The BMW Group has officially launched the first all-electric Mini on the Australian market, a three-door hold with a range of 233km, a fast charging battery, and a price tag that will get you back in just under $ A55,000.
Mini Cooper SE has arrived in Australia on schedule; The BMW Group says it is currently accepting orders (with a deposit of $ 2,000) for delivery in early 2021, because the EV set aside for delivery in 2020 has been sold out.
Fortunately, there have been several cars set aside for the media, and The Driven is happy to accept an invitation to drive alone half a day around the outskirts of Melbourne’s Metropolitan city which is locked on Friday.
Given the current limitations of Covid-19, the test-drive experience is super low key. You are given a key and, apart from the booklet in the glove compartment which sets out some basic and driving routes, it is every woman for herself.
But for someone who only has another EV driving experience is the Tesla Model S a few years ago, so far everything has proven to be quite intuitive – even charging, halfway on the way. But more about that next week in my review.
The initial thought was that indeed, it was a small electric vehicle that was very zippy and responsive. While BMW’s chosen route takes you to the hills of Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, it seems far more suitable for city streets where regenerative braking is in its element.
And that too, because the electric hatch was installed as “perfect for city dwellers,” with a relatively small 32kWh battery offering the ability to reach 80% payload in only 36 minutes when using a basic 50kW DC basic charger. (Although regular top-ups will be much shorter).
The battery range is somewhere between 235km and 270km according to the latest WLTP measurement standards – which can cause anxiety for some people – while its 130kW power rating maintains what the Mini describes as a “legendary” go-kart feel, with 0-100 km / hour acceleration time is 7.3 seconds.
When I reach my destination halfway, the dashboard display tells me there is more than 50 percent of the remaining range – a little more than 100 km.
The “agility carving out the corners” of the car is said to be aided by the position of the battery along the vehicle’s floor, making the center of gravity of the car lower than its petrol-fueled cousin. I wouldn’t know about that, but the electric hatch obviously handles very well on Melbourne’s suburban streets.
Other features include 17-inch Power Spoke 2-Tone Alloy Alloy Wheels; wing mirrors and highlights in “energetic yellow;” leather upholstery with carbon black cross; 8.8-inch Professional Navigation with touch screen; Apple Car Play; heating the chair, and; Front and Rear Park Distance Control, including Rear View Camera.
See my older review next week!
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