New Mini Electric revealed

Iain Reid
July 09, 2019

This is the new Mini Electric: an electric car with a 124-mile range and the performance of a Mini Cooper S.

  • Revealed

    all-new Mini Electric hatchback

  • Specs include

    124-mile range and 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds

  • Price and release date

    £24,400 (incl. grant); on sale now

This is the Mini Electric, Mini’s first electric car. It is on sale now, and you can expect new cars to be delivered from March 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about the car.

Mini Electric range and charging

The new Mini Electric has a range of between 124 and 144 miles, Mini claims. The electric car is powered by a 184hp motor, similar to that found in the BMW i3s, the faster version of the quirky-looking electric car made by Mini’s parent company. 

Charging the Mini Electric from empty to 100% takes three-and-a-half hours via an 11KW charger – the sort of power you’d get if installed a wall-mounted charger at home. If you can find a 50KW charger, you can get from 0% to 80% capacity in just 35 minutes.

Mini Electric styling

There are a few design tweaks that make the Mini Electric’s exterior stand out from the regular Mini 3-Door model. You get a closed grille, as there’s no radiator required to keep the engine cool – so no holes here for a carwow Stick of Truth to poke. There are also Mini Electric logos on the grille, bootlid and on the car’s side skirts. Meanwhile, 17-inch Corona Spoke two-tone wheels are optional.

The flap for the charging point is on the same place as you would find the fuel filler cap on the conventional Mini – just above the right rear wheel arch. Also like the conventional Mini is the range of personalisation options available, so you can change the colours of the door mirror caps and roof, and choose between 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Mini Electric driving

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. You can choose between four driving modes, depending on your mood: Sport, Mid, Green and Green+, with the steering and accelerator responses getting less and less fun as you toggle through. The upside is that your range should increase as you move from Sport to Green+.

Mini Electric infotainment

The car gets a 5.5-inch driver’s display behind the steering wheel that shows info such as the car’s speed, the amount of charge left in the batteries and the status of the driver assistance systems. The Mini Electric also has a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay but, sadly, no Android Auto.

Mini Electric specs

There are three specification levels available with the Mini Electric. The standard car gets the infotainment system as detailed above, alongside climate control.

Move up a grade and you’ll get a part-leather interior, rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera and heated seats. This version costs from £26,400 when you factor in the government’s Plug-in grant.

Top-spec cars add parking sensors at the front, an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system, a bigger infotainment touchscreen (nearing nine inches in size), a sunroof and matrix LED lights. They also get a full leather interior and wireless phone charging. A top-of-the-range Mini Electric costs from £30,400.