Mini Electric review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Passenger & boot space

Star rating
Mini Electric 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD right front tracking
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD right front cornering
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD right front static
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD left rear static
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD switchgear
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD gear selector
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD boot open
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD front seats
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD right front tracking
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD right front cornering
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD right front static
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD left rear static
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD switchgear
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD gear selector
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD boot open
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD front seats
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD infotainment

Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Unlike the petrol Mini hatchback models, there’s no five-door version of the Electric, and this means getting into the back requires a bit of contortion. Once you’re in, you’ll find slightly less head room than in the regular versions of the car; the battery’s position causes the rear seats to be slightly raised.

This reduced head room is more noticeable with Level 3 trim; this adds a panoramic sunroof, which drops the height of the ceiling. A six-footer will still fit if they are willing to cower, but stingy knee room will inhibit anybody from slouching forwards to straighten their neck. Put simply, if you plan to carry adults in the back on a regular basis, a Honda E or Renault Zoe will be a better bet. The larger, but similarly priced, MG ZS EV would do the job even better.

Boot space is exactly the same as in the regular Mini hatch, though. That means you’ll squeeze in more luggage than you would in a Honda E, but the Zoe is a still more practical choice.