MINI Electric review - Range, charging and running costs
Competitively priced, with efficient electric running costs, the only issue could be with the modest range.
The original MINI was designed with low running costs in mind, so it seems apt that the Electric model has again delivered so positively on this brief. A car’s whole life cost starts with its purchase price, and this is where MINI has been very clever. The Electric range starts from £26,000, which undercuts the Honda e, Peugeot’s e-208, the Nissan Leaf and the Renault Zoe. You could look towards the Smart EQ ForFour for a cost saving, but you’ll be stepping down in class and capability.
MINI claims it costs around £5.30 to fully charge the Electric’s battery, which equals around 4p per mile to run the small EV. The claimed maximum range from a fully topped-up battery is 145 miles, although this falls to 141 miles if you choose the high-spec Level 3 car.
Insurance premiums shouldn’t be too high, as the MINI Electric sits in groups 22-23. By comparison, the Honda e occupies group 25-29 and will cost you more every year to fully insure.
Residual values for the MINI range have generally remained strong over the years, and the Electric stays true to form, holding onto an average of 48% of its original list price over three years and 36,000 miles. The Honda e doesn’t quite match up, with around 45% of its value retained over the same period.
In this review
- 1VerdictTypically stylish, quick and cheap to run, the MINI electric will put a smile on your face - although the limited range spoils the fun.
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe MINI’s electric powertrain creates a fast, fun-to-drive hatchback.
- 3Range, charging and running costs - currently readingCompetitively priced, with efficient electric running costs, the only issue could be with the modest range.
- 4Interior, design and technologySubtle badging and a typically classy interior help the top-spec Electric model feel like a truly premium car.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceYou don’t buy a MINI hatchback for its overwhelming practicality, but the Electric model could be ideal urban transport.
- 6Reliability and safetyCustomers report that MINI builds reliable cars, while the Electric model offers good levels of safety kit.