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 145-mile range, the MINI will need charging more often than most rivals, but plugging in is easy.

  • Range:144 miles (WLTP Standard)
  • Battery:32.6kW
  • Home/Public charger (7kW):5hrs
  • Fast charging 20-80% (50kW):30 mins
  • Ultra Fast Charging (Supercharging) 20-80% (150kW):30 mins
2021 MINI Electric dashboard and interior

Range

MINI is refusing to enter the contest to have the longest range in the electric car arena. The official figures suggest you’ll be able to go between 124 and 144 miles before you need to charge the batteries, depending on the weather and the type of roads you’re driving on. That’s fewer than all of the key rivals, with the exception of the new Honda e

Having less range might rule the MINI out as a choice for some motorists, but before you dismiss it completely it’s worth thinking about your usage. If you only do a few miles a day and can charge easily at home or work, then the MINI’s 100+ miles might be all you ever need. 

Battery

At just 32.6kWh, the MINI Electric’s battery is a third of the size of a Tesla Model S’s and almost half of a top-spec Nissan Leaf’s. We can’t help but be a little disappointed at this apparent stinginess, but there are some advantages to having a smaller battery. Firstly, it’s physically more compact, which means the boot and passenger space are uncompromised by the conversion to electric power. A smaller battery isn’t as heavy either, so the MINI drives in the way you’d expect and doesn’t carry around the weight of extra battery capacity which might only be needed occasionally. But the biggest bonus is cost; adding capacity is expensive and the MINI Electric’s relatively short range means it is reasonably priced. 

Charging

Charging the MINI Electric is pretty simple – just plug in to the slot where you’d find the filler cap on a petrol MINI. It is supplied with both home and public charging cables, charging using Type 2 and CCS Combo 2 plugs.

The car will accept the newer 11kW AC chargers for home or public points, which can knock about an hour off the time it takes to get a 100% charge. That can be really useful if you are using one while shopping for example, or want to take advantage of the cheapest electricity rates at night time and need to get power into the battery quickly.

If you need to get a rapid charge the MINI can only accept a rate of 50kW rather than the faster charges which are now being offered. However, the battery is comparatively small so it takes less time to ‘fill’ than rivals with bigger powerpacks.

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