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Published Date: 31/10/2017

Recent years have seen us Brits enjoying ‘Indian summers’ which, for people who really enjoy driving, are great opportunities to experience open-top motoring during months when the roads are a little quieter. MINI cars are all about fun, so the question is whether the Coupé or Roadster is the right one for you.

Dramatic or sportily sophisticated – you choose

Just looking at the MINI Coupé gets one’s heart racing, its dramatic sloping contrast roofline, sleek curves, smart alloys, eye-catching spoilers and aggressive front styling giving it a truly dynamic presence even when it’s standing still. Funky colours and attractive stripe decals bring out its sporty personality even further.

The MINI Roadster looks more like the conventional hatchback but has a beautiful fabric roof that lowers in mere seconds to get the sun on your head and the wind in your hair. The shiny roll bars ooze class, and exciting alloy wheels plus loads of customisable trim options are once again available to make the muscular Roadster your own.

Conclusion: The MINI Coupé has sporty looks that will grab attention everywhere

Designer interiors

One of the many super-cool things about MINIs is how much they can be customised to suit their owners, from the ‘colour line’, dashboard and other surfaces; to the seats, steering wheel and ambient lighting.

The MINI Coupé is a low-slung sports car with a driving position and cabin designed to maximise thrills. The central speedometer and circular dials are inspired by the classic MINI and the whole interior experience sees British flair combined with German precision and quality. The Coupé has the largest boot at 280 litres, with a high opening and a low lip making it fantastically practical for road-trip luggage on weekends away.

Also a two-seater, the Roadster convertible’s hatchback height provides greater visibility and access. Its interior is equally a work of art, a real talking point full of beautiful details unique to the brand. Buying a pre-owned Roadster is a really clever way to indulge in the most luxurious customised options at the best price. Fresh air indulgence is what the Roadster is all about and the options list even includes an ‘Always Open Timer’ that displays how many hours the roof’s been lowered. A safe car with four fast airbags, the MINI Roadster offers an impressive 240 litres of boot space.

Both of these sporty cars’ interiors can be found with MINI’s Connected infotainment system, which is iPhone compatible, while the optional harman/kardon hi-fi system delivers awesome sound to really bring the open road to life.

Conclusion: To max out on MINI’s go-kart driving DNA, go for the Coupé.

Go-kart fun guaranteed

Providing feel-good driving thrills by the bucket-load, both the MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster are based on sporty chassis and each is kept firmly planted to the road by a dynamic rear spoiler that lifts at 50mph, or manually at the touch of a button.

  • MINI Coupé engines kick off with the 1.6-litre petrol Cooper that produces a zesty 122bhp, accelerates to 62mph in 9 seconds and can reach a 127mph top speed. It’s an economical engine, helping the Cooper Coupé to average 52.3mpg combined.
  • In the mid-range, the Cooper S model pumps out a feisty 184bhp, gets to 62mph in 6.9 seconds and averages 48.7mpg, and the diesel Cooper SD Coupé variant has the most grunt with a 0-62mph time of under 8 seconds and sips fuel at 65.7mpg combined.
  • For all-out fire-breathing MINI Coupé excitement, the range-topping John Cooper Works edition fits the bill nicely with 211bhp and a 6.4-seconds acceleration time combined with a top speed of 149mph, enough to trouble many much more expensive sports cars.

The MINI Roadster is offered with the same range of engines sharing identical horsepower and torque figures, but its 0-62mph times, top speeds and combined fuel consumption statistics are slightly down compared with the Coupé. This is because it’s a tiny bit heavier, but fractional performance differences are hardly noticeable in reality.

Conclusion: The best all-rounder is the Cooper S.

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Standing out from the crowd is guaranteed with the MINI Coupé and Roadster, which both have go-kart driving fun woven into their DNA. The Coupé is especially rare and eye-catching, while the Roadster looks classy wherever it goes – and both can be found with sweet engines that tick all the boxes.


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