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

The electric MINI doesn’t look bad value compared to rivals or petrol-powered versions. Just remember the battery isn’t that big.

  • Price:£32,250 - £34,500
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging):£5.35
  • Company car tax:2% (2022-2025)
  • Insurance group:22E
  • Warranty Vehicle:3 years, battery 8 years/100k miles
2021 MINI Electric rear tracking action shot, blue car, in countryside

Pricing 

If you’ve been browsing electric vehicles for a while, you’ll know they are expensive to buy outright but make up for it by having tiny running costs. But the MINI Electric’s price won’t actually make you choke on your coffee in the dealership in the same way you might when you discover a Vauxhall Corsa can be over £30,000. 

For the MINI, there are now only two trim levels as the company prepares the way for the new model and clears stocks. The Level 1, which came in below £30,000, has been dropped and now only the Level 2 and 3 are available.

The Level 2 has seats which are partially trimmed in fake leather, additional exterior body colour and wheel options, parking sensors, a rear camera, heated seats, and some accident-prevention safety gadgets. 

The Level 3 has a big step up in price, at £34,500. This buys you full leather trim, a big sunroof, adaptive headlamps a head up display and wireless phone charging. 

Running costs

The first Mini was launched in 1959 as an economy car, and 60 years later the MINI Electric should also be one of the cheapest cars to run – once you’ve bought it of course. Charging at home should cost around £4, which will take you between 100-140 miles, depending on how you use the car. That’s about a fifth as much as running a petrol MINI. Servicing is set to be cheaper too, as there are less parts that need replacing in an electric car.

Insurance won’t be as cheap as the classic Minis though – the groupings start at 20E - that's not outrageous but is higher than 'economy' cars.

Which leaves depreciation as the biggest cost, as it is with most cars. The good news is that the MINI is predicted to hold its value really well, which translates into cheaper prices from leasing and PCP/PCH finance. MINI says that with a £4,500 deposit, monthly rentals for the Level 1 will be £340 per month for a 48 month Personal Contract Hire agreement with an allowance of 10,000 miles per year. That's cheaper than a mid-range petrol Vauxhall Astra. Small cars like a VW Polo are about £100 less than the MINI per month on the finance but you'll spend more than that on fuel and road tax if the petrol Polo is averaging around 40mpg.

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