Fiat 500 vs MINI Electric vs Honda e: running costs and warranty
The Fiat’s comparably low insurance group, extensive warranty and low running costs put it ahead here
When it comes to topping up any of these electric cars, they’re all reasonably inexpensive. The 35.5kWh battery in the Honda e costs roughly £4.60 to top up on a standard energy tariff, enough for a real-world range of 108 miles. Given it has a larger battery, the Fiat costs more to charge, at £5.46. However, that extra 86p will get you a full 60 miles further. The MINI will cover 104 miles for a home-charging cost of £4.24.
Based on the 168-mile estimated range we saw in the Fiat, the 500 will cover four miles per kilowatt-hour of energy used, compared to the Honda’s 3.8 miles and the MINI’s 3.6 miles. So if you cover around 10,000 miles a year, you’ll spend £391 charging the Fiat at home on a 13p-per-kWh electricity tariff. That’s £20 less than the Honda and £42 less than the MINI. If you use public chargers, where the cost of energy could be three times greater, the difference gets bigger.
However, something that stands in the MINI’s favour is depreciation. The Level 1 trim level we tested retains more than 57% of its value after three years – more than 5% ahead of both the Fiat and the Honda, although the latter will be worth more, thanks to its higher list price. However, if you want to get near the level of equipment in the Fiat, you’ll need to spend more than £32,000 on a Level 3 MINI, which holds on to 55% of its original price and is expected to be worth around £17,000 after three years on the road.
With zero tailpipe emissions, all three models are extremely cheap for company-car drivers to run, as they only attract a 1% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate during the current financial year. That means a 20% taxpayer will pay just £56 a year to run the Fiat, £57 for the MINI, or £66 for the Honda. As with the Fiat and Honda, the MINI offers a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. A standard service plan is priced from £10 per month – this works out slightly cheaper than Honda’s £649 five-year package, which is £10.82 per month.
The Honda e will cost you more when it comes to insurance, as it sits in group 29. Both the Fiat and the MINI will cost you significantly less to cover, thanks to their respective group 16 and group 21 ratings.
In This Review
- 1IntroWe pit the hottest retro-inspired electric superminis from MINI, Honda and Fiat against one another to see which is best
- 2Range and chargingThe Fiat reigns supreme in this area, with a 199-mile range and 85kW rapid-charging capability
- 3Performance and handlingThe Honda and Fiat are better suited to city-car life, but the MINI offers the best driving experience of the three
- 4Space and practicalityThe MINI has the largest boot, but Honda’s cleverly designed cabin features plenty of storage and its central charging point is more convenient than the others'
- 5Interior and infotainmentNothing can match the Honda e’s barrage of screens and unique interior design, but the Fiat isn't far behind
- 6Running costs and warranty - currently readingThe Fiat’s comparably low insurance group, extensive warranty and low running costs put it ahead here
- 7Safety and reliabilityWith plenty of safety kit on all these cars, the Fiat’s Level 2 autonomous driving capability sets it apart from the other two
- 8Verdict and specificationsIt’s each to their own when it comes to the styling and interiors of these cars, but the Fiat comes out on top thanks to its value for money, longer range and technology