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2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Electric

What’s new

  • New all-electric Cooper SE model
  • New transmissions for gas-powered Hardtop
  • Minor revisions to feature availability
  • Part of the third Hardtop generation introduced for 2014

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble size and handling makes it fun to drive
  • One of the most affordable EVs you can buy
  • Not as much range as other EVs
  • Two-door layout and small backseat limit utility
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2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Review

Mini has come out with a new battery-powered version of its Hardtop 2 Door: the 2020 Mini Cooper SE. It's an electric vehicle that bets more on style and affordability than maximum range.

What about that maximum range? Well, the EPA estimates the Cooper SE will go about 110 miles before its battery runs out. That's fewer than half of the miles similar EVs can go, including the Chevrolet Bolt (259 miles) or Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles). Still, 110 miles is enough for most daily driving you might do. And with an MSRP starting just under $30,000 — and that's before any potential tax credits and incentives — the Mini is a lot less expensive.

A handful of small design tweaks distinguish the Cooper SE from the regular gasoline Hardtop 2 Door. The asymmetrical wheels on the top Iconic trim level, which have holes that are styled to look like a British electrical plug, are the most obvious visual change. The interior receives a few changes as well, but only in terms of adding unique displays tailored to the needs of an EV. Otherwise, the cabin is pure Mini Cooper, including the cargo space, which remains unchanged.

Handling and acceleration are also suitable for the Mini brand. The Cooper SE zips around turns and is quick to accelerate. Mini says it'll go from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds, which is respectably quick for an affordable EV. The regenerative braking of when you lift off the accelerator is also strong, allowing you to drive the Cooper SE with just one pedal most of the time.

Overall, we like the 2020 Mini Cooper SE. Its modest range and two-door body style limit its appeal, but if you simply want a fun EV for commuting, it's worth checking out. Otherwise, the Bolt, Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV will likely be better choices.

Which Hardtop 2 Door does Edmunds recommend?

Much of the Cooper SE's appeal comes from its low price, and the best way to take advantage of it is by going with the base Signature trim level. It still comes with enough convenience and technology features to likely keep you satisfied.

2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door models

The two-door Cooper SE is available in three trim levels: Signature, Signature Plus and Iconic. All come with a 181-horsepower electric motor that powers the front wheels.

Feature highlights include:

  • LED headlights
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless ignition and entry

Also comes with standard tech and safety features such as:

  • DC fast-charging capability
  • 6.5-inch central display
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking

Signature Plus
Adds on with:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Additional wheel choices
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Premium sound system

Tops the Cooper SE line with:

  • Distinctively styled Power Spoke wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen
  • Head-up display
  • Wireless device charging

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door.

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    Features & Specs

    Cooper SE 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    Cooper SE 2dr Hatchback
    electric DD
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission1-speed direct drive
    Horsepower181 hp @ 7000 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite Hardtop 2 Door safety features:

    Parking Assistant
    Finds an available parallel parking spot and guides the Hardtop into the space with minimal driver input.
    Front and Rear Park Distance Control
    Sounds an alert as the Hardtop approaches an object in front of or behind the vehicle.
    Active Driving Assistant
    Maintains a set distance between the Hardtop and the vehicle ahead while the cruise control system is active.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat3 / 5
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.1%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. the competition

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

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    Compare Mini Hardtop 2 Door & Volkswagen Golf GTI features

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Hyundai Veloster

    The Hyundai Veloster is one of our favorite small hatchbacks. It provides an excellent driving experience and impressive features for the money. And there's plenty of power if you go with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the Veloster N. The Veloster also offers a unique three-door setup that allows for easier access to the back seat.

    Compare Mini Hardtop 2 Door & Hyundai Veloster features

    Mini Hardtop 2 Door vs. Mini Hardtop 4 Door

    You like the idea of owning a Mini Hardtop but you need a bit more space than the 2 Door offers. Take a look at the 4 Door version. It has the same engine lineup and is available with the same features. Mainly, you get the two extra doors and a little more rear legroom. The 4 Door is more expensive, but the extra usability is worth it.

    Compare Mini Hardtop 2 Door & Mini Hardtop 4 Door features


    Is the MINI Hardtop 2 Door a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Hardtop 2 Door both on the road and at the track. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Hardtop 2 Door has 8.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a MINI Hardtop 2 Door. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door:

    • New all-electric Cooper SE model
    • New transmissions for gas-powered Hardtop
    • Minor revisions to feature availability
    • Part of the third Hardtop generation introduced for 2014
    Learn more
    Is the MINI Hardtop 2 Door reliable?
    To determine whether the MINI Hardtop 2 Door is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Hardtop 2 Door. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Hardtop 2 Door's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Hardtop 2 Door is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door?

    The least-expensive 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door is the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Cooper SE 2dr Hatchback (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $29,900.

    Other versions include:

    • Cooper SE 2dr Hatchback (electric DD) which starts at $29,900
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    What are the different models of MINI Hardtop 2 Door?
    If you're interested in the MINI Hardtop 2 Door, the next question is, which Hardtop 2 Door model is right for you? Hardtop 2 Door variants include Cooper SE 2dr Hatchback (electric DD). For a full list of Hardtop 2 Door models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Electric Overview

    The 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Electric is offered in the following styles: Cooper SE 2dr Hatchback (electric DD).

    What do people think of the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Electric?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Electric and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Hardtop 2 Door Electric.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Electric and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Hardtop 2 Door Electric featuring deep dives into trim levels including Cooper SE, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Electric here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 MINI Hardtop 2 Door Electric?

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