We’re less than a month away from the public debut of the new U25 2024 MINI Countryman Electric and details are beginning to emerge on range, performance and even charging speed. We’ve detailed some of these details before but thanks for new information, we have our best look yet at what daily life might be with the first ever MINI Countryman electric.

MINI Countryman Electric – The Models

MINI is simplifying its model offerings on both the ICE (internal combustion engine) and EV side with this new U25 generation of Countryman. Focusing on the EV side, MINI will launch two electric configurations simply named the Countryman E and Countryman SE. While the Cooper name will now be exclusive to the smaller MINIs, you can think of the E as the Cooper model and the SE and the Cooper S but all with more power than you’re used to (more on that later). The Countryman E will make do with a single motor driving the front wheels. The Countryman SE will offer a two motor set-up and introduce an al new All4 system driving (you guessed it) all four wheels. Availability of both models will be dependent on the market. For instance MINIUSA currently only has plans to important the Countryman SE for the US market.

MINI Countryman Electric – The Range

Range was never going to be massive for a small crossover like the 2025 MINI Countryman electric. And as you can see here it’s likely not going to win many comparisons on range along. According to MINI, the Countryman E will see a 273 mile WLTP range while the SE will get a slightly lower 261 miles.

It’s important to note that, unlike Tesla, BMW has a history of rating their cars conservatively from horsepower to range. EPA figures are self reported by automakers, and thus there’s some flexibility in how they test and produce numbers. Third party tests have shown brands like BMW and Porsche are often under-reporting real-world range in order to accommodate for various conditions. We would expect the same here.

Countryman ECountryman SE*
WLTP Range – Europe273 miles261 miles
EPA Range – United States (estimated)213 miles204 miles
*The SE will be the only model imported to North America

How does this translate into EPA range for the US market? We’ve done some basic calculations to give us an idea. The WLTP testing protocol produces, on average 22% higher mileage figures than EPA testing by. By doing that we’ve got some rough numbers which at least gives us an idea of what will be on the window stickler. It’s worth noting that, in our experience, real world performance often lies somewhere in the middle, a bit closer to the EPA numbers. 

Will a 204 Miles Range Be Enough? Will the range be enough for markets like North America? Looking at comparable models (there aren’t many) it would seem that it’s on the low side. But critically it’s not that far off from other models in its space.

EPA RangeStarting MSRP
Volvo XC40 Recharge223$55,300
Tesla Model Y279$53,380
Kia EV6310$50,025
Polstar 2270$49,800
Nissan Ariya304$48,485
Subaru Soltara228$46,220
Mustang Mach E315$45,995
Hyundai Ionic 5303$45,295
Tesla Model 3272$44,380
Toyota bZ4X252$43,335
VW ID 4204$40,290
Kia Niro253$40,875
MINI Countryman SE204$39,000 (*estimated)
Volvo EX30275$36,145
Nissan Leaf S Plus226$36,040
Hyundai Kona Electric258$34,885
MINI Cooper SE (F56)114$30,895
Nissan Leaf149$29,135
Chevy Bolt EUV247$28,795
Chevy Bolt EV259$27,495
We’ve estimated the MSRP based on the historical pricing relationship between the Cooper and the Countryman. However don’t be surprised if that pricing relationship evolves in this new generation as MINI moves the Countryman up a category due to its size increase.

Range is only only key data point. There’s charging speed, overall efficiency and of course that all important fun to drive data point. But that aside there’s no question the U25 electric Countryman SE will have range on the lower end of its market. Despite it bring not that far off of cars like the VW ID4 and the Nissan Leaf S Plus, will its EPA range of just over 200 miles be enough? What do you think? Does the design, performance and quality of the MINI Countryman make up for a range that’s marginally lower than some of the competitors?

2025 MINI Countryman Electric Charging Speed

Charging speed is as critical is not more so than range depending on your situation. And if we look at the identical electric BMW iX1 sold in Europe, we get an idea of what the Countryman electric should offer in terms of charging speed. The BMW iX1 supports DC fast-charging at up to 130 kW, which can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in only 29 minutes. While we don’t have global data (much less US specific data), we do have European data on charging speeds which should give you an idea of what we’ll see with the 2025 MINI Countryman Electric.

Charging PointMax. PowerPowerTimeRate
Standard 11.0 kW On-Board Charger
Wall Plug (2.3 kW)230V / 1x10A2.3 kW33h15m11 km/h
1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)230V / 1x16A3.7 kW20h45m18 km/h
1-phase 32A (7.4 kW)230V / 1x32A7.4 kW10h30m35 km/h
3-phase 16A (11 kW)400V / 3x16A11 kW7 hours53 km/h
3-phase 32A (22 kW)400V / 3x16A11 kW †7 hours53 km/h
Optional 22.0kW On-Board Charger *
Wall Plug (2.3 kW)230V / 1x10A2.3 kW33h15m11 km/h
1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)230V / 1x16A3.7 kW20h45m18 km/h
1-phase 32A (7.4 kW)230V / 1x32A7.4 kW10h30m35 km/h
3-phase 16A (11 kW)400V / 3x16A11 kW7 hours53 km/h
3-phase 32A (22 kW)400V / 3x32A22 kW †3h30m100 km/h
* = Optional in some countries, standard in others. Check local specifications for details.
† = Limited by on-board charger, vehicle cannot charge faster.
Data provided by ev-database.org

2025 MINI Countryman Electric – Performance

Leveraging the same technical layout as the BMW iX1, the Countryman E single motor variant will produce 185 hp and be offered in FWD only. If that sounds nearly what a current F60 Cooper S you’re mostly right. Except we’d expect the E to have even more performance given the immediacy of its torque.

Countryman ECountryman SE*
Horsepower185 hp (140 KW)264 hp (200 kW)
Battery Size64 kWh 64 kWh
*US model.

The Countryman SE (the only model to be offered in the US) will offer even more – 264 hp. That coupled with All4 and an unspecified amount of torque likely all available immediately will likely make it JCW equalling in a straight-line.

What’s holding performance back will be the weight. While we don’t have that data yet, looking at the similar all electric BMW iX1 we have some thoughts. While BMW and MINI have added plenty of aluminum and lighter steel to the mix, we’d expect the Countryman Electric to weigh in around 4,400 lbs – at least 700 lbs more than the ICE equivalent.

The 2025 MINI Countryman Electric – Release Dates

MINI will debut the 2024 MINI Countryman (labeled a 2025 in the US) in the second half of 2023 with an all-out model onslaught. Based on our sources, this is what we expect to see in terms of production timing:

U25 / Leipzig, GermanyStart of Production
U25 ICE Countryman11/2023
U25 ICE Countryman S11/2023*
U25 ICE Countryman JCW03/2023*
U25 BEV Countryman E03/2024
U25 BEV Countryman SE03/2024*
U25 BEV Countryman JCWTBD*
*US market models

2025 MINI Countryman Electric Photo Gallery