MINI Electric review - Reliability and safety

Customers report that MINI builds reliable cars, while the Electric model offers good levels of safety kit.

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

  • Fun to drive
  • Well-equipped
  • Build quality
  • Range
  • No five-door model
  • Regen brakes take some getting used to

Although the MINI Electric uses a new powertrain, it’s based on the proven hatchback architecture, so we’d expect it to maintain reliability. In our 2020 Driver Power satisfaction survey, only 8% of MINI owners reported a fault with their car, compared to 14% for Honda and 18.7% for Renault.

What’s not quite so reliable is MINI’s claimed range for the Electric model. In real world driving, expect to see the quoted 140/145 mile range dip much closer to the 100-mile mark.

Euro NCAP awarded the MINI three-door hatchback four (out of five) stars for safety, with scores of 79% and 73% for adult and child protection, respectively.

There are good levels of safety kit in the MINI Electric and Level 2 cars come with the Driving Assistant pack, including a camera-based assistance system that is able to recognise and warn of speed limits. It also has a pedestrian warning with autonomous braking if a potential collision is detected.

Warranty

MINI offers a 3-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Nissan includes 3-year/60,000-mile cover for its Leaf model, while Renault has a five-year/100,000-mile warranty for the Zoe EV.

Servicing

MINI provides the Electric Pay Monthly Service Plan to help spread the cost of scheduled maintenance.

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