What Car? says...
The Mini Electric – like a Georgian-style country house that’s just been built – takes appealing retro aesthetics and gives them a thoroughly modern twist.
In fact, while the Mini has its roots in the Fifties, this version of the car has the heart of a Generation Z eco-warrior. As the name suggests, it runs on electricity, and yet – with 181bhp – it's more powerful than the petrol Cooper S hot hatch.
This is the only fully electric Mini – a three-door hatchback that looks virtually identical to the petrol-powered Mini Cooper hatchback. There is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Mini Countryman though.
Although official figures state that the Mini Electric is capable of up to 145 miles on a full charge (it varies slightly depending on which alloy wheels you go for), you’ll have to drive very gently and avoid motorways to coax it anywhere near that far. Watch our winter Real Range video for more information.
Level 2 refers to the trim level of the Mini Electric. Level 1 is cheaper, but comes with less equipment, while Level 3 offers more standard kit for a higher price.
The Mini Electric wasn’t included in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey but Mini as a brand claimed an impressive joint third place out of the 32 car makers.
The Mini Electric can accelerate much faster than the Honda e, the Peugeot e-208 and the Renault Zoe. Watch our cheap electric car drag race to see how its performance compares to rivals.
Boot space is exactly the same as in a petrol Mini 3-door Hatch. That means you’ll squeeze in more luggage than you would in a Honda e but the Renault Zoe is still a far more practical choice.