2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible

MSRP $35,845 - $46,710

Ranked #3 in Convertible

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Ever wondered what if platitude becomes a symbol of class and pure genius? If not then this might be the time for you as the 2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible is making its presence and it is not all a silent one. Fresh styling and an exciting pursuit of trimming all over the curvature with that same persona is a simple note description of the all-new Mini Cooper S. The driving will certainly feel more breezy and the road presence will likely enhance your all day long travel attitude.

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Pros

Fuel economy

Safety assists

Cons

Comparatively underpowered

Range could have been improved

What's New?

New wheel setup

Fresh Grille designs

Exterior styling and coloring


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35845

bodystyle

4dr Convertible

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

268 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 ft-lbs. @ 1950 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.9 in.

length

191.4 in.

width

73.7 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3655 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

55 cu ft.

payload capacity

893 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/31 mpg

highway range

539.4 mi. mi.

warranty

basic warranty

6 yr./ 72000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 72000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$35,845 onwards

SE R-Line$37,110 onwards

SEL$39,995 onwards

SEL R-Line$41,260 onwards

SEL Premium$44,945 onwards

SEL Premium R-Line$46,210 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible in Admiral Blue Metallic color
Admiral Blue Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Available in the three variants, the starting price of the convertible is $31,900 exclusive of all taxes and its motion is against the flow of the Ford Mustang Convertible, BMW 2-Series Convertible, and Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster. The competitors are no joke in any sense and have got a high status in their peers. It will be a tough path to travel for the Mini to reach the panacea.

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Features

The 2022 Mini Cooper S is coming in three trim levels namely Classic, Signature, and Iconic. Each one of them is one of a kind considering their assets on offer. The Classic trim has been adorned with the Carbon Black Leatherette upholstery on its seats which feels exceptionally premium in its appeal. The seats tend to get power-heating incorporated into it as we enter the Signature and Iconic cabin. The likes of the 8.8” display along with a Six speaker audio system is something that has been kept consistent across all trim but it is the wheel setup that might differ in their size as per trim hierarchy. The 16" alloy wheels come as a standard option which gets bigger and better when attached with the frame in the Signature and Iconic trims.

Trims

Classic

Signature

Iconic

MSRP(FWD)

$31,900

$35,900

$39,400

Key Features

16" alloy wheels

All features are included with additional assets:

All features are included of Classic and Signature with additional assets:

 

TwinPower Turbo, 2.0-liter, inline -4

Heated Seats

Touchscreen Navigation Plus package

 

VANOS

17" alloy wheels

Heated Nappa Leather Steering Wheel

 

Carbon Black Leatherette upholstery

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Piano Black Exterior Trim

 

Media System with 8.8" Display

Fully recessed active rollover protection system

MINI Heads Up Display

 

Park Distance Control

LED Union Jack tail lights

Harman/Kardon Premium Sound System

 

MINI Driving Modes - Sport, Mid, Green

Storage Package

Apple CarPlay

 

Dynamic Cruise Control

7-Speed Sport Dual Clutch Transmission

 
 

Dynamic Stability Control

   
 

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

   
 

ISOFIX

   
 

Forward Collision Warning

   

As far as the tech assists for an amateur or experienced driver is concerned, one is entitled to avail of the algorithms of complexities like the Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Cruise Control. On top of that, we are also about to revisit the Dynamic Stability Control and MINI Driving Modes which are meant for handling stability and driving maneuverability respectively in conjunction with one another. Moreover, there are a few more segments where the base might be a feature-deficit as it has been kept devoid of ambiance comforts such as the Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control. Apart from these, there are some additional packages as well that can be availed of by paying some extra bucks. The list includes the names of the Signature Upholstery at $2,000 with which one gets the privilege to change the accents to Black Pearl Leatherette and TouchScreen Navigation Plus. All in one, it houses plenty of value-added services at its disposal.

Which Trim should you buy?

The cost sheet is the one that might push us to be restrained in our expenditure. Keeping this in mind, the most valuable investment among all is the Signature trim for multiple reasons. One of the primitive ones is the parallel performance throughout the trim strata. Then cometh the comfort and convenience, without a doubt, the Classic misses a few of the must-have features like the exclusive packages, heat-assist, and automatic temperature modulation while the Iconic costs too much for the same. Therefore, it has to be the Signature trim as it sits in the middle of both the price tag and important features list.

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Release Date

The Mini Cooper S Convertible is expected to be released by the end of this year but the current pandemic situation might impede the progress which is why there is no official announcement to date.

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Engine and Performance

The 2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible has been given no variation in its powertrain package unlike its trims and they all come equipped with a TwinPower Turbo, 2.0-liter inline-4 engine which churns out a power of 192 hp @ 6000 rpm and a complementary torque of 206 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm. The standard FWD also remains the same in the Mini Cooper S Convertible in the 2022 year with its 6-speed manual transmission. But that 6-speed manual can be further upgraded to 7-Speed Sport Dual Clutch Transmission in the Signature and Iconic trims. As a result of this coupling of drivetrain and powertrain, we witness an acceleration from 0-60 mph within 6.7 seconds with a top speed of up to 149 mph. The figures might be enough for your exhilaration with three different driving modes of Sport, Mid, and Green.

Models

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible

2021 Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster

2021 BMW 2-Series Convertible

2021 Ford Mustang Convertible

MSRP

$31,900

$32,195

$41,500

$32,655

Engine

TwinPower Turbo, 2.0-liter, inline-4

2.0L naturally aspirated Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.3L turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

192 hp @ 6000 rpm

181hp @7000rpm

248 hp @ 5,200 RPM

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

206 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

151lb-ft@4000rpm

258 lb-ft @1,450 RPM

350 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

6.7

6.1

5.3

5

Quarter Mile (sec)

N/A

N/A

13.9

14.1

Top Speed (mph)

149

135

144

155

In terms of comparison, the figures might seem to disappoint you a bit as the Cooper S is the most sluggish among all. That being said, the performance figures are also underappreciated on paper when brought straight up against the rivals. The ability to achieve the acceleration feat in less than 5.5 seconds is one of the fortes of the leaders in this segment. But when it is a matter of long mile racing the Cooper S’s high-speed maneuvering might make up for its performance curve by being on the podium just behind the Mustang.

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Fuel Economy

The decent performance dynamics of the Mini Cooper S are supported by a parallel return on fuel economy as one hits 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highways, and 30 mpg overall. And when it is coupled with its 11.6-gallon fuel tank, the range coverage goes up to 313 miles for city drives making intracity and intercity travels a practical target. The numbers do crunch to hike to 394 miles on the highways as well. Though the figures are enough for your hauling, it is still relatively way behind the benchmarks.

Models

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible

2021 Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster

2021 BMW 2-Series Convertible

2021 Ford Mustang Convertible

MPG (City)

27

26

23

20

MPG (Highway)

34

34

33

28

MPG (Combined)

30

29

27

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.6

11.9

13.7

16

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

313/ 394/ 348

309/ 405/ 345

315.10 / 452.1 / 369.9

320/ 448/ 368

In the midst of the fuel crisis, it is rightly said that every drop counts. Well, that might not be the case for machinery like the Mustang Convertible and BMW 2-Series Convertible as they have a higher appetite than the Cooper S but it is their fuel tank capacities of 16 and 13.7-gallons, that give them an edge over the latter with their range limit of nearly 450 miles each. This drives us to conclude that mere mileage is not enough for the Mini Cooper S to stay relevant in this fierce casino. The Mazda MX5 Miata roadster is the closest competitor to the Mini in this aspect averaging almost similar efficiency and range.

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Interior

If more than 30 grand is on the line, then expect no less than any exotic ambiance inside the cabin. Well, the sentiment has been very well taken by the designers while sketching the Mini Cooper S as the 2022 model year gets Piano Black surfacing along with Carbon Black Leatherette right from the base unit. The accent does have a shade that seems to intensify with optional Chesterfield Leather Malt Brown and Black Pearl with Silver Chequered clouding as per trim level. But with these sorts of touches, the Mini lacks the basic power-adjustability that might have made it a cornerstone by a far mile but that’s that and we have to bear that incompetency. 

Once done with that, we come to realize that the interior is not just a melange of accent rather an array of perfectly organized arrangements considering the real-time scenario. This brings the ISOFIX Child Seat Restraint System, high-bolstering on the seats, and 50/50 split-folding rear seatback into the limelight. On the whole, it is very difficult to pinpoint a flaw in it as they are few and subtle.

Models

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible

2021 Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster

2021 BMW 2-Series Convertible

2021 Ford Mustang Convertible

Seating Capacity

4

2

4

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.8/51/41.4

36.8/52.2/43.1

40.5/54.4/41.5

37.4/54.8/41.2

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39/39.7/30.9

N/A

37/42.2/31.8

36.3/45.7/31.9

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

7.6

4.5

11.8

11.4

One is going to be satisfied with the accent and cabin space management of the Mini Cooper S. The roominess is at par with all the other rivals. One more generic statement among them is their capacity to accommodate 4 in a go, preferably children at the back, except for the MX5 Miata that comes with a two-seat configuration. The same is not true for the cargo capacity but the variation can be let go, considering the other assets it offers. There is no specific favorite among them, hence, we limit our liking and rate them equally desirable in this sector.

Some of the features are:

  • ISOFIX Child Seat Restraint System
  • 50/50 split-folding rear seatback
  • Carbon Black Leatherette 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheels
  • Power-heated seats
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

How intuitive is the 2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment is as impressive as its interior accent. Rich in every possible way, the 2022 Mini Cooper S surely has this category to its advantage. Starting from the Six speaker audio system that comes as a standard and can be upgraded in the Harman/Kardon Premium Sound System in the Iconic trim. Just like an enriched musical experience, one will be at ease while interacting with the 8.8" touchscreen display which is empowered with remote connected services. The dashboard is pretty symmetrical and attached to it comes the Multifunctional digital instrument display. Further adding to these values, there are some other standard features like the SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and HD radio.

The beauty does not end here and its imagery continues to embezzle our much-diverted focus with its Touchscreen Navigation Plus package and MINI Heads Up Display that has been embedded for the highest trim. One of the upsets that are visible is the absence of Apple CarPlay integration in the lower trims. Only Iconic trim gets that privacy in this trim strata. Apart from this, we regard this column as a plus mark for the Mini Cooper S.

Some of the features are:

  • MINI Heads Up Display
  • Six speaker audio system
  •  SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • HD Radio
  • 8.8" touchscreen display
  • Touchscreen Navigation Plus package

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Exterior

Cooper, by no means, is just a car as its silhouette represents a legacy that has been crafted by its sculptors after years of hard work and intense passion. The essence is perfectly restored in the upcoming 2022 model year as well. Mini Cooper S has undergone a few upgrades like the front and rear grilles have been given a revamp from the scratch with those large automatic headlights with which it radiates soberness in its styling. All Piano Black format with exterior coloring contrasts such as the Enigmatic Black Metallic, British Racing Green IV Metallic, and 

Island Blue Metallic is also there to make it look stand out in the crowd. Not just that, the attention to detail is so apt that either it is the 16" Revolite Spoke wheels or 17" Tentacle Spoke Silver alloy wheels or 18" Pulse Spoke 2-tone wheels, the charm remains at the peak. In addition to all these, the Power-folding convertible soft top is just a prerequisite which makes it more lively than ever.

Models

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible

2021 Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster

2021 BMW 2-Series Convertible

2021 Ford Mustang Convertible

Curb Weight (lbs)

3018

2403

3680

3642

Length (inches)

152.8

154.1

174.7

188.3

Width (inches)

68

68.3

69.8

75.4

Height (inches)

55.7

48.8

55.6

54.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.5

5.3

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

98.2

90.9

105.9

107.1

One of the most compact among all the rivals, the Cooper S is a gem in its class but just compactness is not the only factor to gauge the overall stability. The best example to concrete that statement is that of the Ford Mustang which has that handling perspective despite being lengthier and wider sporting a wheelbase of 107.1 inches. It is a melange of aerodynamics, cornering control, and lateral shifts to portray the final overview and by that philosophy, the other two that are the BMW 2-Series Convertible and Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster are also manageable to a large extent in this domain. 

Some of the features are:

  • 16" Revolite Spoke wheels
  • 18" Pulse Spoke 2-tone wheels
  • Power-folding convertible soft top
  • automatic headlights
  • All Piano Black format 
  •  Enigmatic Black Metallic accent

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Safety

It is accountability where the Mini Cooper S shines brighter than ever. Versatility is enough, to sum up, this section of this convertible. Availability of Active Driving Assistant, Active Rollover Protection System, and Dynamic Stability Control define its abilities to counter the upheavals with ease. The chassis is so alert with its inherent features such as the Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning that it is very difficult to lose vision of a safe journey. Liabilities are further reduced with the Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and 4-Wheel Anti-lock Braking System as the wheel slippage on hard braking is negated to the minimum without any compromise in its traction. The autonomy of this frame is exceptionally high as it is armed with the automatic headlights and 6-airbag system that automate on their own as per their necessities. 

Apart from tech-ends, the structural strength is also impressive as it scores “Good” in almost all the parameters of IIHS as per its 2021 model but the same can’t be concluded for the NHTSA for its untested stature to date. But we can be assured of its soundness and insulation by the very fact that it has heeded this much attention to the alternatives.

Some of the features are:

  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Active Rollover Protection System
  • Active Driving Assistant

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Competition

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible vs. 2021 Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster

Probably the closest rival among all is the 2021 Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster which is in line with the former in almost all aspects, be it performance, handling, fuel mileage, and range coverage. The MX5 Miata takes an edge over the Cooper S with better acceleration while the latter gets the lead in straight-mile racing with a better top speed. Dimension-wise, we don’t see any huge offset except their weight. But for the same exterior outfit, the Cooper S does allow you to seat 4 in a go. Thus, exactly because of this extra bit, the practicality favors the Mini badge over the Mazda. So coming within competitive price tags only, our inclination is towards the Mini for the time being.  

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible vs. 2021 BMW 2-Series Convertible

The market is divided into two sectors, one which is driven by exterior styling and the other is inspired by the fact-based datasheet. In both parameters, the BMW 2-Series Convertible is a clear favorite. Name it and it sure does have it. Be it performance dynamics or range practicality, the BMW outclasses the Mini quite comfortably. The rival has not given an inch to Cooper S to even express itself as the former squeezed past it with an equivalent accent but better cabin spaciousness and arrangement. Yet it is not like the Cooper is not content in its cabin, it’s just not in linearity with what BMW offers. From an overall perspective, the preference should be given to the BMW 2-Series Convertible.

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible vs. 2021 Ford Mustang Convertible

Without a doubt, an epitome in this segment is the Ford Mustang Convertible. Priced almost equally to the Cooper S yet the Mustang can easily get the better of the former. Not just better than the Cooper S but the best figures among all the rivals with exceptional dynamics to limit that demonic power put it right on top of all the badges out there in this segment. The same is translated in its range prowess and safety assists as well. A perfect blend of thrust and the corresponding sporty cabin is something that is unusual in this market and Ford Mustang offers that because of which its valuation is far bigger than what the cost sheet may ask you to pay. The Mustang has that iconic look as well which has a bigger fan base than that of the Mini. Therefore, our analysis favors Mustang Convertible.

2022 Mini Cooper S Convertible Final Verdict

As mentioned earlier, when viewed individually, the Mini Cooper S appears to be a promising convertible in all categories but the moment isolation is scraped off, its limitations become evident and get exposed. One can enjoy the ride as the cabin is well-insulated and handling is also decent which are one of the key factors in it. Moreover, the price tag is also affordable to many but there are definitely much better options available in the market that must be given first preference over it.