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).
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