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

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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 2022 Driver Power satisfaction survey, only 11 per cent of MINI owners reported a fault with their car, compared to 15 per cent for Honda and 16 per cent for Toyota.

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 per cent and 73 per cent 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 three-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Nissan includes three-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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