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2020 Mini Cooper SE Price: It's Cheaper than Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt

But what's the electric Mini's U.S. range?

Kelly LinWriter

Mini has finally announced prices for its first all-electric vehicle in a decade. The 2020 Mini Cooper SE will carry a starting price of $30,750 when it goes on sale in early March.

This price tag makes it much cheaper than a base Chevrolet Bolt. Recently updated to deliver 259 miles on a charge, the 2020 Bolt will cost you $37,495. The all-electric Mini Cooper also starts for less coin than the 2019 Nissan Leaf, priced from $30,885. The Leaf Plus, which offers up to 226 miles of range, ahead of the standard Leaf's 150 miles, goes from $37,445. Keep in mind that these prices don't include federal and state tax credits. Federal credits have dropped on the Bolt because GM has reached its sales cap of 200,000 total plug-ins/EVs.

Whether or not the Mini Cooper SE price represents a good deal will depend a lot on how the EV keeps up in the range wars. Unfortunately, U.S. range estimates for the Mini are not available at this time. The EV is rated to travel 235 to 270 kilometers (146-168 miles) on the European cycle, which is typically more generous than the EPA's rating system.

What we do know is the little Mini makes 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque from its electric motor. Routing power to the front wheels, the car is estimated by the automaker to hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. Top speed on the Mini is 93 mph. We do know, after having driven a prototype, that it's at least fun from behind the wheel.

The all-electric Mini Cooper will come with a reasonable number of standard features, including LED headlights and fog lights, a 6.5-inch display with navigation and Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, and active driving assistant with forward collision warning. AC charging is standard with up to 7.4 kW, and DC fast charging is also standard and can deliver an 80-percent charge in 35 minutes. Two higher trims will also be available. Mini says the EV will be available at its dealerships across the U.S.