The legendary design and all-electric power of the 2023 Mini Cooper Electric Hardtop 2 Door have been updated with fresh technological and stylish features. Fully loaded with more standard premium features, the 2023 Mini Electric drive is even more fun than before.

The all-electric Mini Cooper adds a special edition for the 2023 model year. Called the Resolute Edition, this appearance package brings Rebel Green paint with a white roof and mirror caps. It also features bronze stripes on the hood and bronze accents on the grille surround and other exterior trim pieces.

The Resolute Edition rolls on 17-inch wheels. Inside are a set of sport seats up front, with yellow-and-cream tweed upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The 2023 Mini Cooper Electric starts at the same price as it did last year. That makes the base model a great value, offering plenty of standard features such as automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, faux-leather upholstery, LED front lighting, hands-free passive entry, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The front-wheel-drive Electric motor makes 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, and sources power from a 28.9-kWh battery. When we sampled a prototype 2023 Mini Cooper Electric, we noted its zippy acceleration.

Our most recent drive helped confirm our initial impressions, however, it also introduced us to an overzealous traction-control system that prevented us from chirping the front tires and mitigated some of the fun.

Still, the Mini’s trademark go-kart handling impressed us. We also saw it sprint to 60 mph in a tidy 6.1 seconds, which makes it quicker than other small EVs such as the Chevy Bolt EV (6.7 clicks).

The model features two regenerative-braking modes: one that allows the car to coast much like a non-EV car when you lift off the accelerator and another that’s more aggressive and almost eliminates the need to touch the brake pedal.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 2023 Mini Cooper Electric is expected to have a combined MPGe rating of 108. For comparison, the Bolt EV is rated at 118 MPGe combined and the Leaf is rated up to 111 MPGe combined.

However, we won’t be able to confirm the Mini’s government estimate until we can test its real-world range on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the 2023 Mini Cooper Electric’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Electric’s interior features a 5.5-inch digital gauge cluster that displays the battery’s charge level, driving range, nav info, and other infotainment functions.

Every Mini Electric has dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a unique heat-pump design that uses 75 percent less energy than a traditional electric heater when warming the passenger cabin.

The introduction of ambient interior lighting, complete with six different colors, adds another funky dimension to the cabin. As with the gas-powered Mini Cooper, the back seat doesn’t offer much space, and cargo room is similarly limited.

Infotainment and Connectivity

A standard central touchscreen is an 8.8-inch unit with Apple CarPlay, built-in navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio. A smartphone app enables Mini Electric owners to heat or cool their car’s interior to the desired temperature prior to climbing aboard. The 2023 Mini Cooper Electric is also available with wireless charging and a Harman/Kardon audio system.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2023 Mini Cooper Electric does offer driver-assistance technology such as forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, and rain-sensing windshield wipers and headlights.

For more information about its crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2023 Mini Cooper Electric

2023 Mini Cooper Electric

2023 Mini Cooper Electric

2023 Mini Cooper Electric

2023 Mini Cooper Electric

Full Specifications

2020 Mini Cooper SE

VEHICLE TYPE
front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$37,750 (base price: $30,750)

MOTOR TYPE
permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 181 hp, 199 lb-ft; 28.9-kWh lithium-ion battery pack

TRANSMISSION
single-speed direct-drive

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 11.1-in vented disc/11.0-in disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, 205/45R-17 88W ★

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 98.2 in
Length: 151.4 in
Width: 68.0 in
Height: 56.4 in
Passenger volume: 80 ft3
Cargo volume: 9 ft3
Curb weight: 3099 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.1 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.2 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.3 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
1/4 mile: 14.8 sec @ 91 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 93 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 108/115/100 MPGe
Range: 110 miles

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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