MINI introduced the fourth generation of its three-door hatchback model in September 2023 and put more emphasis on the electrification of this model, offering it with a punchier version named SE.
The British car evolved constantly after it was purchased by BMW and rushed through generations with more and more updates. Its first electric version was based on the ICE-powered platform, but that was changed in 2023. Then, the automaker created an electric platform for the model but didn’t ditch versions powered by internal combustion engines. Still, the SE came to prove to customers that they could still enjoy a small-sized vehicle, especially when it was equipped with a punchy motor. Furthermore, starting with the 2023 model year, the automaker finally decided to name the hatchback MINI Cooper, honoring the car’s legacy.
From the outside, it was a mix of retro-styling and modern technology. At the front, the LEDs that encircled the headlights were used for turn signals and daytime running lights as well. The headlamps also featured LED blocks and flanked the octagonal front panel that resembled a grille. From its profile, the vehicle’s proportions and the characteristic design elements left no mistakes about the brand or the model. Still, the Cooper SE was exclusively available with a three-door bodywork, while its gasoline-powered sibling was still offered with a five-door variant. MINI created the Cooper SE with flush door handles and no overfenders, thus creating a flowing design. At the back, the slightly tilted forward tailgate was adorned at its top by a roof spoiler. Strangely, the rear taillights featured a triangular shape and sported a Matrix LED pattern that resembled the Union Jack.
Inside, the cabin featured a minimalist design inspired by the original 1959 Mini created by Sir Alec Issigonis. Fronting the driver was a three-spoke steering wheel and the optional head-up display. The big and round, 9.5-inch touchscreen mounted atop the center stack featured a customizable background. As an option, the car could be equipped with a Harman Kardon sound system. All the materials were vegan and environmentally friendly. The bolstered front seats were fitted as standard with a mix of fabric and leatherette with an option for full artificial leather. In the back, the car offered enough room for two adults thanks to the vehicle’s long wheelbase for its size. The trunk offered 200 liters (7 cu-ft.) of space and was enough for a daily vehicle.
The automaker installed a 218 hp (160 kW) motor in the MINI Cooper SE that powered the front wheels. Its performance was quite surprising, offering a 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) acceleration time of just 6.7 seconds. MINI said that the car could get a 250-mile (402 km) range with a fully charged battery pack that could hold 54.2 kWh.
ENGINE SPECS - 54.2 KWh (218 HP)
|Total maximum power:||160.3 kw (218 hp)|
|Total maximum torque:||243.4 lb-ft (330 Nm)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||6.7 s|
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
|Maximum Capacity:||54.2 kWh|
|Range:||249.8 miles (402.0 km)|