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The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a MINI Electric?

If this were purely on the thrill of driving, the answer would be yes. But there's more to buying any car than that – and here's where things get interesting. it comes to this: ‘do you want a MINI that’s electric or an electric car that’s mini?’ If it’s the former, the MINI Electric does its job. It looks and feels like one, is as quick to drive as some of the sportiest MINIs out there. It is just a MINI that happens to be electric rather than petrol – that's its appeal. 

Would we take one over a Honda e? That's a tough one. The Honda's attention-grabbing looks and amazing interior are going to appeal to some EV buyers more readily than the MINI's same-again styling, and feels like a more modern interpretation of charismatic electric runaround. The Honda is also more practical thanks to its taller, five-door body. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Fiat 500 Electric, which goes on sale in the UK in 2021, and has a very tempting cash price for the entry-level model.

However, if you’re just after an electric supermini, this car is less convincing. Its price tag and range square it up against cars that offer the same range for less, more range for the same amount of money or, generally, a more interesting and fun-to-drive car. The Renault Zoe is a better all-round electric city car, and will travel much further on a charge. 

The chances are none of this will put off buyers. Those looking for an electric car will know the limitations of range, but if the intended use is around town for short distances with the ability to charge at home and/or at work, the MINI Electric is a very tempting option, purely because it still feels like any other MINI in the range. Just make sure your needs are met by the car's limitations. 

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