Mini Cooper SE mini review

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Mini Cooper SE mini review

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Sorry, couldn't help the title.

I picked up the SE the other day, so I thought I would present my first day review of the little beast.

Performance
Firstly, the mini is quick. Not just a straight line type of quick, which it is by the way. It feels more sporty than any, and I mean any other EV I have driven (I can't afford to even test drive a Taycan). To get faster acceleration, you need a model 3 at minimum, and a lot more cash. In its price range, there is nothing that comes close. The figures quoted by MINI are woefully pessimistic. Where the mini excels is handling. The engineers at MINI have been blasted for putting in such a small battery, however the result of this small battery is exquisite handling. Coupled with Good Year Eagle F1 low profile tyres, the MINI eats corners for breakfast. It is a real blast to drive.

Economy
With my first day experimentation (read highly un-economical driving), I still returned 14.7kWh/100k. When I calm down I'll have another go, but readings of around 12.8 on the freeway (90kph limit) look promising. This should mean the mini has an easy 200km range, including a fair amount of spirited driving. Not enough I hear you say - well I don't do more than 200k very often, especially in town, and I will take the driving dynamics over range every day.

Interior
The mini exudes quality inside, although some may consider it dated next to the millennial single screen layout of several other manufacturers. The front two seats are very comfortable with ample support around the corners (which you really need). The back two seats are, well, small. You can fit bigger people in them, but the front two seats have to move forward. Overall, it is a very comfortable and friendly place to be.

Exterior
What can you say. Short of a Taycan (again), got to be the best looking EV out there. Subjective I know, but I believe it. If you want, it can look very similar to the ICE model, so if you don't want to shout "EV" you can. There are no gaps in panels, or mismatched paint - as you would expect.

Boot/Frunk
Its a mini. If you wanted a boot, why would you buy one :) Seriously though, it holds more than you would think, but it is not cavernous by even the most optimistic interpretation. I think I would call it big enough. No Frunk.

Summary
This is what EVs should be like. Nobody who drives one of these won't have a smile at the end of their drive. They have ample range for their intended use, are very comfortable inside - for the front two at least, and look great inside and out. Even in the most expensive, top level trim (that is all that came to Oz) they are still thereabouts with the competition like the leaf, ioniq and kona. Give one a go, and you'll end up taking it home :)

PS. if anyone has any questions about it - fire away!
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As a quick update - day 2, average economy up (down?) to 11kWh/100k. All city driving, with short bursts on the freeway (90 or 100).
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Great info! Welcome to AEVA and the forum.. probably the first Mini electric owner on here :)
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I actually picked up the first one. The whole covid thing made the shipping times extend, so the mid-year deliveries ended up in September. All the first batch were sold out in days after being announced. I was lucky, because I ordered one before they were announced :)

If you want any info about it, feel free to ask. It is very different to any EV I have driven before. It is very engaging, and performs really well.
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Ok, small update - charged after 170km and still 26% battery left. I was actually doing a lot better (120km with 65% left), but I had some fun :) . This works out to about 229km range (142miles) which is smack bang where the WLTP puts it. The GOM (guess 'o' meter) gave it 56km left which, for once, seems quite accurate. I averaged 12.8kWh/100k with city, freeway and spirited driving. Air con was on most of the time, and I was in either Sport or Mid mode (no green). You should easily be able to hit 250km if you use green mode and drive sensibly. The mini seems to go a lot further than most people claim.
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Another update. So now I have calmed down, and I am now averaging 10.5kWh/100km, which would put the theoretical maximum range at about 270km. Not bad I think for a city car, and somewhat better than the US EPA's 177km :)
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jsvader wrote: Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 13:09 PS. if anyone has any questions about it - fire away!
Thanks @jsvader ! I wonder how the mini cooper SE compared with id3 (If it ever comes to Oz :lol: ). From what you've described, sounds like a better car than id3, what do you think?
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It is better in some things, and worse in others. As far as performance goes, the mini is better all round except top speed. In Australia, top speed isn't really important, unlike Germany and the autobahns. The mini is much lighter, and smaller which makes it more efficient. Space wise, the id.3 wins hands down - minis are not known as spacious.

It also depends on your desired car behaviour. The mini out handles the id.3, but at the expense of a stiffer ride. If you want better handling then the mini is the go. If you want a more comfortable ride then the id.3 is your better pick.

Now I have never been in an id.3, but from all accounts the interior is quite good, however the mini feels premium. This is probably quite subjective, but mini is a premium brand after all.

The id.3 costs more than the mini in a like for like comparison, but it has more tech (eg. auto driving, adaptive cruise etc). So it boils down to what you want. If you want an efficient (when required), but highly entertaining (otherwise) premium car, then the mini is your obvious choice. If you value comfort, room/space, tech, range (much bigger battery) then the id.3 is the way. We'll see what the price is here - and whether mini brings out the cheaper versions of the SE.
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jsvader wrote: Thu, 08 Oct 2020, 11:20 ...

The id.3 costs more than the mini in a like for like comparison, ...
This what surprises me most. Mini being the 'premium' brand, I think will attract more 'EV-mature-city-dwellers' buyers, i.e. those who know that range is not everything.

I should say the fast charging capability of id3 is impressive though:
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VS the mini:
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@jsvader
Which colour did you get
Do you have the British power plug wheels ?
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@Rusdy that is quite an impressive charging curve for the id.3 - for longer trips where you visit a DC charger, that will make a difference. Personally, well at least for the moment, I slow charge at home. With the mini's small battery, it is an easy overnight charge - 100% in the morning.

@g4qber I got the BRG (British Racing Green) with obligatory white bonnet stripes :) The wheels were the new "Tentacle spoke" ones, not the plug style ones.
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