In-depth reviews

MINI Electric practicality & boot space

The MINI Electric isn’t particularly practical, but the interior and boot are at least the same size as the petrol model’s

MINI Electric
Rating
Practicality & boot space Rating
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up)
3,845mm1,727mm1,432mm211 litres

Depending on your viewpoint, the MINI Electric is either a compromise-free alternative to the petrol model, or a small electric car with a tiny boot and restricted rear-seat space. Allow us to explain: due to the MINI’s clever packaging, there’s no compromise on the standard car's practicality or boot space. The batteries are mounted under the transmission tunnel, so the 211-litre boot is unchanged.

MINI Electric interior space, storage & comfort

The thing is, while the space is no smaller overall, it wasn’t all that big in the first place. The same goes for rear passengers – with no five-door alternative, it’s not only difficult to get back there, once you’ve clambered in you’ll discover head and legroom are restricted. The front seats are comfy enough, mind, so if you only ever travel with a single passenger you’ll find the MINI Electric more than up to the job.

Cabin storage isn’t great, however. The door bins are small – definitely not big enough for a 500ml water bottle – while the centre armrest will hold little more than a mobile phone. There are two cupholders ahead of the gearlever, as well as a small tray for coins and keys. The glovebox is an adequate size, but nothing more.

MINI Electric

Boot space

The 211-litre boot is the same size as the one in the petrol MINI Cooper S, which is handy if all you need is a car to occasionally pop to the shops in. MINI claims it’s big enough for a couple of small suitcases, but we’d recommend softer bags if you really want to maximise the space on offer.

There’s a movable boot floor, although we expect most buyers will use the storage area beneath for the cables. Total boot space with the rear seats folded flat is 731 litres – again, the same as the petrol MINI.

For comparison’s sake, it’s worth mentioning that the Honda e’s 171-litre boot is smaller than the MINI’s, although the Japanese car's five-door layout makes it much easier to get into the back. The Renault ZOE is a better bet if you regularly carry lots of luggage; its 338-litre boot is pretty much unrivalled in this class. 

Most Popular

New 2020 Ford Kuga hybrid: prices, details and specs
Ford Kuga Hybrid
Ford Kuga Hybrid

New 2020 Ford Kuga hybrid: prices, details and specs

Prices and efficiency figures have been announced for the Ford Kuga, with mild-hybrid, full-hybrid and plug-in-hybrid technology all offered
17 Nov 2020
Best small electric cars 2020
MINI Electric
Best cars

Best small electric cars 2020

A compact electric vehicle makes a perfect urban runabout or small family car. These are the best small electric cars you can buy
17 Nov 2020
Best seven-seater electric and hybrid cars 2021
Best cars

Best seven-seater electric and hybrid cars 2021

Family cars must be practical, and there are lots of seven-seat electric and hybrid models that offer exactly that
30 Nov 2020