Mini Roadster gunning for Mazda's MX-5

Sean Carson
MINI Roadster
MINI Roadster


Mini has taken the covers off its new two-seater, the Mini Roadster, giving the world's most popular sportscar, Mazda's MX-5 something to think about.

The new car is based on the uniquely styled Mini Coupe and is a strict two-seater unlike its open-top cousin, the Mini Convertible. With prices starting at just £18,015 for the basic Mini Cooper Roadster, the conversely retro yet modern sportster is only £25 more expensive than the standard Mazda but boasts a faster top speed, and more importantly, significantly better emissions performance than the MX-5 at 133g/km CO2 compared to 167.