MINI Electric reliability & safety

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

MINI Electric

MINI Electric reliability & problems

It's hard to accurately measure the MINI Electric’s reliability, as it’s such a new model. However, we are able to look at data for the MINI brand as a whole, as well as stats for the petrol-powered MINI hatchback. For reference, the petrol MINI came 91st in our sister title Auto Express' 2019 Driver Power survey.

While this may look like a poor showing, it’s worth remembering that this list encompasses the top 100 new cars – anything further down is simply not included. The brand's 18th place in the manufacturer rundown of 30 major brands was more disappointing, however. Strong scores for handling and interior quality were countered by poor showings when it came to practicality, comfort and refinement.

MINI’s dealers didn’t do all that well, either. A disappointing 21st-place finish put them behind their Audi, Mercedes and Honda counterparts, with customers complaining about necessary work taking too long to complete, as well as poor communication from staff.

Overall, however, there’s plenty to recommend, with customers praising the MINI brand's premium image and strong value for money. Given the fact that electric cars are often more reliable than their more complex petrol or diesel counterparts, we’ve little reason to believe the MINI Electric would be a troublesome purchase.

Safety

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. 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.

While equipment has improved since then – 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 – it’s hard to extrapolate what that would mean for the car's safety score, given the ever-more stringent standards demanded by Euro NCAP.