Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Charging the Mini Electric’s 28.9kWh battery from empty takes 3hrs 12min using a normal 7kW home wall box, or a 0-80% top-up can be grabbed in just 36 minutes from a 50kW public CCS charger. You can also plug in to a regular three-pin domestic socket, although a 0-80% charge will take 12 hours.
On top of costing less to buy outright than both the Honda E and Renault Zoe, the Mini is predicted to fend off depreciation far better, meaning it should be worth more after three years. That makes it a relatively sound investment in the long term – especially when you factor in the free road tax and low running costs that electric motoring brings.
Level 3 adds a panoramic sunroof, leather seats and various infotainment upgrades. It also gives you an upgraded sound system and a self-parking feature. A special edition Mini Electric Resolute Edition tops the range, and gets unique style features, including special 17in alloy wheels and bronze detailing.
In typical Mini style, there are plenty of customisation combinations. You can choose from a range of wheel styles, exterior paint colours, roof colours, mirror caps and upholstery finishes within the price of each trim level.
Style’s always good, but is it reliable? Well, while the Mini Electric wasn’t included in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, Mini as a brand did rather well, claiming joint 5th place out of the 30 included brands. That ties it with Toyota but means that rival brands such as Honda (14th) and Renault (16th) finished way below.
The news isn’t quite as good when you look at safety, though. That’s because, while the Mini Electric hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, the Mini Cooper on which it’s based hasn’t been tested since 2014, meaning that its four star out of five rating has now expired. At least you get plenty of standard safety equipment with every trim, it’s just a shame you have to upgrade to Level 2 to get automatic emergency braking (AEB).