Twin test: Honda e vs MINI Electric
Small, stylish electric cars are the next big thing in urban transport. Can the high-tech Honda take on the fashionable MINI?
While the recent electric-car revolution has been spearheaded by SUVs intended for use as the main family car, the supermini class was first to the party. The success of the Renault ZOE has inspired many other manufacturers to come up with their own take on a small electric car at varying price points.
Aimed squarely at urban customers looking for a stylish and well appointed electric runabout, the Honda e and MINI Electric are two of the most chic electric cars on sale. Each has a retro-inspired design with plenty of modern touches, while they also both have a range of well under 200 miles – a sign that they aren't intended for long-distance trips.
While the Honda e was built from the ground up as the Japanese brand's first European-market electric car, the MINI Electric uses a familiar platform that also underpins its petrol and diesel-powered siblings.
There's not much to separate the two on paper, but the Honda feels more modern – especially when you're sitting in its technology-packed interior. Read on to find out which of these desirable electric runabouts is best...
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingSmall, stylish electric cars are the next big thing in urban transport. Can the high-tech Honda take on the fashionable MINI?
- 2Range & chargingRange isn't a strong point for either of these cars, but the Honda is marginally more efficient than the MINI
- 3Performance & handlingThe MINI is faster and more fun to drive, but the Honda still impresses and is comfortable, too
- 4Space & practicalityNeither car is especially practical, but the Honda's extra set of doors helps counter its smaller boot
- 5Interior & infotainmentThe Honda is leagues ahead of the MINI in this department; both are well built, however
- 6Running costs & warrantyThe Honda is slightly more efficient than the MINI; both will be cheap to run, however
- 7Safety & reliabilityThe Honda is the better choice for safety kit and owner satisfaction history; both should be reliable
- 8Verdict & specificationsThe impressive Honda e can't match the MINI Electric for sportiness, but it's the better car overall