Alternatives

Used Mini Roadster 12-15 review

(2012 - 2015)
Used Mini Roadster 12-15
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mini Roadster sports?

The iconic MX-5 is the car most people would think of as a natural rival for the Roadster, and age-for-age we’d be thinking of the third-generation model here. The MX-5 is one of the best-driving cars available, regardless of budget or badge, and both hard and soft-top models are impressively agile. The steering is precise and full of feel, while the rear-wheel-drive chassis offers fluid handling with multitudes of grip. Used examples are always temptingly priced and there are always plenty of them to choose from.

The Audi TT is one of our favourite cars, whether as a closed coupé or an open-top roadster. It's thrilling to drive, with a great range of engines and beautiful handling. It's a great buy, especially used, where prices are surprisingly competitive, although this is one area in which the Roadster might score over it, because its prices are generally lower like-for-like.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Mini Roadster sports?

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Verdict

The Mini Roadster is quick, sharp and agile but let down by its choppy ride and poor refinement

  • Roomy interior
  • Quick steering
  • High quality materials
  • Choppy ride
  • Not as stiff as Coupe model
  • Noisy