MINI Electric Review

Priced from £32,250 - £34,500

Electrifying.com score

7/10

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The original Mini was developed as a result of a fuel crisis in the 1950s. And we think the new MINI Electric is the perfect re-invention of the brand for the world we live in today.


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  • Battery: 32.6kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 5.02
  • E-Rating™: A+

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  • Max charge rate: 49 kW
  • Range: 145 miles
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  • Battery: 32.6kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 5.02
  • E-Rating™: A+

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

  • Max charge rate: 49 kW
  • Range: 145 miles
  • 2021 MINI Electric front tracking action shot, blue car, in countryside
  • 2021 MINI Electric rear tracking static shot, blue car, in countryside, parked on gravel
  • 2021 MINI Electric rear tracking action shot, blue car, in countryside
  • 2021 MINI Electric side on action shot, blue car, in countryside
  • 2021 MINI Electric dashboard, front seats and interior
  • 2021 MINI Electric dashboard and interior
  • Electrifying.com E-Rating A+

Nicki Says

“As a fan of the BMW i3 I’m reassured by the fact that a lot of its proven tech has gone into the MINI Electric. Its range means it works best for city driving, regular shorter journeys or as a second car. But that smaller battery means it weighs less and is faster to charge, both of which are a big plus.”

Ginny Says

“Its low-ish range divides opinion. So I’ll say once again that the average UK car is driven for just 20 miles a day. I love that it's familiar, fun to drive and is at the affordable end of the EV spectrum. In fact we think it's the best value MINI of the bunch and it definitely puts a smile on my face.”

Driven and reviewed by 

Ginny Buckley

 - 
24 Jan 2024

With a lower centre of gravity and instant acceleration, the Electric might actually be better to drive than the petrol car.

  • 0-62mph:7.3 seconds
  • Top speed:93 mph
2021 MINI Electric side on action shot, blue car, in countryside

Performance

Like most electric cars, the MINI allows you to choose how much performance you’d like by selecting one of four modes - Sport, Mid, Green and Green Plus. In ‘Green Plus’ mode it makes the accelerator feel less responsive while ‘Sport’ makes it feel really rather quick, especially from a standstill. Because electric motors give you power instantly as soon as you press the pedal, the MINI is almost alarmingly quick up to 30mph and has to rely on the electronics to keep the wheels from spinning.

The MINI’s motor is basically the same as that used in the sporty version of the BMW i3 and has 182bhp – more than the Honda e’s 148bhp but less than the top Nissan Leaf e+’s 217bhp. It helps that this MINI is only 145kgs heavier than a MINI Cooper S 3-Door with automatic transmission, so it has less bulk to carry around than other electric cars. Rivals with bigger batteries have to cope with more weight and feel less perky as a result.

The top speed is limited to 93mph, which is less than the petrol MINIs and actually lower than some pretty mundane hatchbacks. However, it’s never likely to be an issue in the UK, especially if you want to preserve the range – driving fast eats through the battery power. 

Drive

Everyone expects a MINI to be good fun to drive, with a direct and sporty feeling that makes it easy to drive around town yet brings a smile to your face when you are on a twisty road. The electric version doesn’t lose this feeling.

The suspension has been tailored specifically for the Electric to cope with the extra weight, and the centre of gravity is 30 millimetres lower than in the MINI Cooper S as most of the mass is in those heavy batteries. The weight over the front wheels is reduced too; in fact, the MINI Electric has close to perfect weight distribution between the front and back of the car, which makes it feel very well balanced.  Think of how a supercar or Formula 1 racer is low to the ground with the engine in the middle to get this same effect and you can imagine why it’s a good thing. 

The Driving Mode selector switch doesn’t change the way the MINI goes around corners, but it does alter the way the steering feels and how much response you get when you press the throttle pedal. You can also choose the best setting for ‘engine braking’, where the motor recharges the battery when the driver lifts off the accelerator. It can be varied by a switch between very light and heavy enough to make the brake pedal redundant. 

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