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Mini Electric review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

One of the great things about electric cars is that they have just one gear, meaning seamless acceleration is on tap the instant you squeeze the accelerator pedal. That makes the Mini Electric feel even zippier than it is.

How so? Well, while its official 0-62mph time of 7.3sec means it’s 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).

The Mini is relatively agile by electric car standards, feeling darty and changing direction without much body lean, and certainly feels sportier than a Renault Zoe or a Peugeot e-208. Sadly, the Mini's steering doesn’t give you much warning when the front tyres are about to lose grip – something that happens sooner than you might imagine, especially when it's been raining. That spoils the fun a little.

Ride comfort isn't a big Mini Electric strength, either. It jostles you around along beaten-up urban backstreets and thumps over expansion joints. Having said that, the damping takes the sting out of most bumps in the road, and the car settles well enough at higher speeds so the slightly fussy ride is unlikely to be a deal-breaker.

The Renault Zoe doesn't have an especially smooth ride, either, so if you prefer a more cushioned ride, we’d recommend the Peugeot e-208 or Seat Mii. Adaptive suspension is due to become available as an option following a mild facelift this year. We’ve yet to try them, but our experience of the adaptive dampers on the standard Mini hatchback suggests that they’re worth adding.

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. You’ll also need to hope for warm weather as cooler temperatures are one of factors that affect how long batteries last.

We haven’t put the Mini through our scientific Real Range tests yet, but we've struggled to get close to 100 miles in the real world. True, that’s better than the pricier Honda E, but the real-world range of the similarly priced Renault Zoe is close to 192 miles, and the Peugeot e-208 can do around 140 miles.

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