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Introduction

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. It runs purely on electricity as the name suggests, yet – with 181bhp – it's more powerful than the petrol-powered Cooper S.

FAQs

  • 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 version of the Mini Countryman, which offers electric propulsion for short distances before a petrol engine takes over. Read more here

  • 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. Indeed, we've struggle to get close to 100 miles in real-world driving. Read more here

  • Level 2 refers to the trim level of the Mini Electric. It's the entry-level trim (there used to be a Level 1 but this was dropped), with Level 3 offering more standard kit for a higher price. Read more here

  • The Mini Electric wasn’t included in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Mini as a brand did rather well, claiming joint third place out of the 32 included brands. Read more here

  • The Mini Electric can accelerate much faster than the Honda E, Peugeot e-208 and Renault Zoe. It even feels quicker than the petrol-powered Mini Cooper S (although on paper it isn't). Read more here

  • Boot space is exactly the same as in a petrol three-door Mini hatchback. 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. Read more here