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Mini Electric

(2020 – present)

The Mini Electric is, as the name suggests, an electric version of the current Mini three-door hatch. It was launched in late 2019, with first customers taking delivery in March 2020.

Visually, the Mini Electric is 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 relacing the combustion engine with an electric motor and battery pack, the Mini Electric does not qualify for the same Euro NCAP safety rating as the regular Mini hatch models.

As a result of the coronavirus panemic and nationwide lockdown, we only have about 18 reviews of the Mini Electric in our database as of August 2020. As more reviews are published, we will update this page. It also means that the overall Expert Rating may shift by a few points as more reviews are added.

The Mini Electric has been praised for retaining traditional Mini characteristics, especially in the way it drives. The biggest criticisms have been its relatively poor range compared to similarly-priced electric cars, and high price compared to a comparable petrol Mini. This is reflected in its Expert Rating being some 8% lower than the regular Mini hatch range (as of August 2020).

Body style: Small three-door hatch
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £24,900 on-road*
* price includes £3,000 government plug-in car grant

Launched: Winter 2019/20
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

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Safety Rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

The Mini Electric does not currently have a safety rating from 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 emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Mini Electric has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitable the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

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 score very highly in Green NCAP testing if and when it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2020

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