The 2020 BMW Mini Cooper SE will be an all-electric version of the car. Mini has had a long history of building cars that have a go-cart like design appeal. As the brand continues to make rapid advances in electrification, this is their first electricity-driven venture for the Cooper SE. The turbo Petrol engine of the Cooper SE will be replaced by the power engine found in BMW i3S. The car was launched in the United States in March 2020. The electric mini cooper release date in India will be somewhere in 2021 only. The exact date has not been revealed yet.
Features of the New BMW Mini Cooper SE
Since the launch of the car in the United States, the mini electric review has been both positive and negative. However, the car has managed to hit the popularity mark with many. Due to the low mini electric price, the car is a huge hit amongst the masses.
No Compromises Made to Take Away Driving Comfort
Unlike other Electric Vehicles available at an affordable range, BMW Mini Cooper SE does not compromise with driving comfort. The super low resistance tyres are replaced with high performanceEagle F1 tyres.BMW has promised to deliver the same driving experience that the petrol-driven model delivered
BMW Mini Cooper SE The Same Cabin Space
The lithium-ion battery which is of 33kWh has been designed in T shape and placed under the floor. This ensures less intrusion into the cabin space for passengers and drivers. The electric version claims to have the same seating arrangement and interior space as the Mini Cooper Hatch.
Better Road Holding and Handling
The car’s height was increased by 15 mm to balance the need for ground clearance and accommodate the battery. Even though the electric vehicle is tall, the battery lowers the car’s centre of gravity. This will ensure better handling and road-holding for the car.
A“Friend Close By “ Signal
To recreate the combustion sound and warn other vehicles of Mini’s presence, the car has been equipped with its own electronically generated sound when the car is at lower speeds. This will help the other cars get a heads up about the approaching Mini Cooper SE.
Resemblance with Previous Versions
The mini electric cooper has a lot of similarities in design to its predecessors. Unlike the i3 has a completely different look, Mini has preserved its design and unchanged body. It’s only a closer look that will help you recognize the distinguishing features.
The Driving Modes
The bmw electric car offers four driving modes
- Green+ – The Green + mode helps shut down features that are utilizing a lot of power. You can switch off the air conditioning, lights, seat heating feature through the Green+ mode.
- Mid – The mid mode is the default mode with a balanced performance
- Sport – The sport mode allows to adjust throttle and power, adjust damper settings, interior lighting and the engine sound.
- Green – the Green mode helps make the vehicle more efficient and regulates the fuel responsiveness
BMW Mini Cooper SE Engine Performance
EVDB Real Range
|Vehicle Consumption||156 Wh/km|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/km|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||1.8 l/100km|
|Rated Consumption||152 Wh/km|
|Vehicle Consumption||124 Wh/km|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/km|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||1.4 l/100km|
The front-wheel drive motor produces 180 horsepower and 269.80777 Newton-Meter. The source power is from a 32.6 kWh lithium battery. The car provides fast acceleration and can hit 60mph in 6.9 seconds. The vehicle can reach the highest speed of 93 mph. Additionally, there are two modes for regenerative braking. The aggressive braking mode allows driving like a golf cart. A single lift off the throttle will have enough braking power to drive using only the throttle pedal. The other braking mode will allow the car to be driven like a non-electrical version.
Charging & Battery Life
On full charging, the Driving range for the Electric Mini BMW Cooper SE has been estimated to be around 110 miles. Other EV like the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf offers shorter distances. The 32.6 -kWh battery can be charged to eighty-five percent in under forty minutes. The two-mode regenerative braking system contributes significantly to increase and maintain the battery charge.
BMW Mini Cooper SE Comfortable Interiors
The car features a 5.5 inches digital gauge that will display the battery level. The digital gauge will also display the driving range, navigation information and some other functions of the infotainment unit. The car has been designed to accommodate four people. The car has an inbuilt dual climate zone controller and heated front seats. There is a new heat pump design in the passenger cabin that utilizes seventy-five percentage lesser energy. The cargo room and back seat are congested when compared with the gas-powered predecessor. The traffic updates will be linked automatically to the display unit of the BMW electric mini cooper. The car also helps you locate the nearby public charging station in situations where there is less charging to reach the destination. The car comes with a head-up display, matrix LED. cordless phone charging in the central armrest.
BMW Mini Cooper SE Better Connectivity
There is a standard 6.5 inches touchscreen unit for navigation. The Apple CarPlay is integrated into this unit. The passengers can control the car’s interior temperature with the help of a smartphone application. This helps the passengers cool or heat the car without getting into the car. The Mini features a Harma/Kardon system for audio. The Mini Cooper SE features wireless charging technology.
Advanced Driver Assistance Features
The driver assistance features in the new Mini Cooper include forward collision warning and pedestrian detection technology. The car also features windshield wipers and a headlight with advanced rain-sensing technology. Automated emergency braking, Front and rear parking sensors and self-parking assistance are some of the latest features enabled in the new Mini Cooper SE.
Longer Warranty Period
The car provides a better warranty plan when compared with its competitors. It also comes with a scheduled maintenance facility. The limited warranty and powertrain warranty covers for four years or 50,000 miles. The electrical components are supported by a warranty for eight years of 1,00,000 miles. BMW also offers complimentary maintenance for 3 years or 36,000 miles.
Competitor Pricing Comparison
|Electric Vehicles||Starting Price|
|Tesla Model S||Starting at $70,620|
|Polestar Polestar 2||Starting at $61,200|
|Audi e-tron||Starting at $66,995|
|Jaguar I-Pace||Starting at $71,000|
|Mercedes Benz EQC||Starting at $68,895|
|Mini Cooper Electric||Starting at $30,750|
As compared to the other electric vehicles, the electric mini cooper price is fairly less. The car is available for only $30,750 dollars while their counterparts are selling at double prices. The car is expected to be launched in the Indian market for Rs 50,00,000. The car will be costly in India as it is being launched as a completely built unit.