Plug-In Hybrid MINI to Start From €36,000 In Europe

JAN 17 2017 BY MARK KANE 17

According to reports from Brussels Motor Show, MINI intends to price the upcoming plug-in hybrid Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 from €36,000 (incl. 21% VAT) in Europe (Belgium specifically), which is just over $38,000 in USD.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

We should of course point out you can’t simple exchange currencies to get an expected price for other regions of the world…at least not usually, this time excepted.

The European pricing represents a ~12% premium over the starting price of €32,250 for the Cooper S ALL 4 …which is a fairly reasonable proposition.

In the US, the same petrol model starts from $31,600, meaning if the pricing structure holds up, the plug-in hybrid MINI that was unveiled at the LA autoshow, should have a price-tag around $35,500.

ETA on the PHEV’s arrival on the market is June of 2017.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 spec

  • all-wheel drive with 1.5L 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Technology petrol engine (134 hp) and 65 kW (87 hp) electric motor
  • up to 40 km (25 miles) of all-electric range NEDC – one can mostly likely expect around 25-28 km/15-17 miles EPA
  • 7.6 kWh battery
  • 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds


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17 Comments on "Plug-In Hybrid MINI to Start From €36,000 In Europe"

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Mini is right… 🙁

I sincerely question the need for such models that only get 15 miles AER when they’re already fuel efficient vehicles. I mean it’s not like this is a Suburban saving a gallon of gas every 12 miles…

I mean heck, even the Prius gets 25 miles or so AER and there is the added benefit of it being cheaper than it’s not plug in sibling!

The first prius EV had 0-5 miles AER. minis first gen EV has more

The Mini is not already an efficient vehicle compared to most mid sized hybrids, or even, to compare the same size vehicles, a Prius C. The difference between 30/40 and 55/50 is 25 to 50 percent. If they can design a good hybrid that significantly reduces fuel consumption that just happens to have a large pluggable battery pack, why the hell not?!?

I think you’ll see a lot of this. The more hybrid expertise (read, high MPG), the better! If they just so happen to be able to put a fat enough pack and motor to support all electric operation, well, that’s only natural given the technological and cost evolution of drivetrains occurring in the last several years.

This is what I realized when I saw the Pacifica Hybrid. They don’t even advertise the pluggability of it. In the course of designing a modern hybrid system, doing all the analysis with up to the quarter suppliers and engineering knowledge, I think they came up with a plug in hybrid.

The Prius Prime also lends credence to this point. I think it’s okay if a lot of the systems happen to have less than 20 miles all EV range. I mean, closer 40 or 50 is much better, but if 20-miles-EV turns out to be their sweet spot for making a beautiful, high-MPG hybrid system, that’s great too.

Not everyone are ready to jump in the BEV wagon. For my girl friend that would be a perfect solution, she would do 80%-90% of her mileage under electric power. She would drastically reduce her carbon foot print and her next car would probably be electric after trying it.

BMW approach has merits, it’s not perfect, but at least they are currently the OEM that offers the highest number of plugin models. If they would all do like them, we would all be better off.

Such a shame, it’s overpriced and has a battery that’s too small, It won’t sell well in Europe at that price.

My Outlander PHEV has a 12 kWh battery, gets 23 miles in winter and was cheaper than this.

Prices always depend on the individual markets. In Belgium the Outlander PHEV is 48,000, so this Mini is 12k less expensive. I don’t know if its a good deal, but better than you think.

In Holland the Outlander PHEV sold really well. Wondering what MINI could do in Europe.

Stupid Board of Directors @ Mini.

Wait, wait. A BMW PHEV. Let me guess the range…

Yep, ludicrously low. It is longer than some of their larger vehicles though since they reuse their systems across models.

Pricing in EU depends on the subsidies provided in different countries and so we cannot take this Belgian price as EU price.

If this is the EU wide price, then the higher price could be because of the fact that this is a CUV which is much bigger in interior space.

For a mileage conscious person, its better to go for a smaller vehicle like Leaf, Bolt, Volt, etc.

Very excited for this! The range can get me to work where I can charge for the trip home. Enough for putsching around town on days off and many places in the general area to charge when the range is exhausted. It would just be nice to be back in a MINI product after 6 years with Leafs (which I have enjoyed dearly). And it’s a decent stopgap for whatever their eventual pure EV will be at decades end. Model Y is also in the back of my head if it reaches fruition and MINI E is for some reason shadowed by it.

I understand the usability of these plug-ins doesn’t necessitate it and why they come the way they are ($), but I would really appreciate and benefit from a higher kW on-board charger like the Accord plug-in. It could charge in less than an hour compared to the PiP of the time which would take 1.5 hours for a 30% larger battery. It would be nice to get a fuller charge in about an hour compared to around 3 hours.

All things considered, it’s a welcome addition to the lineup.

Another (Euro) industrial point of view

Not long ago I saw a “fully charged” vid on Youtube in which they were invited by GKN Plc, a British engineering group that do the electrification (according to GKN representative in this vid) for:
1/ the Mitsu Outlander.
2/ BMW (all their PHEV’s it seems)
3/ Fiat
They were also taking part in the design of the Nissan leaf apparently. So a KEY player in electrification about whom amazingly little is known.

So it would be nice to have an article about them on inside evs that would give some technical details about the type of electrification (PHEV) they offer to their customers (in place of an article mentioning a new 0.00001 sec gain on a 0-60 for example or whatever easter egg I expect few grown ups here are interested in. I wonder if the GKN made electrification of the Mitsu Outlander is using the same basic technical options as in BMW 530e for example. The range of these PHEV’s in itself is purely based on battery energy density and cost, so a totally different area of engineering than GKN seems to be involved with.

Another (Euro) industrial point of view

I mean this is relevant to this article as likely it is also GKN who electrified the mini.

I believe they also played a part in the BMW i8 & Volvo XC90 hybrids ?

Way not worth it.

A range of 15-17 miles, will equate to 30-40% of driving for most people, per government estimates. And since electric miles pollute at least half as much (per the average US utility) as a hybrid, than of course this makes sense to do it. It means an overall equivalent more in the range of 50-60mpg, vs 30-40mpg of the typical AWD hybrid. It’s a start. Yes, the outlander PHEV is more practical, in my opinion however, but this is a much smaller car, and thus room for a much smaller battery without effecting practicality.