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Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

As with all Minis, the entry point to the Roadster doesn’t come cheap, with a pre-options price of more than £19,000 that is perilously easy to add to with very little effort at all. In fact, some might suggest that a modern Mini without options is no Mini at all; certainly, it’ll be more difficult to resell one without a few desirable add-ons.

Still, for all the performance, this is a small car with a relatively efficient engine, so you should expect to better the fuel economy we averaged, which included a day’s hard use at our test track. Of course, if you desire greater efficiency from your Roadster, the lower-powered models will deliver. The Cooper delivers a claimed fuel consumption figure of nearly 50mpg (49.6) whilst the Cooper SD should deliver 62.8mpg. However, in our long-term experience of an SD hatch, a real world figure in the high 40s is probably more likely.

You’ll do well to get out of the showroom without spending thousands on options. Chili Pack, heated seats and eight-year fixed-price servicing are all must-haves

Residuals should be fine, too. This will be one of the slower-selling new Minis, so values should hold firm due to its scarcity on the used market in the months and years to come. The Roadster is predicted to retain a 14 percent advantage on showroom price over a Mazda MX-5 after three years.

Unlike with more humdrum Minis, we suppose it’s easier to justify the Roadster’s premium tag when you consider its natural rivals, like the MX-5, are equally or more highly priced specialist drop-tops