Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 26.0 - 27.3 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 13.0 - 13.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 3.9 - 4.1 miles/kWh
  • Electric power means no VED
  • EVs are also cheap to charge
  • Range not quite as competitive as rivals

MINI claims a 145-mile range for the Electric three-door hatch, which will be ample enough for city and suburban-dwelling folk - MINI says the average commute is around 26 miles, so for those covering this kind of mileage every day with the ability to charge at home, few problems are posed. If you’re a company car buyer, BIK is 0% for the 2020/21 model year.

While ample, it’s not quite as competitive as other cars are for similar money. The Volkswagen e-Up and SEAT Mii Electric offer around 160 miles of range for around £5,000 less (if comparing like-for-like list price), while Renault’s latest Zoe eclipses the MINI for range and can be had for a similar monthly sum on finance.

It’s the same story with the Honda e – arguably the MINI Electric’s closest competitor; while the Honda boasts a smaller usable range, what you get is a far more exciting car for a comparable finance deal, at least in terms of interior wow factor.

Charging the MINI Electric hatch

The Electric can be charged either via a three-pin plug, an optional wallbox from MINI directly for your home and public charge points up to 50kW.

Charging times span from around 12 hours on a regular plug, two and a half hours via MINI’s own wallbox and around 35 minutes on a typical 50kW public rapid charger, if charging from 0-80%. 

Is it reliable?

  • Conventional MINI known as reliable
  • Fewer bits to break on Electric version
  • Battery pack has eight-year warranty

There are fewer components to go wrong than in a regular Mini, which certainly works in the Electric’s favour. That and the fact that the EV powertrain has been used in BMW’s i3 for years, albeit modified for the MINI.

MINI offers servicing plans for the Electric model - £10 per month for a standard one, or up to £30 per month for servicing, brakes and tyres.The brand also provides an eight-year warranty for the battery pack, as well as the standard three-year, 60,000-mile one for the car.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 18 - 20
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