MINI Electric Review

Price £30,000 - £34,500 score


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The electric MINI has been a huge success, and this new version only improves on it with a longer range, more equipment, better infotainment and the same fun dynamics.

  • Battery: 37-49kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.4
  • E-Rating™: A+

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  • Max charge rate: 95 kW
  • Range: 190-249 miles

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  • Battery: 37-49kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.4
  • E-Rating™: A+

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 95 kW
  • Range: 190-249 miles

Vicky Says

“The new MINI looks really great. It's unmistakably a MINI, but it also looks really modern... Slicker. Yet, it's also smaller, and I am a big fan of that. We need more small, efficient electric cars like this. ”

Ginny Says

“I really love the current MINI Electric and it sounds as though the new version will have useful upgrades to the range and refinement. And it'll be built up the road, in Oxford.”

Driven and reviewed by 

Nicola Hume

7 May 2024

We love the last MINI Electric. It was cute, good value and, most of all, it was fun to drive just like a MINI should be. But it had a big problem: the small battery. It’s a car we loved driving. But you can’t drive it for long as the range was…well, it didn’t get you very far.

Now – at last – we get to try the all-new fifth generation MINI. It’s a car which still has those recognisably retro looks, but is bang up to date. You now get the choice of a 36.6kWh usable battery capacity (41kWh total) in the MINI Cooper E, or the more powerful Mini Cooper SE gets a 49.2kWh battery (54kWh total). That’s good for a WLTP official range of between 190- and 249 miles. Even better news is that pricing is expected to stay at below £30,000, so the new, fifth-generation electric Mini definitely seems to be offering more for less, and is well set for taking on the likes of the Peugeot e-208, Fiat 500e, Volvo EX30 and forthcoming Renault 5

It also still looks very cool. A bit different – smoother, more modern, and maybe those side mirrors look comically huge, but what is great is that the MINI has actually stayed small. Most cars these days get bigger with a new generation, but this new, electric MINI hatchback is a bit shorter than before, if a touch wider. It’s getting squarer, is what it is…

Range, Battery and Charging

As we’ve said, the electric MINI now has a bigger battery, so the Cooper E gets up to 190 miles of electric range according to official WLTP figures, while the bigger battery in the MINI Cooper SE gives it a range of up to 250 miles. Our test drive out in Barcelona, in torrential rain, wasn’t terribly representative of typical driving conditions but it’s safe to expect a real-world range of around 130- to 170 miles in the Cooper E, and 190- to 249 miles in the Cooper SE.

Rapid charging tops out at 75kW for the MINI Cooper E, and 95kW for the Cooper SE, so you’ll manage a 10-80% top-up in around 30 minutes on either of the new electric MINI models. Plug into a 7kW home charger, and a full charge will take seven hours for the smaller battery in the E, and eight hours in the SE. 

Naturally, charging is done via a CCS and Type 2 socket (as does almost every electric car) which is compatible with the vast majority of public chargers in the UK and Western Europe.

Practicality and Boot space 

The MINI Electric remains a three-door hatchback, only – they’re not doing a five-door hatchback, as they have done with the petrol Mini hatch, which is a bit annoying if you ask me. Still, there’s the new Countryman (which Ginny drove recently and really loved) and the Aceman if you do want a more practical, family-friendly electric MINI. 

As it is, the electric MINI hatch is probably best for couples or individuals. The back seats can take two passengers, a nd while it’s a bit roomier back there than in the diminutive Fiat 500e, it’s still pretty pokey so your kids probably aren’t going to want to sit back there every day for the school run.  

The boot is tiny, too. At 210 litres it’s actually a bit smaller than in the previous electric MINI, and the underfloor space is pretty limited.

The Smart #1, Volvo EX30 or MG4 are better bets if you’re after a stylish, £30,000-ish electric family car - or the MINI Countryman could also be a good bet.

Interior, Design/Styling and Technology 

Inside, rather like the outside, takes elements of familiar MINI-ness and brings them bang up to date. 

For a start, the big, round OLED infotainment touchscreen in the centre of the dash is a classic MINI feature. The system can be personalised, just like your phone screen, so that you can have a picture of your loved ones, or even a recreation of a dial from an original 1959 Mini. There’s also a variety of synthesised engine noises that the car makes to enhance the driving experience, which change depending on what drive mode it’s in. The one in ‘timeless mode’ is based on the engine noise of a 1974 Mini, with a bit of digital fettling, although I have to say it didn’t sound terribly ‘original Mini’ to me… Still a fun feature that you can enjoy playing about with, though. 

Of course, there’s also a voice control system to help with all your needs (his name is Spike, and he’s very helpful, most of the time), but generally the touchscreen and its new, MINI Operating System 9 software is fairly easy to use.

I also very much like the fact that the MINI Electric has an optional head-up display, so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to look at the speed on the central dial – as you do in the Volvo EX30 and Tesla Model 3.  

Other than that, the liberal use of recycled textiles is really cool, and makes the interior look interesting, allows for lots of personalisation and makes everything feel quite tactile and classy. It’s definitely up there with the Volvo EX30 for originality and classiness, and is a bit better than the Fiat 500 for perceived quality.  

Motors, Performance and Handling  

The fun factor is strong, in the MINI Electric – it really does live up to the ‘go-kart’ handling claims in the Cooper SE that I drove. 

The new steering wheel shape helps, no doubt, but the MINI really does encourage you to fling it through corners and enjoy the way it feels so direct and playful. I loved it; even in the pouring rain and on some tricky town roads, it felt really alert. So, if it’s a bit of a hot-hatch feel that you’re after  actively enjoying the handling, even on that mundane journey to work. 

It’s fast enough, too. Okay, so an MG4 XPower will have the MINI easily in a straight line, but even the MINI Cooper E gets 181bhp and will do 62mph in 7.3 seconds, while the SE gets 215bhp and does the same sprint in 6.7 seconds. You can choose from seven ‘MINI Experience’ modes, which affect everything from the ambient lighting to the synthesised noises that the motor makes, but three of those modes – Core, Green and Go-Kart – affect the steering weight and throttle response. Even in Green mode, it’s still fun to drive, so you can focus on efficiency and still have a giggle.  

For all that, the MINI is also grown-up enough to be easy to live with every day. It’s quiet and comfortable enough that – if you’re game for the charging stops along the way – you can do hundreds of miles without ever feeling like you want or need a bigger.

Running Costs and Pricing

The MINI Electric starts at £30,000 for the Cooper E, while the Cooper SE costs £34,500. Standard equipment includes a heated steering wheel, cruise control, reversing camera and four paint colour options (including the Sunnyside Yellow that you see here). The MINI Cooper SE adds keyless entry, heated seats, a head-up display and wireless phone chargings, which is all the more reason – on top of the extra performance and range – that we reckon most people will go for the SE. Optional Level 2 pack adds a panoramic sunroof and Harman Kardon sound system, or Level 3 adds electric seat adjustment with massage function for the driver, additional semi-autonomous driving aids, and upgraded ‘augmented reality’ nav, which beams an arrow onto a live video stream of the road so that it makes it easier to see where your next turn is. 

You can also choose from Classic, Exclusive or Sport trims, which affect the style features of the car including how many paint options you have, the interior trim options and the wheel size.  


I really enjoyed my time with the MINI Electric, which strikes just the right tone of funky and image-conscious without being feeling overly forced or gimmicky. More importantly, it feels really classy and is brilliant fun to drive, as well as being decent value. I reckon the MINI’s going to be a big hit. 

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