MINI Electric Review

The Mini Electric maintains the Mini’s retro-chic charm but brings it bang up-to-date with zero emissions, a 124-miles range and Cooper S performance figures. 

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MINI Electric Review

The Mini Electric maintains the Mini’s retro-chic charm but brings it bang up-to-date with zero emissions, a 124-miles range and Cooper S performance figures. 

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Overall verdict

Few cars are as iconic as the Mini. The original was, well, as its name suggests, but it’s grown over the years to accommodate changing safety standards, not to mention peoples’ demand for comfier and quieter small cars. Now the Mini Electric is addressing another growing interest – electric cars.

The Mini Electric gets a few visual clues to let you know it’s not a regular Mini hatch. There are also special logos on the optional two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels (which are designed to echo the look of three-pin plug), plus Mini Electric logos on the side skirts, grille and bootlid. You also get a closed grille, as you don’t need a radiator to keep the engine cool.

A wide range of options and accessories to add a personal touch to your car is available, just as in any Mini, allowing you to change the colours of the roof or door mirrors surrounds. Plus, you can choose between 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.

An electric Mini makes perfect sense. They’re mainly used for short journeys in town, where small EVs excel.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The Mini Electric uses a 184hp electric motor that’s similar to the one in parent company BMW’s i3s. Mini claims that its new battery-electric vehicle has a range of between 124 and 144 miles between charges.

You charge it from the same point on the car where you’d ordinarily find a fuel filler car, on the right rear wheel arch.

To get a full charge from empty, you’ll need to plug it in for three-and-a-half hours using an 11kW charger – the sort of power you’d get if installed a wall-mounted charger at home. With a more powerful 50kW charger, you can get from 0% to 80% capacity in just 35 minutes.

Mini claims its electric car has similar performance to the peppy Mini Cooper S, reaching 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds (the Cooper S does it in 6.8 seconds). Top speed is 93mph.

We’ll have more info on the Mini Electric once we’ve driven it. For now, head over to our Mini Electric price, spec and release date story for all the information we have.

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