Hybrids & Electrics

Is the Mini Cooper Electric Worth It?

It’s hard to find a city cruiser that’s as fun to drive as a Mini Cooper. Because of this, many enthusiasts agree that the Mini lineup is worth the higher price tag. However, some critics still aren’t convinced that the Mini Cooper SE electric model is worth buying. Here we will help you determine if this Mini option is right for you.

Mini’s first-ever all-electric model

The Mini Cooper SE is all-new for 2020 and serves as Mini’s first proper electric vehicle. At the time of its original announcement, people were excited, yet skeptical of the Mini SE. Unlike other EVs that boast incredible electric ranges, the Mini SE is on the skimpier side. But this is actually what makes the all-electric Mini more appealing.

The Mini SE only gets 110 miles of electric range. But at the same time, experts at Car and Driver have pointed out that most drivers don’t need much more than that for their everyday commutes. The Mini SE’s lower electric range and small battery pack translate to more space on the inside and lower curb weight. This also means that the Mini SE is one of the cheaper options in its class

So, no, the Mini SE is not particularly impressive when it comes to its electric range. However, if you can get past this, the Mini SE can be considered as a bargain buy. The model starts at $29,900 and with the $7500 federal tax credit, it’s an even more affordable EV option. This is all to say that the Mini SE is worth it if its electric range fits into your daily driving life. 

Is the Mini SE still fun to drive?

MINI Electric or Mini Cooper SE compact all electric retro design car on display at Brussels Expo
The Mini Cooper SE | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

Even with its non-traditional power source, the Mini SE still offers the same driving dynamics that we expect from the conventional Minis. It comes with an electric motor that garners a 181 horsepower and has no problem with accelerating to higher speeds. 

The Mini SE can go from 0 to 60 mph in about seven seconds which is impressive. Overall, this EV feels responsive and energetic. To make matters more convenient, the Mini SE comes with an SAE Combo 50-kW charger that can give it an 80 percent power boost within 40 minutes. 

Available trim levels 

The entry-level Signature trim comes with many desirable features including attractive faux leather upholstery, heated seats, a navigation system, and Apple CarPlay but there’s no Android Auto connectivity. Next up is the Signature Plus trim which features 17-inch wheels, a panoramic moonroof, as well as rear-park distance control. For more in-car electronics, you might want to consider the Iconic trim which offers a large infotainment touchscreen display and wireless phone charging. 

Other options to consider

If you are still weighing the pros and cons of the Mini SE’s electric range, you might also want to consider other models like the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq. The Ioniq features three different electrified powertrains and comes with a long list of standard features. You might also want to look into other popular go-to’s like the Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf.