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MINI Electric reliability & safety rating

The MINI Electric is too new to give an accurate reliability assessment yet, but the brand’s other models tend to fare well in owner surveys

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£27,920 - £34,470
Fuel Type:
Electric

As it’s so new, the MINI Electric hasn't yet been evaluated by the independent crash-testers at Euro NCAP. However, despite their diminutive size, MINIs have a good reputation for safety and reliability, so we don’t expect this new Electric version to be any different.

MINI Electric reliability & problems

It's hard to accurately measure the MINI Electric’s reliability, as it’s such a new model. In the 2021 Driver Power survey, the brand came in 19th place in the manufacturer rundown of 29 major brands, which is an improvement on MINI’s 26th place result in 2020, but the result for reliability was strong, with just 11% of owners reporting a fault with their cars. This should bode well for the MINI Electric, too.

Safety

The standard MINI hatchback received a four-star Euro NCAP rating back in 2014, with reasonable scores for adult (79%) and child (73%) occupant protection. It didn’t fare so well for pedestrian protection (66%) or safety assistance (56%), however.

Equipment has improved since then, though – the MINI Electric in mid-range Level 2 spec gets the Driving Assistant pack, with speed-limit and traffic-sign information, city collision mitigation for pedestrians and high-beam assistance. There's no room for a space saver tyre, though, as is the case with all of the MINI's rivals.

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