Mini’s newly hatched electric Cooper is a nippy city slicker

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Mini’s newly hatched electric Cooper is a nippy city slicker

Mini has decreased the vehicle’s drive range, so long trips are off limits, but it proves itself on urban routes

Phuti Mpyane

By now, we are all familiar with the Mini Cooper. Now there’s a new, full electric Mini Cooper SE. From a looks and driving experience there’s little to differentiate it from its conventional cousins. It’s still a nippy little hatch, with a confined but snug cabin and relatively usable boot.

It’s available in two grade walks, Small or Large. The latter spec is easily recognised with 17-inch Corona alloy wheels whose shape is influenced by a Euro electric socket. Because Minis are hugely customisable you can opt for a dark or conventional set. The Small gets 16-inch alloys as standard.

The Mini Cooper SE electric drivetrain is lifted straight off an earlier generation of BMW’s i3 electric car, with 94Ah lithium-ion battery capacity. Outputs are 135kW and 270Nm, and it’s attached to a one-speed transmission...

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