Honda e vs MINI Electric: range and charging

Range isn't a strong point for either of these cars, but the Honda is marginally more efficient than the MINI

Honda e vs MINI Electric

Both the Honda and MINI have relatively short ranges in the grand scheme of electric cars, returning 137 and 141 miles respectively. The Honda has a larger battery than the MINI – 35.5kWh versus 32.6kWh – but the MINI actually has a larger proportion of that battery available for use: 28.9kWh against the Honda's 28.5kWh.

In our real-world testing, however, the Honda proved the more efficient and longer-ranged of the pair, managing 108 miles on a single charge, with the MINI four miles behind on 104. Neither will be the best choice for motorway cruising as a result, but shorter urban trips – or medium-sized ones with access to public chargers – are more than within these superminis' remit.

Honda e vs MINI Electric

Charging

The Honda e is the more flexible charger of the two cars: its 35.5kWh battery can be charged from a 100kW supply, whereas the MINI tops out at 50kW. The Honda e can charge from zero to 80% in 30 minutes, but the MINI can do the same at its 50kW in about 36 minutes; you'll notice a bigger difference between charging speeds if you're just topping up at lower percentages.

The Honda e has a 6.6kW AC on-board charger and so takes four hours and six minutes to charge to 100% from a standard home wallbox. The MINI can charge slightly faster when connected to a home wallbox thanks to its 11kW on-board charger, with a full charge taking three hours and 12 minutes.

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