Mini has expanded its electric Cooper SE offerings in Australia with the rollout of the Classic and Mini Yours trims priced at $55,650 and $62,825 respectively.
Thought pricing is up slightly on last year’s model, which was available in a single grade priced at $54,800, the 2021 Cooper SE scores a new look and higher levels of standard equipment to justify its price creep.
Standard equipment includes piano black exterior highlights, LED head- and tail-lights, keyless entry, heated sports seats finished with a leatherette material, wireless smartphone charger, nappa leather steering wheel and a digital instrument cluster.
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Handling multimedia duties is an 8.8-inch unit with satellite navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay.
For safety, the Cooper SE Classic scores front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking.
A choice of three different 17-inch wheels, five exterior colours and four roof/mirror cap finishes are also on offer.
Buyers stepping up to the Mini Yours grade have an extra two 17-inch wheel designs to pick from, as well as netting a darkened headliner, interior ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, premium Harman Kardon sound system and a head-up display.
Three different interior colours are also available in the top-spec Mini Cooper SE, each coming with matching floor mats.
Powering the Mini Cooper SE is a 135kW/270Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels, which is enough to accelerate the model from zero to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds.
With a 32.64kWh battery, the Mini Cooper SE boasts a driving range of around 233km, but with a Combo 2 Plug and DC fast-charging capabilities, can recoup up to 80 per cent of its battery in as little as 36 minutes.
The Mini Cooper SE competes against other electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq Electric, both having been refreshed respectively with a new longer-legged e+ variant and fresh face.
Telsa’s Model 3 could also line-up against the Mini Cooper SE, with its base Standard Range Plus grade recently dropping $4000 in price to $62,900.
2021 Mini Cooper SE pricing before on-road costs
|Cooper SE Classic||Automatic||$55,650|
|Cooper SE Mini Yours||Automatic||$62,825|