our money would go.
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Target Price team says:
The Mini Roadster range doesn’t really have trim levels as such. Instead, there are four models that feature different engines, but the same basic kit.
All models get a part-electric roof as standard and this folds neatly behind the seats without impinging on boot space. As a bonus, it can be operated at speeds of up to 20mph, although it takes a bit of muscle to clip it to the top of the windscreen.
Whichever version of the Roadster you buy, consider taking out one of the two low-cost, fixed-price servicing packages: tlc and tlc xl. The first of these covers all scheduled servicing for five years or 50,000 miles (whichever comes first) and the second for eight years or 80,000 miles.