What my first months learned with the Mini Cooper SE – Numerama, Mini Electric (2023): up to 218 hp and 400 km of autonomy

Mini Electric (2023): up to 218 hp and 400 km of autonomy

In fact, barely returned from the press trip, I contacted the mini dealership near my home to swap my mini thermal against this mini cooper. After a long wait, extended due to the coronavirus, I was able to get this 100 % electric car – rented for two years – in October 2020. If I do not regret this choice (a little sometimes in certain situations), I was able to learn from these first months of use.

What my first months taught me with the Mini Cooper was

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Since October 2020, I have owned a mini Cooper SE, the first 100 % electric car of the English brand. That these first months of use taught me ?

When I tried the Mini Cooper SE for the first time, during a test organized in the south of France just before the first confinement, I immediately fell in love. Autonomy is not dreaming but, for my daily use (which consists in going to the gym), it turns out to be sufficient. Apart from this defect which is not necessarily one, the mini Cooper has everything to please: attractive design (it is the same as thermal), premium equipment, fun driving ..

In fact, barely returned from the press trip, I contacted the mini dealership near my home to swap my mini thermal against this mini cooper. After a long wait, extended due to the coronavirus, I was able to get this 100 % electric car – rented for two years – in October 2020. If I do not regret this choice (a little sometimes in certain situations), I was able to learn from these first months of use.

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Do not trust the display of autonomy

As stipulated on the official website, the Mini Cooper would offer itself autonomy between 235 and 270 kilometers depending on the WLTP cycle. Since we acquired our model, the on -board screen has never displayed more than 190 kilometers. Would the calculation algorithm be a little pessimistic ? Or would it be too optimistic in the figures he advances ? The truth must be between the two. For example, we were able to make a 55 -kilometer journey, especially composed of fast tracks, using only 23 % of the battery. A quick cross product gives an idea of ​​real autonomy under these conditions: approximately 240 kilometers. At the start of this journey, the on -board screen, however, announced only a range of 163 kilometers.

In general, the kilometers displayed by the on -board screen are above all a source of stress: as we see the figure drop, we can panic. However, it should not be taken for cash money. It is based on the last kilometers traveled. If you have had a little heavy foot on the acceleration pedal, or if it has been very cold, the displayed autonomy will not represent reality. To better navigate, it is better to trust the percentage remaining displayed in the application rich in relevant information (electricity consumption, etc.).

Another proof that you should not always rely on the on -board screen: autonomy can sometimes climb or remain fixed for several kilometers. It is a real -time adjustment, which depends on the pace, the external conditions, the driving mode and your management. On our usual journey, which rallies Lille to Fressain in the north of France, the few kilometers traveled at 130 km/h drastically lower the autonomy. On the other hand, the last portion, limited to 90 km/h, constantly returns a few kilometers. If you think that the autonomy drops a little too fast, do not hesitate to slow down a little – especially since a city car like the mini cooper is not cut for the highway. Understand: do not count too much on her to chain the kilometers for a weekend.

Mini Cooper Se // Source Application: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

Mini Cooper application is

Source: Maxime Claudel for Numerama

Some figures on consumption ::

Driving mode Autonomy at the start Autonomy on arrival Kilometers traveled Capacity used
Course 1 (11 degrees) Green 163 km 142 km 55 km 23 %
Course 2 (0 degree) Sport 108 km 45 km 55 km 37 %
Course 3 (- 7 degrees) Green 160 km 147 km 15 km 8 %
Course 4 (- 3 degrees) Green 147 km 119 km 15 km 11 %
Course 5 (4 degrees) Green 162 km 127 km 55 km 27 %
Course 6 (16 degrees) Green 179 km 150 km 55 km 20 %

The electric car really doesn’t like the cold

You may not know it: electric cars really don’t like the cold. In winter, the estimated autonomy is at the lowest, due to the battery which needs to heat more to reach an optimal temperature (a process that requires energy). Consequently, do not be surprised to make less kilometers when the external temperatures are cold. Especially since we will tend to use more comfort options (heated seats for example) that shoot the battery.

Our multiple routes made this winter can support this observation: the colder it is, the more the autonomy melts as snow in the sun on similar routes (between 20 and 33 % for 55 kilometers).

Mini Electric (2023): up to 218 hp and 400 km of autonomy

Mini says a little more about its future mini electricic, two versions of which are planned, Cooper E and Cooper SE, with different levels of power and battery.

This new mini seems to have volume, especially at the grille

In mid-April, we revealed the final lines of the next mini as well as certain technical characteristics. It is now official, the electric version, since a thermal is also planned, will enjoy two engines. The first will deliver a power of 135 kW (or 184 hp) in Cooper E, the second will reach 160 kW (218 hp) in Cooper is.

Two batteries are also on the program with a capacity of 40.7 kWh for the Cooper E and 54.2 kWh for the Cooper is. Today, the Mini Electric must be satisfied with a single 135 kW version (or 184 hp) and a accumulator of only 32.6 kWh. It is able to travel up to 231 km in a single load, while the next mini is given between 300 and 400 km, depending on the accumulator.

These figures are comparable to those found in the Stellantis group (54 kWh battery and approximately 420 km), especially on the Jeep Avenger and DS 3 E-Tense. However, the latter belong to the SUV segment and offer five doors. Mini chooses another path, that of staying faithful to the three -door bodywork.

The rear lights, in the shape of a triangle, are a novelty on a mini

The electric offensive for mini

The brand counts a lot on its electric model since it saw its sales increase by 25.5 % last year with more than 43,000 units sold. In total, one in five mini is electric.