3.6 out of 5 3.6
Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

Full-electric city car majors on looking no different from regular one

MINI Electric Hatch Hatchback (20 on) - rated 3.6 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £27,900 - £33,900
Lease from new From £279 p/m View lease deals
Fuel Economy 3.9 - 4.1 miles/kWh
Insurance group 18 - 20 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Funky looks inside and out
  • Incredibly easy to drive
  • Generous standard equipment

CONS

  • Three-door only, so not hugely practical
  • Electric range could be better
  • Not as fun to drive as regular MINI

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Written by Jake Groves on

MINI is following the natural trend of electric cars, as almost all major car now seem to be doing. The company has toyed with electric cars before, having first developed a limited series of fully-electric MINI E cars back in 2008.

Now MINI has a fully production-ready EV supermini with the Electric hatch - ready to compete with the Peugeot e-208, Vauxhall Corsa-e and even BMW's i3.

What is the MINI Electric?

It¡¯s a MINI Hatch that¡¯s been modified to run on electric power instead of using an engine and gears ¨C it¡¯s as simple as that. Visually, it's little changed from the prototype version of the concept car we drove earlier in 2019, and MINI has made a considerable effort to retain the regular car¡¯s looks.

Based on the three-door body shell the MINI Electric is distinguished by embossed logos on the side sills, unique wheel design, tailgate and front radiator grille. The latter is closed off as you¡¯d expect from a motor that requires very little cooling. The yellow detailing seen on some of the images can be removed, as can those retro-styled alloy wheels if they¡¯re not your thing.

The electric hatchback is just available as a three-door model for now, but we expect a five-door variant to join soon. Don¡¯t get your hopes up for a MINI Electric convertible, though ¨C MINI¡¯s team behind the EV say that the average drop-top buyer isn¡¯t interested in one.

Larger electric car rivals are plentiful, but the production MINI Electric is one of a new crop of smaller electric cars like the Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa-e and more established rival from parent company BMW, the i3. One of the MINI¡¯s most important rivals, though, is the Honda e, which offers similar range but focuses much more on being a high-tech and unique buying prospect compared to the MINI.

MINI Electric Hatch interior (2020)

Few specification choices to make

Plenty of equipment comes as standard, including a 6.5-inch central touchscreen with sat-nav, along with MINI Online, Apple CarPlay, and Real Time Traffic Updates. Outside you get Vigorous Grey door mirrors (optionally yellow, along with the horizontal blade on the front radiator grille) and the choice of a body-finish roof, plus black or white. Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning is standard, equipped with a heater that uses 75% less energy.

Mid-level cars come with leather-look upholstery, parking sensors, rear view camera, heated seats, Driving Assistance Pack and Logo Projection, while the top of the line car has Park Assist, Harmon-Kardon sound system and a head-up display. You also get a panoramic roof, matrix LED headlights and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen in the most expensive model.

The MINI Electric has just one electric motor system to choose from: a 184hp set-up capable of a 7.3sec 0-62mph time, a 93mph maximum speed and a claimed range under WLTP 'real world' test procedures of 146 miles. That puts it inline with the Honda e, but lagging behind the Renault Zoe somewhat.

How much does the MINI Electric cost?

Cars in the standard trim cost ?24,400 after the Government¡¯s plug-in car grant and can be had for ?299 a month ¨C based on ?4,000 deposit and 48-month Personal Contract Hire (PCH) agreement. That's more expensive than a 2020 MINI Cooper, but in line with its electric hatchback rivals.

Read on for the full review of the MINI Electric Hatch

MINI Electric Hatch 2020 driving

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