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Brand New MINI Cooper 160kW SE Exclusive 54kWh 3dr Auto

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Central toggle barCircular 24cm OLED Screen
Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streamingCruise control
Digital instrument clusterElectro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
Emergency call serviceMINI Experience Modes
Mini navigation systemOn board computer
Service interval indicator 


11kW AC chargingAutomatic transmission
DC Rapid chargingMode 3 cable


DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

Auto headlightsBody coloured wheel arches
Electric front+rear windowsHeated rear window
Heated windscreen washer jetsLED daytime running lights
LED HeadlightsLED indicator lights
LED rear lightsLogos in Vibrant Silver
Rain sensor window wipersRear fog lights
Rear window wiperThird brake light
Vibrant Silver Grill Surround 

Interior Features

2 seat bench in second row2 zone automatic air conditioning
60/40 rear seat benchAmbient lighting
CupholdersDark headliner
Fabric strap as 3rd spokeFloor mats
Front and rear head restraintsFront compact armrest
Heated steering wheelHeight adjustable passenger seat
Lidded storage box in grey knitLuggage compartment lighting
Single front passenger seatSport Vescin Steering Wheel
Sunvisors with vanity mirrorsVescin synthetic leather upholstery


Driving assistant pack - Cooper HatchbackLevel 1 pack - Mini Hatchback
Park assistant pack - Cooper Hatchback 

Passive Safety

3 point seatbelts on all four seats6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
Acoustic pedestrian protectionAnti-lock braking system (ABS)
DSC - Dynamic Stability ControlElectronic parking brake
Front and rear disc brakesFront ISOFIX (iSize)
Front passenger airbag deactivationTraction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system 


Remote central locking 


Blue decorative dash strapLight Beige/Grey dash knit


Tyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh54.2Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)1410
Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change0-100Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW2.3
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)465Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change0-100
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW7.4Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)315
Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change0-100Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW11
Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins)30Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change10-80
Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW95Battery TypeLithium-ion
Charging Port LocationRight Side RearCoupler/Connector TypeCCS Type 2
Maximum Charging Rate - kW95Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City11.3
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb14.5WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH15
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL14.1WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High18.8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High12.9WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low10.7
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium11.3WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City5.5
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb4.3WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH4.1
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL4.4WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High3.3
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High4.8WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low5.8
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium5.5WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City508
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb394WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH377
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL402WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Extra High303
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - High440WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Low524
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Medium501WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City315.7
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb244.8WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH234
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL250WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Extra High188.3
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - High273.4WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Low325.6
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Medium311.3 

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0 

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Engine CodeHC0001N0
Gears1 SPEEDTransmissionAUTO


Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0.0
Badge Power218Coin Description54kWh
Coin SeriesSE ExclusiveGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0726EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)6.7Engine Power - BHP218
Engine Power - KW160Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT243Engine Torque - MKG33.7
Engine Torque - NM330Top Speed106

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelN/A


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear205/50 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleU SPOKEWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width1756Width (including mirrors)1967

Weight and Capacities

Minimum Kerbweight1605No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

MINI Cooper Electric [J01]

The MINI Hatch is as engaging as ever in its latest form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the Cooper Electric version.

Ten Second Review

The fun-to-drive MINI formula is alive and well in this, the fourth BMW interpretation of the brand's iconic small hatch. Though petrol power continues, here we focus on the EV variant, now with a dedicated platform that improves packaging and allows for the bigger battery required for greater driving range. But the looks and the drive experience will both feel satisfyingly familiar.


The latest version of the marque's iconic little hatch is the fourth since BMW reinterpreted the Issigonis original at the turn of the century, but it's the older British design that it draws on most for this visual update. The underlying technology of course is anything but retro, this being a design that must straddle MINI's transition into being an EV-only brand. Which is why, though a differently-platformed F66 petrol version of this MK4 model is being offered, it's the electric J01-era variants that were launched first and are our focus here. Unlike its predecessor, this new-era MINI Electric gets a bespoke electrified platform, the development of which came from Spotlight Automotive, a joint venture between BMW and Chinese giant Great Wall Motor (who also make a key competitor to this car, the GWM ORA 03). That shared development approach is important because it's enabled MINI to keep the cost of this car at reasonable levels. An essential if it's to better the sales performance of its EV predecessor, which accounted for a fifth of all the brand's production.

Driving Experience

The original MINI Electric was a bit of a bodge job - essentially a combustion-powered MINI Hatch with batteries installed instead. Forget about that now. Thanks to its purpose-designed Spotlight Automotive platform, this is now a properly dedicated EV, though it retains the kind of sophisticated multi-link rear axle that's still unusual to find on a car this small. The feeble 32.6kWh battery that so restricted the driving range of the original model gets replaced by a choice of two gutsier battery packs. Either a 40.7kWh unit for the base Cooper Electric E, which powers a 182bhp motor and provides for a range of up to 190 miles. Or a 54.2kWh battery for the top Cooper Electric SE, which powers a 215bhp motor and provides for a range of up to 250 miles, a previously unheard-of figure for an electric MINI. The 62mph from rest sprint occupies 7.3s in the E, en route to 99mph; or 6.7s in the SE en route to 106mph. A faster John Cooper Works version is planned for the future. MINI hopes that whatever your choice, you'll be up for the usual 'go-kart' handling feel at the wheel; this still isn't the small EV you'd choose if you wanted anything approaching a cosseting standard of ride, so try before you buy. The driving experience you get is dictated by your choice between six so-called 'MINI Experience' modes, some of which are about drive dynamics (like 'Core', 'Green' and 'Go-kart'), while others are about cabin audience ('Personal', 'Vibrant', 'Timeless' and 'Balance'). Each 'Experience' mode gets its own soundtrack, with 'Go-kart' the sportiest and 'Balance' the silliest (with a 'soundscape' based on forest noises like the rippling of the stream and the chirping of crickets). The settings correspond to individual cabin lighting themes too.

Design and Build

The first three BMW MINI models simply evolved generation-to-generation. This version, in contrast, is the first since the R50 model of 2000 to base its styling primarily on the 1950s Alec Issigonis original. Like that car (and the R50), it was launched as a 3-door Hatch (though in time, we should also get a convertible). No five-door body style will be offered. Styling chief Oliver Heimler has based this latest Hatch model's penmanship around the company's current DNA-defined design language, called 'Charismatic Simplicity'. You might think it doesn't look much different; the silhouette's certainly recognisable, with its flush glazing, 'floating' contrast-coloured roof and blacked-out window pillars. But much is different too. There's a fraction less body length, the wheels have been further pushed out to the extremities of the body, the previous plastic wheel arch cladding is gone and chrome has been stripped away from the exterior. At the front, the octagonal grille is new and the trademark circular headlamps now come with three different LED lighting signatures. Oh and it's no longer mandatory to get Union Jack tail light graphics; two other patterns are available. You might find the interior more noticeably different, though like every MINI, the cabin's centrepiece remains a familiar large circular central display - here 9.5-inches in size. Now though, it's the only one; there's nothing to view through the re-designed steering wheel except the new textile-trimmed dashboard panel - though a head-up display can be specified. The minimalist fascia is largely shorn of buttons and the gear selector has been relocated to a toggle beneath the central screen (rather nauseously now known as the 'MINI Interaction Unit'). You sit low, which adds to the promised 'sporty' feel. And the previous round vents are replaced by slimmer ones. The seats lack the previous model's adjustable thigh bolster but remain decently supportive. You won't be expecting much in terms of rear seat space - and you shouldn't; they're still very much for small children only, which is as it should be because if you wanted rear seat space, you'd have chosen a Countryman or an Aceman. What has changed (thanks to better packaging and the new platform) is boot space, up to 210-litres - extendable to 725-litres with the rear backrest folded.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £32,000 for the 40.7kWh Cooper Electric E; it's around £33,500 for the 54.2kWh Cooper Electric SE. To give you some perspective, the combustion MINI Cooper C starts from around £22,300. Either way, MINI boasts that these generation models are its most connected cars ever, courtesy of a revised 'My MINI' app; and a "Hey MINI" personal assistant voice control system, via which owners can choose digital depiction of a British bulldog named Spike as their screen avatar of choice. There are three available trim levels - 'Classic', 'Exclusive' and 'Sport' - and all are well equipped. The knitted textile dashboard gets a two-tone houndstooth pattern with 'Exclusive' trim and a multi-coloured finish with 'Sport' spec. The black synthetic leather sports seats get perforated trim with 'Exclusive'-spec and contrast red stitching on 'Sport' models. You'll need to avoid base spec to get a contrast-coloured roof, a 'Spray-Tech' top which blends three different colours. Key available features include 'Park Assist Plus' parking set-up, 'Digital Key Plus' (which allows you to unlock the car with your smartphone) and the 'Remote 360' surround view monitoring system. On longer journeys, the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, and the 'MINI Driving Assistant' enhance comfort. The 'MINI Interaction Unit' central screen offers 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto', but only the former fills the whole circumference of the 24cm-diameter OLED round display. Third-party apps like Spotify now fit and work in it too.

Cost of Ownership

We gave you the battery range figures in our 'Driving' section - 190 miles from the Electric E model's 40.7kWh battery; and 250 miles from the Electric SE variant's 54.2kWh battery. Various tools help you maximise range: the 'Green' 'MINI Experience' mode - and a charge-optimised routing function for the navigation. Opting for the rangier variant gets you an increase in charging speed from 75kW to 95kW. Neither figure is particularly impressive, but at a rapid DC public charger, a 10 to 80% spell of replenishment can be completed in 30 minutes. AC home charging as possible via the usual 7kW or 11kW wallbox options. By using MINI Navigation, the vehicle will ensure the high-voltage battery reaches the ideal temperature for efficient charging in advance, thus reducing charging time. Customers can also optimise charging for their schedule, setting charging start times, active charging windows, and target battery capacity by departure time. Finally, drivers can instruct that the interior cabin is air conditioned by a set departure time. The 'My MINI' app provides a convenient overview of the vehicle status and charging process, including current battery status, charging-optimised route plan and charging history.


If you can avoid the carping conclusion that this is the MINI Electric we really ought to have had from the very beginning, there's lots to like about the company's second generation EV small hatch. The brand hasn't attempted to broaden this model's customer demographic by making the car bigger, or the ride less unyielding. But dedicated MINI Hatch followers will probably rejoice to see that. Better a MINI that knows its market. And if you fit that product remit but wished the original model had a longer operating range and a bit more technology, you're well served here. You could argue this to be the most characterful MINI model BMW has yet made; it's certainly a refreshing antidote to many of the other rather vanilla EV offerings in this segment. And a properly modern interpretation of the Issigonis original.


* Figures for fuel consumption, the CO2 produced, and/or the pure electric range are provided for comparative purposes only and are based on laboratory testing. The actual figures under real world driving conditions will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions, vehicle load and the health of the battery.

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46 monthly payments of£399
Arnold Clark deposit£2512.15
Total amount payable£41,678.43
Fixed interest rate3.5%
Representative APR4.9%
Cash price£36,700
Credit amount£32,688.85
Contract mileage24,000
Excess mileage charge12.38p per mile
Optional final payment£18,893.13
Term (months)47

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