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 reliability & problems
It's hard to accurately measure the MINI Electric’s reliability, as it’s such a new model.
In our sister title Auto Express' 2020 Driver Power survey, the brand's 26th place in the manufacturer rundown of 30 major brands isn't great, but the result for reliability was strong, with with just 8% of owners reporting a fault with their cars. This should bode well for the MINI Electric too.
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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe MINI Electric is a fun, fast and chic small electric car, but its relatively modest driving range may put some buyers off
- 2Range, battery & chargingA relatively modest 145-mile range may put some buyers of the MINI Electric, but for a lot of suburban and urban dwellers, that'll be enough
- 3Running costsThe MINI Electric is one of the most affordable electric cars you can buy, despite its premium finish, and it also promises to be cheap to run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performancePerformance from the MINI Electric is strong – and most importantly, the hatchback has lost none of its sense of fun
- 5Interior & comfortThe MINI Electric’s interior holds plenty of style appeal, but it can’t match rivals for high-tech feel
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe MINI Electric isn’t particularly practical, but the interior and boot are at least the same size as the petrol model’s
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe 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