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MINI is great to drive in electric form, but battery range could be better

MINI Electric Hatch Hatchback (20 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £28,500 - £35,050
Lease from new From £269 p/m View lease deals
Used price £20,615 - £31,555
Used monthly cost From £515 per month
Fuel Economy 3.9 - 4.1 miles/kWh
Insurance group 22 - 23 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Cheeky MINI character with funky looks
  • Very easy to drive, plus it's quiet
  • Sporty handling, quick acceleration

CONS

  • Three-door only, so not hugely practical
  • Battery range could be better at 145 miles
  • Ride can be fidgety and firm on rough roads

MINI Electric Hatch Hatchback rivals

Written by Jake Groves on

If you're looking to buy a small electric car that is fun to drive, has a strong image and is backed up by great dealer network, the chances are that the MINI Electric Hatch is already at the top of your shopping list. Launched in 2019, the firm promises that with, 'a spirited drive, iconic design and heaps of tech, the MINI Electric is every bit a MINI.' But is that true?

It's certainly looking good on paper – but as rivals are rolling out small electric cars at quite a rate, it's up against a slew of EVs that can rightfully promise the same. So, it's up against the impressive Peugeot e-208, Vauxhall Corsa-e and even BMW's i3. More relevantly though, cars like the lifestyle-focused Fiat 500 Electric, Honda e and Renault Zoe are all appealing alternatives.

What is the MINI Electric?

It’s a three-door MINI Hatch that’s been modified to run on electric power instead of using an engine and gears – it’s as simple as that. Based on the three-door model, the MINI Electric is distinguished by embossed logos on the side sills, unique wheel design to look like a plug, tailgate and front radiator grille.

The latter is closed off as you’d expect from a motor that requires very little cooling. The yellow detailing seen on some of the images can be removed, as can those retro-styled alloy wheels if they’re not your thing.

The electric hatchback is available as a three-door model for now, with no plans as yet to offer it in five-door form. Don’t get your hopes up for a MINI Electric convertible, either – MINI’s team behind the EV say that the average drop-top buyer isn’t interested in one.

Performance, range and charging

The MINI Electric has just one electric motor system to choose from: a 184hp set-up capable of a 7.3-second 0-62mph time, a 93mph maximum speed and a claimed range under WLTP 'real world' test procedures of 145 miles. That puts it just ahead of the Honda e, but lagging behind the Renault Zoe, Vauxhall Corsa-e, and Peugeot e-208 cars somewhat. However, MINI defends this, as the average UK commute is 26 miles. 

When it comes to charging the MINI Electric, the charge port is where the fuel filler is on regular cars, and via a domestic three-pin socket it'll take around 12 hours. If you have a wallbox fitted at home, the charging time falls to three hours and 12 minutes. Alternatively, a rapid public charger will do the job in just 36 minutes. All of these are charging from 0-80%, as the final 20% takes a bit longer. 

MINI has also partnered with energy provider Ovo to offer buyers 5,000 miles of free miles when they opt in to the company's EV Everywhere home energy package. Energy provided is 100% renewable, and the free miles come from charging at home. Also included is a free Polar Plus membership, giving access to over 7,000 public charging points.

If you want a wallbox at your house, you can get a MINI-specific one, or a BP Chargemaster option as the company has also partnered with them as well.

Simple model range

MINIs of old could take a long time to spec, with seemingly endless levels of paint, stripes, decoration and interior options. And while you can still tweak with certain aspects, the MINI Electric line-up is more simple to navigate, made up of Level 1, 2 or 3 models. Simple. If you want more equipment or more luxury, you move up a trim.

Inside it's just the same as the regular car, save for a yellow starter button, a yellow marker on the gearlever, electric handbrake and a new digital dial setup ahead of the driver. Otherwise it's business as usual, meaning you get a high-quality, character-filled vibe, but one that isn't the easiest to operate at first. Still, there's a good sense of fun and everything feels well built. 

Plenty of equipment comes as standard, including a 6.5-inch central touchscreen with sat-nav, along with MINI Online, Apple CarPlay, and Real Time Traffic Updates. Outside you get grey door mirrors (optionally yellow, along with the horizontal blade on the front radiator grille) and the choice of a body-finish roof, plus black or white. Full LED lights, auto lights and wipers, driving modes and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning are standard, equipped with a heater that uses 75% less energy than in the regular car.

Level 2 cars come with part leather-look, part fabric upholstery, keyless entry, parking sensors, rear view camera, heated seats, Driving Assistant Pack and an interior lights pack, while the top of the line Level 3 (which received the most pre-orders) has Park Assist, Harmon-Kardon sound system and a head-up display. You also get a panoramic roof, matrix LED headlights and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen in the most expensive model as part of the Navigation Plus Pack.

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Our leasing partner, ZenAuto is offering the MINI Electric Hatch for £269 per month. The usual terms and conditions apply.

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Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the MINI Electric Hatch including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

MINI Electric Hatch Hatchback rivals