Mini Electric review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Passenger & boot space

Star rating
Mini Electric 2020 RHD front seats
Add to shortlist
  • Mini Electric 2020 RHD right front tracking
  • 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 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 right front tracking
  • 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 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
Share review

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 less head room than in the regular petrol Mini, too; the battery’s position means the rear seats have had to be mounted higher.

This reduced head room is more noticeable with Level 3 trim because the standard-fit panoramic sunroof drops the height of the ceiling. A six-footer will need to cower, and 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, the Peugeot e-208, Honda E and Renault Zoe are all better bets, and they're all five-seaters where the Mini can only take four. 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. That means you’ll squeeze in more luggage than you would in a Honda E, but the Zoe is a still more practical choice. A two-level boot floor comes as standard as does a 50/50 split rear seat, but we could only fit a paltry three carry-on sized suitcases into the load bay – the Zoe swallowed six (without its space-sapping optional Bose stereo).

Also consider

Volkswagen ID.3

2020 - present

 Good to drive but future cheaper editions look...

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Pleasant driving manners and a practical interior ma...