This is a battle between two small electric hatchbacks with quirky personalities. And they’re both from the same company. That’s right, BMW owns Mini, and the two brands are both in the electric car business. It’s a family squabble. Let’s get it on.
The 2021 Mini Cooper SE is actually Mini’s second EV. The first, the Mini E, was sold in 2009 and 2010. The 2021 BMW i3 is the German brand’s first EV and it has been around since 2014. With the death of its more exotic brother, the i8, it is at the moment BMW’s sole pure electric vehicle currently on sale in the U.S. Both of these hatchbacks are fun to drive, are fun to look at, and seat four. But which is best? Let’s examine the 2021 Mini Cooper SE and 2021 BMW i3 in key areas and decide.