Buyer's Guide

2022 MINI Convertible
Select a Different Model (3 Available): Base Convertible
Fuel Economy $ 27 / 37 mpg
Horsepower 134@4,500
Torque 162@1,250
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2022 Mini Convertible MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Zippy even in base form
  • Unlike anything else on the road
  • Stiff chassis means fewer shakes and rattles

Cons

  • Rearward visibility is compromised, even with top down
  • Interior continues to prioritize form over function
  • Front-end revamp looks kludgy

If you're in the market for a stick-shift, four-seat convertible for under $30,000—well, you're looking at it. Bug-eyed and oozing cuteness, the Mini Convertible soldiers on into 2022 with a raft of small changes to keep it fresh.

What's New

  • Three new colors: Zesty Yellow, Rooftop Grey metallic, and Island Blue Metallic
  • Front bumper strip is now color-keyed
  • Conversely, Piano Black trim now adorns practically all the exterior contrasting trim
  • Front grille is larger
  • Lane departure warning is now standard
  • Black replaces chrome on inner headlight housings
  • Foglights are vanquished in favor of air inlets
  • Inside there are new designs for the dashboard, steering wheel, and air vents
  • Digital instrument cluster and 8.8-inch infotainment screen are now standard

What We Think

Though the Mini Convertible's underpinnings may be relatively unchanged since 2016, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Considering that the Mini seems to grow with every new generation, we're fine with its size staying put for the foreseeable.

Likewise, our opinion of the Mini Convertible remains the same. In our 2016 First Drive of the Mini Convertible Cooper S, we said that "the steering is typical Mini, meaning twitchy off-center with a surprising measure of torque steer." Hyper reflexes aside, "the Cooper S surprises with commendable body control, loads of grip, and traction control that genuinely helps put the power down without slowing the car."

As for the interior, it's also typical Mini, meaning that style, not logic, seems to define the placement of many a button and switch. The parking brake smacks into the armrest, for example, and the iDrive-like controller is awkwardly placed in the center console.

Like any convertible, these faults can be overlooked the moment the top is put down. But the Mini's short size means the top doesn't fully retract into the body, hampering rearward visibility. But if that's the price to pay for style, that price is still less than $30,000. If a cheeky convertible is on your list, we'd say the trade-offs might be worth it.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2022 Mini Convertible is available with three engine options, ranging from mild to spicy hot and all driving the front wheels.

Cooper models feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder generating 136 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Six-speed manual versions return 27/37 mpg city/highway and 29/38 with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. With either transmission, the Cooper will scoot from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.

Cooper S models feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which produces 192 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, again with your choice of transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 23/33 mpg with either transmission, and the 0-60 time drops to 6.7 seconds.

The Mini John Cooper Works features a hotter version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that makes 231 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. Exclusively mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, 0-60 arrives in 6.3 seconds.

Safety

Mini's Active Driving Assistant is standard, which bundles together forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and front automatic emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control is only available on the Signature and Iconic trims as part of the Driver Assistance package, which also includes automatic parking assist. Lane departure warning is now standard.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Mini Convertible seats four, with a respectable 41.4 inches of legroom up front but just 30.9 inches for those crammed in the back. Cargo capacity measures a tiny 5.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat, which expands to a slightly better 7.6 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

Technology

Mini's infotainment system now features a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay connectivity is available via the Connected Navigation package. Uplevel trims are also offered with a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

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2022 MINI CONVERTIBLE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 3-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 7 Speed Manual (GD7F32AG)
Trim
Base Convertible
Class
Convertible
Horsepower
134@4,500
Standard MPG
27/37
Body Style
Convertible
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 MINI announce a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible college graduates when financed through MINI Financial Services. 01-03-2022
$1000 Mini announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models for eligible current owners who pre-order a MINI. 01-03-2022
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 39, 42, 48, 60 Months - Mini announces APR rates on select models. 01-03-2022
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Mini announces APR rates on select models. 01-03-2022