Most of the new electric vehicles that come onto the market aren’t cheap.
But the two-door Mini Cooper SE is a rare exception, and one of only three cheapest electric car. It’s arguably more fun and visually enhanced than the Chevy Bolt EV or Nissan Leaf, all of which start at around $30,000 or less—if you’re prepared to work with its 114-mile range.
This is also one of the few electric vehicles on the market that has not increased sharply in the past year.
That is, until now. While the base Cooper SE holds the same price point this 2023 model year, with a sticker price of $30,750 (including fees up to $850), the price leader is gone. And the next most affordable EV option in this lineup costs $4,325 more.
According to Andrew Cutler, Mini USA’s head of corporate communications, the base Cooper SE was “temporarily unavailable due to supply chain-related issues”.
Mini gave no further details on what that supply chain constraint was. But it leaves quite a gap in affordability against the fun EV value leader.
2023 Mini Cooper SE Resolute Edition
The 2023 Mini Cooper SE There are many more standard features, including a new steering wheel design along with an 8.8-inch central display that is compatible with Apple CarPlay, a heated steering wheel, lane departure warning, and SiriusXM satellite radio.
At that point, you can also switch to the top trim Iconic 2.0 model, as we see it. The Signature 2.0 is primarily a step up in looks and luxury over the sought-after base model. For $35,075, it features a panoramic sunroof along with a wide selection of exteriors, roofs, and upholstery. In the top-of-the-line Iconic 2.0 trim, priced at $37,550, the Cooper SE has Harman Kardon audio, a head-up display, front parking sensors, a parking assistant, and active cruise control.
But both are a huge jump, for a shopper who can afford it, from the base version.
If you can claim the federal $7,500 EV . tax creditthat amount leads to a real price of $30,050 for the Iconic 2.0, compared to $23,250 for the currently unavailable base model.
2022 Mini Cooper SE
Mini suggests that while the base SE isn’t doing well, it can’t provide a timeline of when it might return. In the meantime, it removed that version from its ordering tool, noting even for the more expensive versions, “Due to increased customer demand, production capacity of The 2023 model MINI is limited.”
There are many all-electric models coming from the brand. Mini has suggested that it will fully switch to EVs into the early 2030s, and Mini just last week teased a look at the brand’s design direction and an all-electric crossover of the future — in Aceman’s concept. It also recently teased the possibility of an all-electric convertible Cooper SE Convertible.