2022 MINI Cooper SE is the cheapest EV on sale in the U.S. [Update]

The MINI Cooper SE electric hatchback received a round of minor updates in February this year, with sales having commenced in March. The incremental update, a facelift of sorts, brings the Honda e rival a redesigned front-end for a sportier look.

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For the United States

The enhancements made to the MINI Cooper SE include updated front and rear bumpers, side scuttles and grille, and Piano Black MINI emblems and model badges, and the Multitone roof. The Cooper Electric gets the yellow-accented ‘S’ and closed-off radiator grille. Additional wheel options include the 16” Victory Spoke black, 17” Scissor Spoke 2-tone, and 17” Tentacle Spoke black. MINI says the 2022 models get air curtains on the bumper and deletion of the fog lights improve the clarity of the front and aid aerodynamics.

2022 Mini Cooper SE - the cheapest electric car (new) in the U.S.
Cosmetic changes on the 2022 MINI Cooper Electric include new body-colored grille trim piece, deletion of the yellow accent on the front which is replaced with a subtle “S,” deletion of fog lights which are replaced by an additional LED element in the headlamps, and the LED taillights come with the Union Jack accent.

Interior upgrades include a new steering wheel design, new center instrument design with an 8.8-inch screen, lane departure warning, heated steering wheel, and Sirius Satellite Radio as standard.

Slightly better range

There are no mechanical updates to the brand’s first EV in this update, so the 181 hp/199 lb-ft electric motor continues launching the electric hatch from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.9 seconds. The modest net/gross battery pack of 28.9 kWh/32.6 kWh enables a marginally better driving range in the 2022 model. The combined EPA range stands at 114 miles (183 km), 4 miles or 3.6% higher than before. As the MINI Cooper SE is an urban runabout, the figure of significance is 122.4 miles (197 km) of EPA City range (an improvement of 4.7%). In Europe, the Cooper SE has a driving range of 203-234 km in the WLTP cycle.

Price

2022 MINI Cooper variantPrice in the U.S.
MINI Cooper SE Classic$29,900
MINI Cooper SE Signature$33,900
MINI Cooper SE Iconic$36,900
Pricing does not include the additional $850 Destination & Handling charge.

Despite the revisions, the 2022 MINI Cooper SE does not get any expensive. It is the cheapest new electric car you can buy in the United States. At USD 30,750 (including the destination charge), the price comes down to USD 23,250 after applying the USD 7,500 federal tax credit for buying or leasing the small EV.

The Cooper SE is priced from EUR 32,500 in Germany before the EUR 9,000 credit bringing the price down to EUR 23,500. Sadly it cannot hold the same title as its American counterpart across the pond as the Dacia Spring EV is available at a post-credit price of EUR 11,490 in the German market.

Individualization

On the individualization front, a special ‘Electric Collection’ edition adds the option of a new exterior color – Island Blue Metallic. Black mirror caps, 17-inch ‘electric’ edition alloy wheels, and glossy piano-black inserts on the grille, headlight and taillight surrounds, MINI logos, and door handles round up the exterior updates.

Buyers opting for the electric collection variant of the MINI Cooper SE will gain adaptive LED headlights, sports seats, anthracite-colored roof lining, steering wheel heating, and a connected navigation package with an option to spec a Head Up display, and wireless charging.

‘Multitone Roof’ option

In Europe, Mini has introduced the ‘Multitone Roof’ customization option for the Cooper SE. Buyers can get the roof finished in a three-color design, thanks to a unique wet-on-wet painting process. The ‘Multitone Roof’ customization option was erstwhile available only with the ICE models.

2022 Mini Cooper SE electric roof
The MINI Cooper SE gets the option of a Multitone roof as seen in the image. Image: MINI

The roof is finished in a combination of three different paint shades of dark San Marino Blue, Pearly Aqua, and Jet Black, with the impression of flowing gradients between them. In this special paint technique developed at Mini’s plant in Oxford, the roof is first painted in Pearly Aqua paint, with San Marino Blue applied to the front portion of the roof and Jet Black to the rear.

‘Roof tent’ option

The Mini Cooper SE in Europe can now be had with a customized carrier system with a roof tent. Designed for those who have a knack for outdoor camping, the tent can be mounted on the roof of the Mini Cooper SE, on the roof rails with the assistance of a railing rack available in the list of optional accessories.

Mini Cooper SE Roof Tent
Image: BMW Group

After mounting it on the roof, the whole housing of the roof tent is opened up by releasing its safety catches, which results in lifting up of the structure of the tent – a job performed by gas springs. The entire tent then welcomes one with two sleeping berths as well as windows in them, the latter of which can be opened up as and when needed and has additional mosquito nets in front of them. The structure also comes with a foldable aluminium ladder with eight rungs.

2025 MINI Electric gets Convertible option

And while the current MINI Cooper SE is available as a hardtop only, MINI has confirmed that the next-generation model is scheduled for its reveal in 2025 with electric drive.

“The success story of the MINI Convertible will be continued,” the brand’s surprise announcement on May 12 read. The development of a successor of the open-top four-seater is a “done deal,” it added. Bernd Körber, Head of the MINI brand, remarks that the Convertible has a loyal fan base, and this convinces the company of the future success of the Convertible concept.

Even in cold weather climates like Germany, almost one in five MINIs sold was a convertible (2020 sales). Further, MINI has announced it will be a purely electric brand by 2030. Including the convertible variant in its electric portfolio is a way to keep the fun element of the brand preserved.

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