The first all-electric Mini Cooper SE starts at $29,900 in the US

BMW unveiled Mini Cooper SE in July of this year, and the price is much less than the ballpark figure given earlier by BMW. Earlier in July, the company estimated price for Mini Cooper SE was $35,00. However, on Monday, the company announced that the price of the car would start at $29,900. Mini Cooper SE is the first all-electric car by BMW that is widely available, putting BMW back in the race of electrified vehicles. The car will go on sale in the US in early March of 2020.

Though the MSRP for the EV is $29,900, a sum of $850 will be added on top for destination and handling, but even then, BMW would be able to promote the car as “under $30,000”. What’s even better is that buyers from some states will be able to procure the EV for as little as $17,900, all thanks to federal and tax credit factors.

Coming to the EV’s specifications, the car can go up to 60MPH in just 6.9 seconds with a motor of 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque to drive the front two wheels. The car can reach a top speed of 93MPH. While we are still waiting for the EPA certified range, the car can cover a distance of 124 to 144 miles when fully charged, according to European scale estimations. So, it might be not a good idea to take the car for a long trip.

The car shows off features like keyless entry, 6.5 inches display with a navigation system, a rearview camera, driver assistance, auto rain-sensing wipers, and headlights. Moreover, the company tried to match the luxury standards by adding features like heated front seats, LED lighting, automatic dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and leatherette upholstery.

It is safe to say that BMW has certainly spared no expense in terms of luxury. The lithium-ion battery takes four hours through AC charging to charge up to 100%, but at a public station, the battery can charge up to 80% in 35 minutes via DC charging. Also, the Mini comes with a Level 1 charging cable for conventional household sockets.

Although you may find that Mini Cooper SE looks somewhat similar to Mini Hardtop 2 Door, which was launched in 2014, some changes to the exterior have been made. The height of the car is increased by .7-inch to accommodate floor-mounted battery packs. For improved aerodynamics, closed grille and badges have been added with an improved HVAC heat pump.

The car has a lower base price than Hyundai’s Ioniq Electric and the same price as the Nissan Leaf. The car has a magnetic appeal offered by none along with 211 liters of cargo room in the back, which can be further extended to 731 liters of the room just by folding the rear seats down.
We have to admit the BMW’s Mini Cooper Se is a fine example of machinery, and at a price like what BMW is offering, it is a great deal nonetheless.

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