Honda e vs MINI Electric: verdict and specifications
The impressive Honda e can't match the MINI Electric for sportiness, but it's the better car overall
While seemingly closely matched in many ways, the Honda e and MINI Electric offer two different approaches to the small electric-car recipe. MINI has taken its existing, well loved hatchback model and added electric power while retaining much of that car's playful character; Honda, meanwhile, has gone for a ground-up approach and created a more comfort-orientated city car that's thoroughly modern and forward-thinking. We'll hope for more range from future versions of these cars, but in both cases this is countered somewhat by pretty speedy charging times for topping up around town – more so in the 100kW-capable Honda.
1st: Honda e
The Honda e is one of the best small cars on sale, electric or otherwise. Modern, stylish and desirable, it's cheaper to buy than its rival yet offers more standard equipment, (slightly) better efficiency and is more comfortable to drive. Its interior is fantastic and boasts a very impressive infotainment system, while four doors mean it's more flexible than the MINI, despite a smaller boot.
2nd: MINI Electric
The MINI is more fun from behind the wheel and remains a quality product that feels well engineered and solidly built. It runs the Honda close on the running costs front, but it's more expensive to buy, has less standard equipment and its interior simply can't match the Honda's for appeal. Its boot is slightly bigger, but a lack of rear doors and tighter rear seats mean it isn't as practical overall.
|Car||Honda e Advance||MINI Electric Level 3|
|Engine||Electric motor||Electric motor|
|Transmission||Single-speed auto, rear-wheel drive||Single-speed auto, front-wheel drive|
|Battery capacity (total / usable)||35.5 / 28.5kWh||32.6 / 28.9kWh|
|Power / torque||152bhp / 315Nm||181bhp / 270Nm|
|0-62mph||8.3 seconds||7.3 seconds|
|100% charge cost at 14p/kWh||£4.10||£4.16|
|Charge time (socket / wallbox)||18hrs 48mins / 4hrs 6mins||12hrs / 3hrs 12mins|
|On-test electric range||108 miles||104 miles|
|Road tax / BiK rate||£0 / 0%||£0 / 0%|
|Length / width / height / wheelbase||3,894 / 1,512 / 1,752 / 2,538mm||4,940 / 1,852 / 1,452 / 2,939mm|
|Boot capacity (seats up/down)||171 / 861 Iitres||211 / 731 litres|
In This Review
- 1IntroSmall, 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 & specifications - currently readingThe impressive Honda e can't match the MINI Electric for sportiness, but it's the better car overall