The 2022 model year brings its share of changes over at MINI. For the update, the British manufacturer’s designers refreshed the front of the car, added new colors to the roof/mirrors duo as well as some other changes to the interior. Is it for the better? Let’s take a closer look.
Since it arrived on the market for the 2014 model year, it has sold over 500,000 units worldwide. Also, despite a tumultuous 2020, the MINI Cooper 5-door found more than 56,000 buyers last year, MINI mentions.
As previously mentioned, several things have improved for 2022. What hasn’t changed, however, are the engines offered. In the 2022 MINI Cooper 5-door, the 1.5L three-cylinder engine develops 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. In the Cooper S, the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder still offers 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.
The biggest change is undoubtedly the MINI Cooper’s front-end facelift, with a new hexagonal grille and body-colored bumper giving the hatchback a more sophisticated look. In addition, vertical air intakes now replace the fog lights.
The interior has also evolved with a new central dashboard that includes a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen. Add to that the redesigned multi-function button panels on the steering wheel and improved lighting features that add to the driving experience at night, and you have a 5-door MINI Cooper with some tasteful and much-appreciated changes.
Now, let’s take a look at the 2022 MINI Cooper 5-door and see if it’s worth it for you or not:
Why you should buy a 2022 MINI Cooper 5-door:
The Cooper S, the tested model, offers an accomplished driving experience that puts a smile on your face every time. The 2.0L turbo engine also sounds exhilarating, especially in sport mode.
With almost endless color combinations and a long list of options, MINI is sure to have something to suit your taste.
The look is almost timeless and always in style.
The unique interior is packed with both standard and available technologies, such as an 8.8″ touchscreen center stack, CarPlay, heated steering wheel, and ambient lighting choices.
Why you should not buy a 2022 MINI Cooper 5-door:
Although a 5-door car, its design makes ingress and egress difficult through the rear doors. The space available to sit a young child in a rear-facing seat is, shall we say, rather limited.
Compared to its competitors, it’s not exactly practical with a cargo area barely larger than the 3-door Cooper’s trunk.
Things can quickly get out of hand price-wise when you choose from the long list of options.
This facelift, part of the MINI’s 20th-anniversary celebrations, is well executed. Despite the lack of cargo space and the narrowness of the rear doors, the 5-door Cooper charmed me from start to finish.
Of course, the responsiveness and sound of the engine (Cooper S) add a lot to the driving pleasure. That said, the same smile can be found with the Cooper’s 3-cylinder engine.
Finally, after 20 years, we can say that the MINI brand aging well.