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MINI Electric review: performance, motor & drive

The MINI Electric delivers on the brand's promise of 'go-kart' handling

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Performance, motor & drive rating

4.0 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Electric
0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
7.3s93mphFront181bhp

The MINI Electric offers impressive performance for a car of this type. Around town, instant shove allows you to dart into gaps in traffic that you’d think twice about seizing in a petrol car, while the direct steering and sharp handling give it agility often missing in small hatchbacks. In fact, it feels very similar to the standard MINI hatchback – a car that has long been one of the most entertaining superminis on sale.

MINI Electric 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

MINI says the Electric will hit 37mph from rest in less than four seconds, while sprinting from 0-62mph takes 7.3 seconds. Like all electric cars, you just point and shoot. The electric motor’s instant torque fires the car off the line, but it never seems to run out of puff; it’ll rocket from 50-75mph in just 4.6 seconds. While the whir of the electric motor is almost silent on the motorway, there is an audible warning at lower speeds so that pedestrians hear it coming.

Handling

It’s amazing how little driver appeal this heavier MINI Electric has lost in the transition from petrol power, but then it also only gained 145kg over its petrol sibling and the centre of gravity is actually 3cm lower. So perhaps it isn't so surprising that it still handles with precision and confidence.

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As you’d expect from a MINI, the Electric is incredibly keen to turn-in, with nicely-weighted and sharp steering. It may not feel as natural as the Honda e, but the MINI Electric is incredibly eager to tackle a good road – especially when switched into its ‘Sport’ setting, which gives the peppiest throttle and steering responses. 

Electric cars are notorious for having firm suspension in order to manage the weight of the batteries. Given the standard MINI already tends to thud into potholes, it’s no surprise that the Electric isn’t much better in this regard. On the motorway, the MINI Electric does like to bounce over small imperfections, but a well-tuned chassis does mean it never feels unsettled. The MINI’s iconic shape with its upright windscreen does mean there’s quite a bit of wind noise, though.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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