Mini's electric Cooper SE: Big fun in a small package

The Cooper SE’s styling is headlined by 17-inch wheels called Corona Spoke 2-tone, which are unique to the model and have three hollow spokes and a fourth solid one. Inside, the characteristic circular centre console still dominates, but the instrument cl
The Cooper SE’s styling is headlined by 17-inch wheels called Corona Spoke 2-tone, which are unique to the model and have three hollow spokes and a fourth solid one. Inside, the characteristic circular centre console still dominates, but the instrument cluster has been replaced by a digital display. PHOTOS: MINI
The Cooper SE’s styling is headlined by 17-inch wheels called Corona Spoke 2-tone, which are unique to the model and have three hollow spokes and a fourth solid one. Inside, the characteristic circular centre console still dominates, but the instrument cl
The Cooper SE’s styling is headlined by 17-inch wheels called Corona Spoke 2-tone, which are unique to the model and have three hollow spokes and a fourth solid one. Inside, the characteristic circular centre console still dominates, but the instrument cluster has been replaced by a digital display. PHOTOS: MINI

Mini's electric Cooper SE retains the brand's DNA despite a completely new drivetrain

Like a Cuban sandwich, many ingredients must come together harmoniously to make a good Mini. It has to be agile, have usable space and an eager personality.

But what happens when you replace ham with anchovy - will it still be a Cuban sandwich? Likewise, if you switch out the Mini's petrol drivetrain for an electric one, will it still be a Mini?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2020, with the headline 'Big fun in a small package'. Print Edition | Subscribe