• 2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery

    On a market where Tesla is setting the standards...
  • Coming with something is not really worthy is pretty much pointless...
  • But Mini decided to give it a try
  • And they developed an electric version of the famous Cooper
  • The company says it already has 15,000 orders on the U.S. market...
  • And the 2020 Cooper EV will arrive in the U.S. showrooms in early March of 2020
  • The starting price is $29,900 before delivery fees
  • But the Cooper EV is eligible for federal EV credit of up to $7,500
  • However, even with a price of $20,000 is it really worth to buying the Cooper EV?
  • Lets see...
  • The 2020 Cooper EV comes with an electric motor that delivers 181 horsepower and 199 pound feet of torque
  • The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is done in 7.3 seconds
  • And top speed is only 93 mph
  • But the most embarrassing thing for the Cooper EV is the 168 miles range
  • its direct competitors easily go above 200 miles...
  • The Nissan Leaf+ has a range of 226 miles
  • And the Chevy Bolt 238 miles
  • The only compact electric with a lower range is the BMW i3S: 153 miles
  • Nothing major happened on the exterior either
  • So you can easily recognize the Cooper EV as a Mini
  • The front grille and the front bumper has an unique Mini Electric design
  • And the rear bumper was also redesigned to make the Cooper EV more "aerodynamic"
  • LED Headlights and Fog lights are offered as standard
  • And different elements painted in Vigorous Grey will help you to further identify the car
  • What's also unique are the 16" wheels with their ’asymmetric pieces’ kind of a design
  • The interior comes standard with a 6.5” navigation system
  • While a Carbon Black Leatherette Upholstery is also a unique feature
  • Just like the exterior, the interior gets different elements in Energetic yellow
  • But that's pretty much all that makes this car "special"
  • So does it worth the $29,000?
  • We think not! There are way better options out there

The Mini Cooper is now electric but it’s not without compromise

Mini is attempting to take the electric car market by storm, and it’s doing so with the 2020 Mini Cooper EV – a model that Mini claims it already has 15,000 orders for on the U.S. market alone. It comes with a 32.6 kWh battery that Mini says is good for 168 miles of range – a figure that’s considerably lower than the competition The Nissan Leaf +, for example, offers up 226 miles while the Chevy Bolt delivers 238 miles.

Range aside, the Mini Cooper EV has a single electric motor that’s good for 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Mini claims it’ll hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, so highway merging should be simple enough, but top speed is limited to 110 mph.

The interior isn’t all that different from the standard Cooper, but it does come with the 6.5-inch navigation system. There’s also a new “Dynamic Digital Instrument cluster” with a digital speedo and new indicators for charge level and range. Overall, however, the Cooper EV is a mini through and through.

As far as charging goes, there’s going to be a little bit of compromise. If you use the standard charging cable that Mini considers “occasional” and plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet, you’ll get a full charge in 24 hours. Us the TurboCord and a 240-volt outlet, and you’ll get a full charge overnight or in about 8 hours. The Level 2 home charger, that you’ll undoubtedly have to pay for, gives you a full charge in about 4 hours. A DC public charger system will give you an 80-percent charge in 40 minutes, so you’ll at least be okay out and about.

2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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On a market where Tesla is setting the standards...
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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Coming with something is not really worthy is pretty much pointless...
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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But Mini decided to give it a try
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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And they developed an electric version of the famous Cooper
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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The company says it already has 15,000 orders on the U.S. market...
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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And the 2020 Cooper EV will arrive in the U.S. showrooms in early March of 2020
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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The starting price is $29,900 before delivery fees
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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But the Cooper EV is eligible for federal EV credit of up to $7,500
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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However, even with a price of $20,000 is it really worth to buying the Cooper EV?
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Interior
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The 2020 Cooper EV comes with an electric motor that delivers 181 horsepower and 199 pound feet of torque
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is done in 7.3 seconds
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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And top speed is only 93 mph
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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But the most embarrassing thing for the Cooper EV is the 168 miles range
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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its direct competitors easily go above 200 miles...
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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The Nissan Leaf+ has a range of 226 miles
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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And the Chevy Bolt 238 miles
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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The only compact electric with a lower range is the BMW i3S: 153 miles
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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Nothing major happened on the exterior either
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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So you can easily recognize the Cooper EV as a Mini
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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The front grille and the front bumper has an unique Mini Electric design
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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And the rear bumper was also redesigned to make the Cooper EV more "aerodynamic"
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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LED Headlights and Fog lights are offered as standard
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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And different elements painted in Vigorous Grey will help you to further identify the car
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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What’s also unique are the 16" wheels with their ’asymmetric pieces’ kind of a design
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Interior
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The interior comes standard with a 6.5” navigation system
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Interior
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While a Carbon Black Leatherette Upholstery is also a unique feature
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Interior
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Just like the exterior, the interior gets different elements in Energetic yellow
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Interior
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But that’s pretty much all that makes this car "special"
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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So does it worth the $29,000?
2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery Exterior
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We think not! There are way better options out there
Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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