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Mini Cooper SE v/s BYD E6
Shayma Shamim
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Published on 9th Mar 22
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Mini Cooper SE v/s BYD E6

Last year, one of the automotive giants, Landmark Group, entered the electric vehicle sector under a business partnership with global auto brand BYD to sell the electric MPV in the region of Delhi-NCR and Greater Mumbai. Build Your Dreams (BYD) is ranked as the fourth largest electric vehicle manufacturer in the world. The company recently launched the BYD e6 all-electric minivan for its Indian B2B division. So, if you are confused about which one to buy between Mini Cooper SE and BYD MPV, this article is for you. Today we will provide a fair comparison between these two electric cars in terms of design, specification, features, price, and so on. To know more about the two, continue reading.

MPV BYD E6

BYD is a well-known name in the Chinese automotive market and major geographies of Europe. They are known to make cars and buses. In India, they have started E6 in the B2B segment of the automotive market. The fully electric E6 is a five-seater MPV with a lot of luggage space and an autonomy of 500 km as per the company's claimed reports. BYD plans to use the e6 in the commercial and consumer vehicles segment. However, it is important to remember that this probable MPV is currently only available for commercial purposes. In other words, you need to get a commercial DL to use this vehicle.

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MPV BYD E6 Design

In terms of design, the BYD e6 is like a powerful MPV with a low front, LED daytime running lights, and projector lamps on the sides. This is an electric car, but it has a lot of grills. With an overall length of 4695mm and an overall width of 1810mm, the overall length is shorter than the Innova Crysta, but the wheelbase is much more than that of Innova Crysta. BYD has come up with a great design for the new e6, including a striking nose shape that replaces the traditional grid with a small hexagonal notch. As per the reports, the brand uses the "Dragon Face" design language. In general, the BYD style is very modern and minimal, differing only in a prominent shoulder line and a curved rear window line. Even the design of the 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels is somewhat durable. It can be used for heavy commercial purposes with heavier loads and lower suspension, however, 170mm of ground clearance is sufficient for Indian roads and highways.

MPV BYD E6 Specification

The BYD e6 is equipped with a 70 kW electric motor. It has a 71.7 kWh battery located on the floor of the car and it is claimed that the battery used in this car is one of the safest batteries available in the market today. The battery in use is called a "blade battery" and consists of a replaceable single "blade". It has 180 Nm of torque. The company also claims a range of 520 kilometers. It can be charged with 60 kW DC fast charge, 40 kW AC fast charge, or 6.6 kW AC slow charge and take approximately 12 hours to fully charge. With fast charging, the e6 can cover 200 kilometers in just 35 minutes. The battery has a warranty of 8 years.

MPV BYD E6 Features

The E6 comes with a leather seat, an adjustable 6-way front seat. Regenerative braking is available in two stages: standard and advanced. It has a Bluetooth display and Wi-Fi with a large 10.1 screen. It can be rotated vertically or horizontally to make it easier to use some apps, such as navigation. It has a CN95 air-filtration system that claims to be a medical mask or air purifier. Like most other electric vehicles, the BYD e6 has a large display. The panel is flat, with no buttons. It has a simple dashboard with battery and power consumption indicators. As it comes under the commercial vehicle category, there are no facilities such as sunroof and cruise control, but there is sufficient space in the second row with cooling vents and loading ports. The boot space offered here is 580 liters. There are also three driving modes, eco mode, snow mode, and sport mode.

MPV BYD E6 Price

It starts from a price range of Rs. 29.15 lakh (ex-showroom) and goes up to Rs. 30 lakh (ex-showroom).

Mini Cooper SE

The first all-electric Mini Cooper SE will also be the first electric vehicle offered by the company for the Indian market. Introduced as a CBU unit, the hatchback is available in a fully loaded version. Only 30 units were shipped to India in the first batch. As per the reports, delivery of the first batch will start in the first quarter, and pre-orders for the next batch will start in the second quarter of the year.

Mini Cooper SE Design

The new E-Mini has more tinsel than the former test fleet car: Yellow-colored trim and the closed radiator grille indicate the E version, as do the 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels in the special SE design, depending on the equipment. They are real eye-catchers.The Cooper SE is only available in the smallest body variant with three doors. Even with the combustion version, it is not suitable for comfortably transporting four adults. With the Cooper SE, there is even less space left because the seat bench has to give space to the battery at the back. But there is still room for smaller children.

The test car had very good sports seats with adjustable seat covers that offer excellent lateral support and are comfortable even on longer journeys (which the E-Mini cannot manage at all). The good overview also contributes to the good sense of space: The Mini saves the rising window line that compact cars from all manufacturers show today. It is worth looking over the shoulder in the Mini, cyclists and other potential obstacles are easy to see.

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Mini Cooper SE Specification

The electric mini relies on a 135 kW (184 PS) electric motor. This enables full acceleration for quick lane changes and the traffic light sprint - from a standstill, you can get to 60 km / h in 3.9 seconds, and up to 100 km / h outside of town it takes 7.3 seconds. The Mini was never designed as a long-haul car; its domain is a city and short-haul traffic. And yet the range of the Cooper SE is a disappointment: at a motorway speed of 130 km / h, the 32.6 kWh battery is enough for 135 kilometers. A good 200 kilometers are possible in city traffic. Because the charging power is a maximum of 50 kW and drops sharply at charging levels over 50 percent, long distances become a time-consuming ordeal. The Mini is, therefore, more likely to be used as a time vehicle and charged at home - nevertheless, the developers have provided the charging port on the right-hand side of the car. Owners of tight garages are quick to curse this decision. . With the front-wheel drive, the conventional minis put up to over 300 hp on the road - so it is not surprising that the chassis of the Cooper SE digests the electric torque well.

Mini Cooper SE Features

The E-Mini has three driving modes: the SPORT mode for the most spontaneous power delivery and more direct steering, the balanced standard setting MID, and the energy-saving modes GREEN and GREEN Plus. The latter mode maximizes the range by reducing or deactivating all comfort functions, among other things. The speed steps are engaged with a lever that wastes a lot of space in the center console. The “toggle” switch allows you to switch between strong recuperation (high braking effect with more energy recovery) and weak recuperation (less braking effect, the more comfortable setting for brisk driving). Like the Cooper S without an 'E' with the same performance, the SE is a lively and fun car, but unlike the turbo engine of the gasoline engine, the electric motor reacts without any delay. The round instrument in the center console has been a design feature since the first mini-generation from BMW: where the speedometer used to be, there is now simply a right-angled LCD touch display with buttons arranged in a circle, which by today's standards can only be seen as tiny. That gives a deduction of points, despite the well-structured menu navigation. The navigation in the Cooper SE works well, but cannot keep up with the large BMW sat navs. In particular, real-time traffic management has dropped somewhat. It is therefore a shame that there is still no option to integrate Android phones with Google Maps. Only Apple's CarPlay can be used. The equipment with assistance systems is weak: The cruise control is a variant without sensor support, which simply maintains the set speed. Compared to competitors such as Opel Corsa-e or Hyundai Kona Elektro, the Mini falls very clearly behind.

Mini Cooper SE Price

The electric mini costs approx Rs 47.20 Lakh (ex-showroom price).

Verdict

When it comes to choosing between two global automotive giants Mini and BYD, it would be difficult for us to choose between the two. To make it easy for you, we've given a fair comparison between the two Electric Cars. In terms of design, the E6 seems like a powerful MPV whereas Mini Cooper is available in the smallest body variant with three doors. In terms of range, SE will give a good 200 kilometers which are possible in city traffic whereas E6 claims to give 520 km of range. Both cars have three driving modes for different riding purposes. E6 is cheaper than the Mini Cooper in terms of price.
 

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