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Mini Cooper Electric

2022 Electric Mini

Like most other automobile manufacturers, Mini Cooper has also decided to go electric. The company has stated that by 2030 most of its vehicles will be electric. The automaker released its first MINI Cooper electric car three years ago but has made many changes to the all-electric 2022 vehicle. Even though the company is partly owned by BMW, it still retains most of its iconic “MINI” features and remains a fun car to drive in the inner cities. But what does the 2022 electric MINI offer?

Mini Cooper Electric

The Future of Mini Cooper Electric Cars

If you are looking for the 2022 MINI Cooper electric SE to take you a long distance on a single charge, that’s not going to happen yet. Because MINIs are small cars, the size of the battery is also limited. With a small battery, the mileage offered per charge is also less. The current MINI offers up to 130 miles, which some may argue is low, but the MINI hatchback was never made for long-distance driving. With the small battery, the mileage will be able to get you anywhere in most cities in the U.S. with plenty of battery power to spare. 

The car has ample acceleration that will allow you to zip in and out of congested, narrow streets. It can accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, which is good enough for inner-city driving, where speed is not always of utmost importance.

Under the hood is the typical BMW-designed synchronous compact motor unit with a low-lying battery giving the car a low center of gravity. This design gives the MINI great agility and allows go-kart-like handling ability.

There are four drive modes to select from which include sports, mid (default), green, and green+. Irrespective of the drive mode, however, the SE 3 has abundant zippiness and the ride is comfortable.

The exterior of the 2022 MINI Cooper electric hardtop is not much different than the previous models except for the upgraded rear and front bumpers, compact grill, and a new wheel design. Inside, the SE is most comfortable for the front seat occupants. The 5.5-inch display is not much different but there is a redesigned steering wheel and various instrument signages which provide information on battery charge level, power level, drive mode, etc.

Other features include heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Sirius satellite radio, hands-free passive entry, rear-view camera, LED front lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and level 1 and level 2 charging cables.

The 2022 MINI is one of the most affordable EVs on the market with a MINI Cooper electric price of $30K. Granted, it will not take you hundreds of miles on a single charge, but for city driving, it is a superb environmentally conscious car that is fun to drive. It is one of the few cars that is still eligible for a federal rebate that will shave off $7,500 from the MINI Cooper electric price.

To learn more about how to get a MINI of your own, contact Braman Motorcars at 1-561-666-4791 or visit their showroom today.

MINI Countryman Cargo Space

Mini Cooper Clubman vs Countryman

Mini Coopers have steadily been gaining in popularity in North America for several reasons including: compactness, ease of parking, driving experience, great fuel efficiency, and ideal city driving. The small size, however, has limited the number of customers who would like to purchase these vehicles, and thus, over the past few years, Mini has slightly expanded the size of its latest models: the Clubman and Countryman. So, today let’s explore the Mini Cooper Clubman vs Countryman.

Both the MINI Cooper Clubman and Countryman have similar features, including the shape and same four-door hatchback design.

WHAT SETS THE COUNTRYMAN AND THE CLUBMAN APART?

The 2021 Countryman is a classy car with many upgrades (compared to the previous models) but more importantly, it has expanded cargo space and roomier rear passenger seating. For supreme comfort, the Mini Countryman will not disappoint. But, how does it compare to the 2021 Clubman, which also offers many upgrades and luxury?

The MINI Cooper Clubman vs. Countryman: 

To start, the Countryman is a slightly larger MINI than the Clubman in length, width, and height. In addition, all Countryman trims come with a standard moonroof and several extra color options to enhance the style. On the road, both MINIs are easily able to tackle all types of terrain effortlessly.

Though both MINIs offer good fuel efficiency, the Clubman is slightly faster than the Countryman, but the latter has 4-wheel drive and offers much better traction. 

While both the MINI Cooper Clubman and Countryman have expanded to seat a fifth passenger, the Countryman has slightly more cargo and headspace. In addition, because the Countryman has split rear doors, it also permits easy loading and unloading of luggage.

The Clubman, on the other hand, features standard heated front seats. Both MINIs have similar driver-assist features, like electronic stability control and emergency brake assist, but the Clubman also has other standard features, such as daytime running lights, intelligent rain-sensing wipers, auto-leveling headlight for better visibility, keyless start, and fog lamps, which are optional for the Countryman. 

Both models have the same modern infotainment system and allow a hands-free operation but only the Clubman offers wireless connectivity as a standard feature. Further, the 2021 Mini Clubman also comes with standard climate control features, which ensures a more comfortable ride – a definite edge over the Countryman.

In regard to the MINI Cooper Clubman vs. Countryman fuel efficiency, there is no difference in the fuel economy between the two MINIs, which average about 29 mpg in the city.

WHICH MINI SHOULD I CHOOSE?

So: Mini Cooper Clubman vs Countryman: Which one is the best MINI Cooper?  For luxury and more space, the 2021 Countryman stands apart, but if you are looking for a sporty driving and comfortable experience, the Clubman stands tall. In the end, the differences between the two are minor and both cars offer similar performance on the road. The only way to know which MINI to select is to test drive one and determine which you like the most.  You can’t go wrong either way.

Finally, the MINI Cooper Clubman vs. Countryman are similar in price. The Countryman S starts at $33,250 for a front-wheel-drive base model, while the Clubman starts at $31,750. Add in the accessories and other fees and the cost averages about $40,000.  Call a MINI Cooper expert at Braman Motorcars today at 1-561-666-4791.  Which is the best MINI Cooper?  Swing on by the dealership today to compare the MINI experience!

Are MINI Coopers Reliable?

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The Mini Cooper has been around for many decades. The car first evolved in the UK after World War II, and by the ‘60s and ‘70s, it appeared to be just the right car for the narrow British roads. In addition, besides being compact, the car consumed less gas, was easy to drive, and could be parked in any small space. The Mini Cooper was sold around the world, and its stylish appearance quickly made it a global icon. But, the question remains: are MINI Coopers reliable?

By the 1980s, Mini had fallen out of favor because of a couple problems, including lack of reliability. Recalls were common and complaints were numerous throughout the 1990s, including the driving system, the engine cooling system, and the suspension. By the 1990s, no one wanted a Mini Cooper as it was deemed to be less than worthwhile. Mini Cooper reliability was pretty questionable.

In 1994, BMW acquired the Rover Group, and the Mini Cooper underwent a rejuvenation. The new three- or five-door Mini with the hardtop became an instant hit. Not only was the new Mini elegant, but it was also a great car for millennials and small families. And with gas prices rising globally, the car was in big demand. People started asking, “Are the new Mini Coopers reliable?”

Early reviews from 2003-2010 touted it as the car of the year in many countries, but all of the hype was a little premature.  Yet again, Mini Cooper reliability was a question on many people’s minds.

But, as time wore on, the Minis made between 2000-2010 still had technical and functional issues. Owners frequently had to bring Mini back for unscheduled repairs. It was back to the drawing board for BMW. The German technicians analyzed every aspect of the car and then released the third generation of Minis (mks); and finally, there was a product that proved to be functional, fun to drive, AND reliable.

Each year since then, the manufacturer has been making slight upgrades to the Mini. Fast forward to today, and the Mini Cooper is sold around the world and is in huge demand. The current 2020 model is similar to the 2014 model and has kept improving. BMW has learned from its past mistakes, has left untouched what has worked, and has fixed the issues that were causing problems.

Even though Mini has released many models over the past decade, the most popular are the: Cooper S, Mini Cooper, and Countryman. While they all have slight variations, from the standpoint of reliability, they are all fairly similar since they have the same engine.

Has Mini Cooper reliability gotten better? The Mini has come a long way. The latest models have excellent handling, are fun to drive, have improved aesthetics, and have become very reliable cars. Today, the Minis have earned excellent ratings. Complaints like those in the early 2000s are very rare.

Now, are Mini Coopers reliable? Based on current data, if you want to purchase a used Mini Cooper, the Minis from 2016-2020 models are recommended. These Minis have had the fewest complaints and have earned the most driver satisfaction. In many surveys, the Mini Cooper has earned a top spot as the car of the year because of dependability and affordability.

In the end, while the Mini Cooper is a great car, it is not for everyone. It caters to a certain segment of the population, usually millennials and younger families, millennials, and those who want a car just for city driving or to run small errands. It is not a car meant for long-distance traveling nor is it meant for large families. The latest generation of Mini Coopers all fall under the F generation, except for the Countryman and Clubman. If you are considering buying a used Mini, it goes without saying, you need to get the car inspected thoroughly by a licensed mechanic. Go over the history of the car to make sure that it has not had any major issues, and purchase it from a reliable dealer. But if you stick to models made after 2016, you most likely can’t go wrong.  To answer any questions you may have, don’t hesitate to contact Braman Motorcars MINI at 1-561-666-4791 or come by our showroom today.

MINI Countryman Cargo Space

How much cargo space does a MINI Cooper Countryman have?

The recently introduced Mini Cooper Countryman is a subcompact three-cylinder vehicle with an elegant cabin made of high-quality materials and has many options that can be customized.

The Countryman is fun to drive, agile, and gets you around without any hassles. One question that many potential buyers ask is, “How much cargo space does the MINI Cooper Countryman have?”

The first thing to appreciate is that the Countryman is a compact crossover, and the cargo space is somewhat limited due to the design.

Since the MINI Cooper Countryman has the transmission and engine mounted in the front, the rest of the MINI is freed up to maximize both the rear storage and passenger space.

The MINI Countryman cargo space may be somewhat modest and a tad smaller than other subcompact SUVs, but it offers a number of storage nooks where personal items can be stashed.

The rear seats can provide some maneuverability by sliding backward and forwards, and that can help with cargo and passenger space.

The Countryman MINI Cooper seating offers ample head and legroom, and the seats are supportive of good posture.

A power driver seat is a MINI Cooper seating option that can increase the support and comfort of a longer trip for the driver.

Considering the overall shape and size of the vehicle, the MINI Countryman cargo space is not huge, but it is considered ample for its size.

The MINI Cooper seating can accommodate five persons (although four would be more comfortable) and the option of adjustable seats (moving eight different ways) is available.

The Countryman is second to the MINI Clubman in terms of MINI cargo space at 47.4 cubic feet.  If you have the Countryman plug-in hybrid, the space is slightly less.

This means that because the rear seats can slide forward and backward, you can increase the cargo space to carry several suitcases, including your set of golf clubs.

The 2022 Cooper Countryman is, in fact, bigger in all dimensions than the previous models; therefore, you will note that the cargo space can be adjusted to be a little larger.

Interested in learning more about the MINI Cooper Countryman, contact us today.

MINI Countryman

2022 MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN REVIEW, PRICING, AND SPECS

The 2022 MINI Cooper Countryman is being introduced to the North American market at just the right time.  It is not only the right size, but it is compact, too — just what the millennials need, a MINI Cooper SUV.

Like many other car manufacturers, the makers of the 2022 MINI Cooper Countryman have only made minor changes to the vehicle.  The features that have been working well in past models have not been altered. The few changes in the Countryman that are standard include a lane departure warning, LED headlights, and a complimentary one-year subscription to Sirius XM satellite radio. The newer Boardwalk Edition, a limited production vehicle, will be available as an all-wheel or front-wheel drive.

This Limited Boardwalk Edition Countryman will be easy to spot on the roads because it comes with a distinctive Deep Laguna metallic/glossy paint on a darkish background with its prominent 18-inch wheels. 

The 2022 MINI Cooper Countryman comes with 3 tiers of powertrains, starting with 134 hp turbocharged 3 cylinders.  A better option for some, perhaps, is the Cooper S, which has a more powerful 189 Hp turbo 4-cylinder engine. Experts recommend the Cooper S with its 4-cylinder engine as it provides an additional 55 hp over the standard 3 cylinders of the slightly larger-than-normal size of the 2022 MINI Cooper SUV. 

The interior of the 2022 MINI Cooper Countryman is made of high-quality fabrics and has comfortable seating, even for passengers seated in the back. The interior has many storage pouches to store personal items and your coffee mug. 

All S models come with a panoramic roof, black leather seats, supportive and heated front seats, dual-zone climate, passive entry, and parking sensors. If you are going to be driving on slippery terrain or in wet conditions, you may want to choose an all-wheel drive model, which gives better traction. Other features of the 2022 MINI Cooper Countryman include a 6.5-inch state-of-the-art infotainment system and an 8.8-inch display for navigation. Apple Car Play capability is an option, as is self-parking assistance.  There is also an option for a complete driver assistance package that will permit a heads-up display and adaptive cruise control.

Like all other MINIs, the Countryman is best suited for inner-city driving for small families. The cargo space in the rear is just enough for one small suitcase. While the plug-in hybrid offers the best fuel efficiency, the thriftiest among the non-hybrids is the 3-cylinder MINI Cooper that offers 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

WHAT WILL BE THE COST OF THE COUNTRYMAN?

The base price of the 2022 MINI Cooper Countryman will be $29,950, with the Boardwalk Edition starting at $39,215, and the Cooper S E plugin hybrid bringing the highest cost at $42,350.  As with all MINIs, the 2022 MINI Cooper Countryman comes with powertrain warranties for 4 years or 50,000 miles, great corrosion coverage, and covered scheduled maintenance for 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Mini Cooper Electric

You Can Now Add MINI Accessories to Your Electric Cooper SE

MINI Cooper accessories have been popular for quite some time now, adding functionality to these much beloved vehicles.

From options that turn your MINI into a weekend warrior in its own right to add-ons that mean additional functionality from the backseat, MINI enthusiasts are always looking for great ways to do more, and the number of accessories for the MINI Cooper has only grown in the past years.

Fortunately, those who have just purchased an Electric Cooper SE can now share in the power of those accessories. 

What MINI Cooper Accessories Are Now Available for Electric Owners?

If you love your electric, but you’re ready to make sure it does more for you than get you from point A to point B each day, you’re certain to love the brand new line of accessories, especially if you’re looking to spice up your weekend.

Add a railing or a roof rack system that means you can travel almost everywhere. With the roof rack system in place, you can also purchase the MINI roof box that allows you to stow your bike helmet, tent, or even picnic supplies.

It has a capacity of 320 liters and is around 1.90 meters long (which is plenty of length for your skis, too! This sleek black box comes with embossed stripes and the MINI logo. It can be locked and accessed from either side.

Need a bit more room? Once the roof rack system is in place, you can stow your bike when you add the touring bike holder. No matter what size your bike is, you’ll be able to carry it almost anywhere with a high strength-aluminum clamping system and two tension straps. 

If you’re not looking to carry anything but you do wish your passengers in the rear seats had a bit more, you may want to have the Travel and Comfort system installed.

This basic carrier is easy to mount between the headrest rails of either front seat, and you can add a number of different attachments including a tablet holder or a universal hook for a bag. There’s even a folding table that can be used as a work surface.

Fully adjustable, it’s held with the Travel and Comfort system so no matter where you go or who you’re with, your rear passengers will have access to a bit of extra space. 

Electric MINI owners everywhere are looking for a bit more versatility, and the MINI accessories now available to them provide that and so much more.

2022 Silver and Black MINI Hardtop 2 Door

The 2022 MINI Hardtop 2 Door : First Look

The 2022 MINI Hardtop 2 Door will be on the market soon! Unfortunately, not everyone’s hopes are fulfilled with this model.

The 2022 MINI hardtop appears eerily similar to the 2021 model except for some minor changes. There are no major mechanical rejuvenations and the chassis and powertrain remain the same. 

Under the Hood

Both the Cooper and Cooper S will come with manual transmission though the JCW models will have an 8 speed automatic.

This isn’t a huge change from before. The base model offers a 134 horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with three cylinders. The JCW offers a bit more with a 2.0 liter engine offering 228 horsepower. 

The Same Iconic Look

Much of the exterior on this model hasn’t changed,  and the prime reason is that MINI wants the iconic look to remain.

The only difference with the 2022 MINI Hardtop 2 Door is the front fascia which comes with a new body color-making the mini look like a big bumper.

Other cosmetic changes include removal of the fog lights which have been replaced by ‘bad weather light’ that has neatly been integrated with the LED headlights.

There is a new rear bumper in all the 2022 MINIs except the electric Cooper SE, which retains the same bumper from the 2021 model.

However, the one nice change is the multitone roof designed to separate the 2022 MINI Hardtop 2 Door from the rest of the pack. The tri-colored roof blends from dark blue to light blue to black.

But it is the inside that has seen the most changes. All The 2022 MINIs including the convertible, hardtop, and hardtop Cooper SE have a newly designed dash with modified air vents.

Besides the 8.8-inch touch screen infotainment system, the 2022 MINIs come with Apple Carplay as an extra.

The steering wheel has some refinements and there is an option of heating, plus a few choices in upholstery. As with all MINIs, the 2022 hardtops have very little space in the rear.

The Price Tag

The pricing of the 2022 MINIs is already available; all of them will be slightly more expensive than the 2021 models by about $500.

The least expensive is the 2-door hardtop Cooper Classic which has a base price of $23,400. The JCW signature will cost an extra $750 as a convertible and $1,000 more for the hardtop model. Only the price of the electric Cooper SE’s remains unchanged and will start at $30,400.

The production of the 2022 MINI Hardtop, Hardtop Cooper SE, and the convertible will start in March and most dealerships will have the cars for sale by April. The time to place your order is right now!

2022 MINI Electric Dashbooard Feature

2022 MINI Cooper Electric Review, Pricing, and Specs

Like many other auto manufacturers, Mini Cooper has decided to go with the flow. What works this year will hopefully also work in 2022.

Apart from minor style changes, the 2022 Mini Cooper electric vehicle remains the same as the 2021 model, including the range on a single charge.

The few minor alterations include amended rear and front fascias, a new front splitter, and black elements, like the grilled sound that gives the 2022 Mini Cooper electric vehicle a sportier look.

Prospective buyers will have the option of a bluish tinge on the Multi-tone roof. As expected, the powertrain from the 2021 model remains unchanged as the Cooper SE has been on the market for less than two years.

The 2022 Mini Cooper electric vehicle powers the front wheels with a carry-over powertrain, featuring a 181 hp electric motor and a single-speed transmission.

Like the 2021 model, the 2022 version has an estimated range of 110 miles from its 32.6Kwh lithium battery.

Mini Cooper is well aware of the shortcomings of a short-range vehicle but says that this particular model is not only more affordable than other small EVs, but it is also more fun to drive because of its “go-kart” like handling.  Fun can be an important factor.

The few new cosmetic changes include a new body-colored trim piece that covers the black impact protection bar.

The previous long, wide yellow accent on the front has been replaced by a subtle “S.” The fog lights have been replaced by an extra LED element in the headlights. The LED taillights now feature a Union Jack accent.

Mini is also offering a collector’s edition of the 2022 Cooper SE called the Electric Collection.

This model will feature a similar exterior but will include extras, like a customized 17-inch wheel, matrix LED headlights, custom door sills, black side mirror caps, and leather trim on the steering wheel.

The interior has also seen some minor changes, including a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen, which is compatible with Apple Carplay. Other accessories offer a full range of safety features, including a lane departure warning, heated steering wheel, and satellite radio.

As in all previous Minis, the back seat is small and has limited cargo space. But the 2022 mini has been geared towards the Millenials, who, some statistics note, prefer to limit their travels within city limits and appear cool.

The one other thing about the Mini that has not changed is the price. The electric Mini Cooper price is the same as the 2021 model.

The basic price starts at $30,750, which does not include a federal EV tax credit of $7,500, which will bring the price down to close to $22K in some states.

The exact release date for the 2022 Mini Cooper EV is not known but dealerships can anticipate the cars arriving in late spring or early summer.  The electric Mini Cooper price is one more note of merit that will have customers flocking to purchase this model.

2022 MINI Cooper Exterior

2022 MINI Cooper 4 Door Specs and Pricing

News about the rejuvenated 2022 MINI Cooper 4-door hatch is filtering in and for the most part, there are no significant new changes compared to the previous models.

The iconic car still retains its same style and design with no major changes in the mechanics of the MINI. The 2022 MINI Cooper will be available in manual as well as an eight-speed automatic.

2022 MINI Cooper Types

The MINI will be available in hardtop as well as a ragtop convertible. The hardtop will also be available in 3 and 5 doors. The 2022 MINI will be available as a three-cylinder with 134 hp or a four-cylinder engine with 189 hp.

2022 MINI Cooper Exterior

It appears that the exterior is similar to older models but there is a new body-color insert on the front grille. The older fog lights have been removed and replaced by standard LED headlights.

However, two features that are distinct for the 2022 MINI Cooper 4-door hatch are the multi-colored (toned) roof and the new wheels.

2022 MINI Cooper Interior

However, it is the interior that has the most changes. The hardtop and the convertible have both undergone a modified dashboard with distinct air vents.

The digital instrument setup is the same as is the touch screen infotainment system, which also includes Apple CarPlay. Unfortunately, the MINI still does not offer an Android Auto feature.

The steering wheel is slightly smaller but comes with a heated option as well as a variety of choices in upholstery. Also new is a digital gauge display, lane-departure warning, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

2022 MINI Cooper cost?

The 2022 MINI Cooper in all three trims (classic, signature, and iconic) will cost at least $500 more than the 2021 models. The cheapest will be the 2-door hardtop Cooper Classic at a base price of $23,400.

The Signature in hardtop form will be an additional $1,000 and the convertible will cost an extra $750. However, the Electric Cooper’s price will remain the same with a base price of $30,400.

For consumers who want a reliable vehicle with style and comfort, the base model is very affordable but if you are looking for some luxury features and the “WOW” factor, go for the S models, which are just as fancy as other hatchbacks made by Volkswagen, BMW, and Mercedes.

The 2022 MINI Cooper will enter mass production in March and be available at dealerships within a few months.

Because the upgrades are minor, the price increase is not expected to be significant. But if you are on a tight budget and still prefer the older MINI look, you will not go wrong with a 2021 model.

2022 MINI Cooper Electric Vehicle

This Is What Makes The MINI Cooper SE The Best Cheap New EV

The world is waiting with great anticipation for the introduction of the 2022 Mini Cooper electric car. So far, pundits reveal that it will perhaps be the most affordable electric vehicle on the market but, more importantly, it will still come with many features and options that will put its other electric vehicle competitors at a huge disadvantage.

What Does the 2022 Mini Cooper EV have to offer?

Like previous Mini Coopers, the 2022 will be a two-door all-electric vehicle with sturdy handling, swift accelerations, and extreme stability on all terrains.

The one major difference compared to its competitors will be the smaller battery pack, which will limit the Mini Cooper’s driving range to only 110 miles on a full charge.

2022 Cooper SE Features

To overcome the shorter driving distance, the manufacturer has indicated that the 2022 Cooper SE will be one of the least expensive electric vehicles on the market.

But does that mean it will be bare of all the typical extraordinary features of the Mini? The exact opposite is true: the car will come with a host of popular customizable features.

The 2022 Mini Cooper EV is geared towards a certain demographic, those who typically don’t venture out of the city or go on long journeys. Therefore, they will not need to worry about the shorter driving range.

The 2022 Cooper SE looks much the same as the past models, with a small rear seat and tiny cargo space.

The limited cargo space is perfectly suited for a few grocery bags, a laptop, and perhaps a small carry-on. The space is not designed for large luggage.

Released in late 2021

The prototype of the 2022 Mini Cooper electric vehicle has been tested in China, where it will be introduced in the latter part of 2021.

Some novel design features of the Mini 2002 will be a trunk lid and a slightly changed wing mirror. There will also be some minor alterations to the rear and front bumpers to enhance the aesthetics.

With electrical vehicles constantly improving, the Mini electric will come with a battery pack of 28.9kWh/32.6 kWh.

It is hoped that the smaller battery will lead to a faster charge time of fewer than 60 minutes, but all this remains speculative as the manufacturers have been relatively quiet about the features of the Mini electric vehicle.

Currently, there is much global interest in Mini Cooper vehicles primarily because they are solid cars with a great reputation.

They are easy to handle and excellent for driving, especially in urban areas. While the exact price remains to be determined, it will be about $500 more than the 2021 model.

The base price for the Mini Cooper EV will start at $23,750, which is a very respectable and affordable price.