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MINI ELECTRIC HATCHBACK

135kW Cooper S Level 2 33kWh 3dr Auto

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed93mph

Driver Convenience

  • Brake energy recuperation toggle switch with two settings
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Digital cockpit
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)
  • On board computer
  • Rear park distance control
  • Rear view camera
  • Service interval indicator

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers in front door trims and underneath front seats
  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming and folding door mirrors
  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Bonnet scoop
  • Charging flap embossed with e logo in body colour on drivers side rear panel includes LED light indicating charging status
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights
  • Metal door sill strips with Cooper S in yellow
  • Model logo Cooper S in yellow on right of tailgate
  • Radiator grille including E badge
  • Rain sensor window wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • Rear window wiper
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator with E badge
  • White indicator lenses

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in centre console
  • 2 zone automatic air conditioning
  • 3 stage heated front seats
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • AC and DC charging
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Black velour floor mats
  • Carbon Black colour line, knee roll and door armrests
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Cloth/leatherette upholstery with sport seats
  • Cupholders
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front centre armrest
  • Glove compartment
  • Heat pump
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Interior lighting in front of headliner
  • LED waterfall lighting in orange roof control panel
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Manual adjustment for thigh rests
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Storage pocket on back of front seats
  • Tool kit
  • Two charging cables - AC home(occasional 3 pin plug) and AC public charging (type 2)

Packs

  • Driving assistant pack - Mini Electric Hatchback
  • Interior light pack - Mini Hatchback Cooper S Electric 2/3
  • Mini excitement pack - Hatchback
  • Navigation pack - Mini Electric Hatchback
  • Storage compartment pack - Mini Hatchback electric

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • Acoustic pedestrian protection
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Comfort access system
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser

Technical

  • Automatic transmission
  • Electric front motor installed drives front wheels
  • Performance Control

Trim

  • Piano black interior trim
  • Surface chequered black interior trim

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    32.6
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    210
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    150
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    84
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    36
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    11.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Max
    11.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Min
    11.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    15.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    15.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    15.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High
    20.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Max
    20.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Min
    20
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High
    14.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Max
    14.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Min
    13.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low
    11.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Max
    11.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Min
    11.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium
    11.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Max
    11.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Min
    11.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    5.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Max
    5.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Min
    5.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High
    3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Max
    3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Min
    3.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High
    4.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Max
    4.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Min
    4.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low
    5.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Max
    5.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Min
    5.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium
    5.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Max
    5.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Min
    5.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    307
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Max
    306
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Min
    307
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    230
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max
    230
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min
    232
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Extra High
    174
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Extra High - Max
    174
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Extra High - Min
    175
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - High
    254
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - High - Max
    254
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - High - Min
    256
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Low
    317
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Low - Max
    315
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Low - Min
    319
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Medium
    301
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Medium - Max
    299
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Medium - Min
    303
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    191
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Max
    190
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Min
    191
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    143
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max
    143
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min
    144
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Ex High - Max
    108
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Ex High - Min
    109
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Extra High
    108
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - High
    158
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - High - Max
    158
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - High - Min
    159
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Low
    197
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Low - Max
    196
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Low - Min
    198
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Medium
    187
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Medium - Max
    186
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Medium - Min
    188

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    IB1P23M0
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    184
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    33kWh
  • Coin Series
    Cooper S Level 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    22E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    184
  • Engine Power - KW
    135
  • Engine Power - RPM
    7000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    199
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    27.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    270
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4800
  • Top Speed
    93

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    TENTACLE SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1432
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    3850
  • Wheelbase
    2495
  • Width
    1727
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1928

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1775
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    731
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    211
  • Max. Loading Weight
    410
  • Max. Roof Load
    60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1365
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.7

The MINI take on battery-powered motoring certainly has its appeal. Jonathan Crouch checks out the MINI Electric.

Background

It's curious that it's taken BMW's MINI brand so long to bring us an all-electric version of its iconic little hatch model. The Bavarians have, after all, been experimenting with battery-powered versions of this model for years - MINI E prototypes were first produced as long ago as 2008. Following that, it was always assumed that BMW's first battery-powered car would wear MINI badging but time drifted on, nothing happened and in fact it was the BMW i3, launched in 2016, that reached the EV market first. Since then, we've had an electrified MINI - the Countryman PHEV - but no full-battery model. Until 2020 and the launch of this MINI Electric. The car was lightly updated in early 2021, which is the model we look at here.

Driving Experience

This MINI Electric uses a 32.6kWh battery pack with a 184hp output and maximum torque of 270Nm. From rest, 62mph takes just 7.3s, so we're talking near-MINI Cooper S levels of performance, though as with all EVs, the maximum speed is restricted - in this case to just 93mph. But then, when was the last time you drove over 93mph? The car sits a little higher off the road than a Cooper S to give the battery more clearance but the centre of gravity is lower because more of the mass is concentrated further down. Weight distribution is quite different to a normal MINI Hatch too, the battery's bulk dictating a 54/46 front-to-rear ratio rather than the usual 60:40-split. To get the most from the electric motor's torque, you'll need to master the various driving modes - 'Normal', 'Green' and 'Sport', the latter offering slingshot acceleration. The digital dashboard provides information on the current flow of energy and the range, as well as offering ways of increasing range by deactivating comfort functions or boosting energy regeneration. On the navigation map, a circle that indicates the car's range can be shown. When the route guidance starts, it displays the fastest and shortest route and also suggests a GREEN route involving the lowest level of power consumption. As part of the recent update, MINI has introduced fresh (but optional) camera safety features. And, most importantly, the option of adaptive damping - which you might want because it to some extent addresses the issue of this car's rather firm ride.

Design and Build

The MINI Electric is based on the same body shell as the 3-Door Hatch, with a number of specific differences. An embossed MINI Electric logo appears on car's side scuttles, as well as on the tailgate and front radiator grille. The front grille features the hallmark hexagonal shape but is closed, as the car requires less cooling. This also contributes to sleek aerodynamics, as do the enclosed undercarriage and the rear apron. This model shares the recent updates visited upon the wider MINI Hatch range. That means the front-view is dominated by a larger radiator grille panel with a black, hexagonal surround. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black. The wheel arches have smarter contours, the side indicators have been re-designed to feature LED technology and at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit. Inside, recent changes include a re-designed sports leather steering wheel and a smarter structure for the various keypads. Through the wheel, you view a 5.5-inch colour screen to replace conventional instrument gauges. Road speed is shown at the centre in figures with a peripheral scale band, as well as information on the charge level of the battery, the selected MINI Driving Mode, the status of the driver assistance systems and check control messages. In addition, details of the available range, current drive power, outside temperature, time and mileage are displayed, with traffic sign detection reports and directions from the navigation system. An 8.8-inch centre infotainment screen is now standard, rather than being an expensive extra. Boot volume can be compromised in electric cars but the MINI Electric retains the full MINI Hatch 211-litres, expanding to 731-litres when the rear backrests are folded down.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels, beginning with the standard trim, with a lease price starting at £299 per month (plus £4,000 initial rental for a 48 month Personal Contract Hire agreement) and a list price of £25,600 OTR, after the government plug-in car grant has been applied. Equipment across the range includes a Navigation system on the 6.5-inch central touchscreen in the central instrument panel with Apple CarPlay and a map view which shows public charging stations in the local area and remote services allows the driver to control the charging process via a connected mobile phone. The mid-level variant offers a cloth/leather-look upholstery, additional exterior body colour and wheel options, as well as adding rear Park Distance Control, a rear camera, a 'Driving Assistance Pack' and Logo Projection puddle lights. The mid-level style MINI Electric is available at £28,000 OTR including the grant. For customers looking for a premium driving experience, the top level offers front PDC parking sensors, a 'Park Assist' system that automatically steers you into spaces, a premium Harmon Kardon sound system and a Head-up Display. It also adds a panoramic sunroof, Matrix LED headlamps and provides a larger 8.8-inch central infotainment touchscreen. Wireless phone charging is also included, in addition to 'MINI Yours' leather 'Lounge' upholstery, a choice of five alloy wheel designs and six exterior body colours. The top style MINI Electric is available at £30,400 OTR including the grant.

Cost of Ownership

You might think, as we do, that the main issue here is driving range. MINI claims that this car will cover between 124 and 145 miles in the WLTP cycle. Which doesn't sound very much in an era when the similarly-sized full-electric Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e models will do over 200 miles. Even BMW's i3 EV goes at least 20% further than a MINI Electric. MINI bullishly says this isn't a problem because a long driving range isn't really needed in an urban-based car. The brand has worked out that the average daily driving distance for a MINI customer is 23 miles - though we've heard that argument before and in our view, it doesn't excuse feeble driving range provision. Rather more pertinently, the company also points out the issue of cost and weight. The larger the battery, the more expensive and heavy it will be, which of course then affects performance and handling - both crucial criteria for a potential buyer of this car. Hence BMW's decision to specify a relatively compact 32.5kEWh battery here which, it reckons, gives the best trade-off between purchase price, handling and driving range. It also means relatively quick charging times. Charging from empty to 80% at an AC 11KW point takes two and a half hours - or three and a half hours to you charge to 100%. You can charge from empty to 80% at a DC 50KW charging point in just 35 minutes. The charging plug is located above the right-hand rear wheel, where the petrol filler would normally be.

Summary

The original Mini, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, was born out of the Suez crisis oil shortage and the demand for affordable motoring. The first cars rolled off the line at Oxford in the summer of 1959 and so began a global success story which has spanned six decades. As the world faces new environmental, social and economic challenges, so perhaps the availability of this MINI Electric is just as opportune. We have some reservations about its rather limited driving range capability, but if you're going to be regularly town-based anyway, that may not be too much of an issue. And this car's spirited handling will make up for much. Sir Alec Issigonis would have been fascinated by this model. MINI is crossing its fingers that you will be too.

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