The Mini Cooper Electric: Not super fast, short range — but damn it’s still a fun ride (and a real bargain!).
The 2023 Mini Cooper Electric, with a starting price around $33,000 (before any incentives), is one of the most inexpensive electric cars on the market. The mini is still small cute and spunky, and it enjoys the same quirky styling as the two-door Cooper hardtop that it’s based on. The small hatchback’s battery pack provides a low center of gravity that enhances the Mini’s innate agility—something that will generate as many smiles as the 2023 Cooper EV’s adorable aesthetic.
So all told, the base model a great value, offering plenty of standard features such as automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, faux-leather upholstery, LED front lighting, hands-free passive entry, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
The front-wheel-drive Electric’s motor delivers 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, and sources power from a 28.9-kWh battery. It can sprint to 60 mph in a brief 6.1 seconds, which makes it quicker than other small EVs such as the Chevy Bolt EV (6.7 clicks). The model features two regenerative-braking modes: one that allows the car to coast much like a non-EV car when you lift off the accelerator and another that’s more aggressive and almost eliminates the need to touch the brake pedal.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The Mini Electric has an estimated driving range of 110 miles on a full charge, which is significantly shorter than competitors such as the Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf. Mini says the car’s battery can be fast charged to 80 percent in 35 minutes. If you’re using home AC charging at 7.4 kilowatts, you can completely restore the battery in four hours. The little hatchback’s two-mode regenerative braking system also helps to maximize battery charge.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The Mini Electric is expected to have a combined MPGe rating of 108. For comparison, the Bolt EV is rated at 118 MPGe combined and the Leaf is rated up to 111 MPGe combined. However, we won’t be able to confirm the Mini’s government estimate until we can test its real-world range on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the Mini Electric’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Electric’s interior features a 5.5-inch digital gauge cluster that displays the battery’s charge level, driving range, nav info, and other infotainment functions. Every Mini Electric has dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a unique heat-pump design that uses 75 percent less energy than a traditional electric heater when warming the passenger cabin. The introduction of ambient interior lighting, complete with six different colors, adds another funky dimension to the cabin. As with the gas-powered Mini Cooper, the back seat doesn’t offer much space, and cargo room is similarly limited.