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Mini Electric

Expert Rating

Used car score:

71
%
A

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

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Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

83
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

71
%
A

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

83
%
A

Summary


The Mini Electric is, as the name suggests, an electric version of the 2014-2023 Mini three-door hatch. It arrived in March 2020, and production concluded in late 2023 ahead of the launch of an all-new model in 2024.

A facelifted model arrived in early 2021, along with similar upgrades for the petrol hatch and convertible versions.

Visually, the Mini Electric was almost unchanged from the regular petrol or diesel Mini models, apart from some fluorescent trim pieces and other detail changes. However, due to the significant structural changes associated with replacing the combustion engine with an electric motor and battery pack, the Mini Electric did not qualify for the same Euro NCAP safety rating as the regular Mini hatch models.

The Mini Electric was praised for retaining traditional Mini characteristics, especially in the way it drove. The biggest criticisms were its relatively poor range compared to similarly-priced electric cars, and high price compared to a comparable petrol Mini.

An all-new Mini hatch was unveiled in Autumn 2023, and is set to arrive in the UK in early 2024. This will be spearheaded by a new electric Mini Cooper, replacing the current Mini Electric.

As of January 2024, the Mini Electric holds a Used Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71%. It scores top marks for its low running costs and zero tailpipe emissions, although its media reviews were poor. Also note that we don’t currently have any reliability data, and the Mini Electric was never tested by Euro NCAP so we don’t have a safety rating.

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Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door hatch
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price when new: From £29,000 on-road

Launched: Winter 2019/20
Last updated: Winter 2020/21
Replacement due: Spring 2024


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Mini Electric was given a safety rating by Euro NCAP. The regular combustion-engined Mini hatch (ie – all petrol and diesel models) was tested way back in 2014 and awarded a four-star rating, but this does not apply to the Mini Electric due to the significant changes in the overall vehicle structure and composition from replacing the traditional motor and associated equipment with an electric motor and battery pack.

If Euro NCAP does put the Mini Electric through its crash-testing programme, we will update the results here.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Mini Electric was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the Mini Electric would almost certainly have scored very highly in Green NCAP testing.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mini Electric to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Mini Electric, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models143 milesC140 – 145 milesC – C
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.4 m/KWhB4.3 – 4.4 m/KWhB – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models22A21 – 23A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£159A
Year 2£357A
Year 3£570A
Year 4£743A
Year 5£994A
Overall£2,823A

The Mini Electric is an affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

In addition to the car’s fairly competitive battery range, the Mini Electric has a good electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car). Insurance and maintenance costs are estimated to be excellent over the course of five years of ownership.

Security rating

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Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2020

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mini Electric has received

2021

  • News UK Motoring Awards – Best British-Built Car

2020

  • The Sun Motor Awards – Best British-Built Car

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If you’re looking at the Mini Electric, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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The Mini Electric has been praised for the way it drives, but criticised for its poor range compared to similarly-priced electric cars.Mini Electric