Mini Electric Review 2022


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Although the Mini Electric was born in 2020, the Mini brand itself – now owned by BMW – has a fantastic heritage going back decades. The first Mini was built in Cowley, Oxford, way back in 1959.

This shiny new electric Mini builds on the brand’s history. It’s a go-kart-like, compact, front wheel drive, modern electric car that puts a smile on your face every time you get in.

Visually, from the outside, it looks pretty much like a ‘normal’ petrol Mini. But the instant torque of its 135 kW electric motor gives you Cooper S performance in a wonderfully peaceful, stylish interior.

Read our Mini Electric review below for a quick overview of its price, trim levels, range in miles on a single charge, and available options via the Mini online configurator.

The Mini Electric is very expensive and very flawed. But, it has charm in spades and stays true to the brand’s cute, funky vibe.The Mini Electric is fun to drive, has a funky cabin and comes stacked with standard equipment, but there are more comfortable small EVs that’ll go further on a charge.

Briefly of Mini Electric Review 2022

Mini Electric Review 2022

You’d think the Mini 3-Door Hatch would be the perfect EV – light, fast and fun to drive. As we’ll get to in this review, the concept works but the company’s execution is quite flawed, if charming. Here on test we have the flagship 2022 Mini Electric Hatch Mini Yours Multitone (deep breath).

Priced at over $60,000 the top-spec Electric Mini is positioned firmly in Tesla Model 3 territory, as well as other compelling EV alternatives. On paper, the Mini Electric Hatch, or Cooper SE as it’s also known, is lacking in driving range and some features we’ve come to expect of the price point.

• Brand Name —Mini Electric
• Model — Cooper SE
• Generation — MINI ELECTRIC SE
• Body — Hatchback
• Launched — 2020
• Motor — 135kW/181bhp
• Motor Type — Single Electric Motor
• Max Power — 181.03bhp
• Transmission — Automatic single-speed
• Fuel Type — Electric, Petrol
• Emission Norm Compliance — ZEV
• Battery — 32.6 kWh
• Battery range — 143 miles
• Power — 135 kW (184 hp)
• Torque — 270 Nm
• Top Speed — 150 KM /h
• Electric Range — 200 KM*
• Acceleration (0-60mph) — 7.3 s
• Colour — White Silver, Midnight Black, Moonwalk Grey and British Racing Green, with contrast yellow
• Door — 3
• Drive — Front Wheel Drive
• Price Range — £22,565 – £35,545
• Warranty — 3 years / No mileage cap

Mini Electric Review 2022 – My Dream My Car

Just like the original Mini changed the way people thought about small cars back in the ‘60s, the Mini Electric could change the way you think about electric cars today.

In size and shape it’s the same as any other three-door Mini hatchback, plus it has the look and badging of the sporty Cooper S model, but its 32kWh battery and electric motor help it travel up to 145 miles between charges. That’s a little further than a Honda e, but short of the cheaper Peugeot e-208 or Renault Zoe.

If you are not sure about EVs, Mini has tried to keep its design as ‘normal’ as possible. Sure, you can have eye-catching three-pin-plug style wheels and fluorescent accents if you wish, but if you don’t want to stand out, then you can have all the usual Mini wheels and paints instead.

Aside from a fluro starter button and drive selector, the only major giveaway that this Mini is a bit different inside are some fantastic new digital dials. They’re almost oval in shape and have a classy matte finish, displaying your range, power use and speed and trip info clearly.

Otherwise, you get the same funky design with Mini’s trademark circular centrepiece on the dash, plus a very good fit and finish. You’ll also find Mini’s usual infotainment system, that includes sat-nav with charging station info and Apple CarPlay and is controlled via touch or a rotary dial and menu shortcut buttons between the front seats.

Specification of Mini Electric 2022

Although the Mini Electric was born in 2020, the Mini brand itself – now owned by BMW – has a fantastic heritage going back decades. The first Mini was built in Cowley, Oxford, way back in 1959.

This shiny new electric Mini builds on the brand’s history. It’s a go-kart-like, compact, front wheel drive, modern electric car that puts a smile on your face every time you get in.

Visually, from the outside, it looks pretty much like a ‘normal’ petrol Mini. But the instant torque of its 135 kW electric motor gives you Cooper S performance in a wonderfully peaceful, stylish interior.

Read our Mini Electric review below for a quick overview of its price, trim levels, range in miles on a single charge, and available options via the Mini online configurator.

Mini Electric 2022 Specification

• Generation — MINI ELECTRIC SE
• Body — Hatchback
• Drive wheels — FWD
• Transmission — Automatic single-speed
• Range — 114 miles EPA, 253 km WLTP
• Combined Energy Consumption — 26.9 kWh/100 miles, 14.9 kWh/100 km
• Length — 151.3 inches
• Width — 67.9 inches
• Height — 56.3 inches
• Wheelbase — 98.0 inches
• Motor type — Permanent-magnet
• Seats — 4
• Door — 3
• Dimensions (LxWxH) — 3851 x 1727 x 1433 mm
• Wheelbase — 2494 mm
• Curb weight — 1365 kg
• Cargo volume — 212 l
• Towing capacity — N/A
• Battery type — Lithium-Ion
• Battery capacity — 32.6 kWh
• Battery useable —28.9 kWh
• Battery capacity — 93.2 Ah
• Charge port type — Type 2 Combo 2 (CCS)
• Port location — Right Side – Rear
• Charge power — 11 kW AC
• Charge time — 3h 15min
• Charge speed — 60 km/h
• Charge speed — 37 mph
• Fast charge power — 50 kW AC
• Fast charge time — 35min (10-80%)
• Fast charge speed — 270 km/h
• Fast charge speed — 168 mph
• Acceleration — 7.3 sec
• Acceleration — 7.3 sec
• Top speed — 150 km/h
• Top speed — 93 mph
• Electric range — 200 km*
• Electric range — 124 mi
• Total power — 135 kW (184 hp)
• Total torque — 270 Nm
• Total torque — 199 lb-ft
• Efficiency — 16.8 kWh/100 km
• Drive — Front Wheel Drive
• Front brakes type — Ventilated discs
• Rear brakes type — Discs
• Front tires — 195/55R16
• Rear tires — 195/55R16

Features of Mini Electric 2022

Comfort & Convenience Features of Mini Electric 2022

• Power Steering
• Power Windows-Front
• Power Windows-Rear
• Air Conditioner
• Heater
• Adjustable Steering
• Automatic Climate Control
• Air Quality Control
• Low Fuel Warning Light
• Accessory Power Outlet
• Trunk Light
• Multi-function Steering Wheel
• Engine Start Stop Button
• Vanity Mirror
• Rear Reading Lamp
• Rear Seat Headrest
• Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
• Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
• Cup Holders-Front
• Cup Holders-Rear
• Rear AC Vents
• Seat Lumbar Support
• Cruise Control
• Parking Sensors
• Rear
• Navigation System
• Foldable Rear Seat
• 2nd Row 60:40 Split
• Engine Start/Stop Button
• Glove Box Cooling
• Voice Control
• USB Charger — Front
• Central Console Armrest
• With Storage
• Tailgate Ajar
• Gear Shift Indicator

Exterior Features of Mini Electric 2022

• Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator with E badge
• Radiator grille including E badge
• Charging flap embossed with e logo in body colour on drivers side rear panel includes LED light indicating charging status
• Model logo Cooper S in yellow on right of tailgate
• Metal door sill strips with Cooper S in yellow
• Auto headlights
• LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights
• MINI logo projection
• Rear LED lights with union jack design
• Automatic headlight activation switch
• Rain sensor window wipers
• Bonnet scoop
• Rear window wiper
• Rear fog lights
• Dynamic brake lights
• Auto dimming and folding door mirrors
• Third brake light
• Heated windscreen washer jets
• White indicator lenses
• Heated rear window
• Electric front+rear windows

Interior Features of Mini Electric 2022

• Single front passenger seat
• Manual adjustment for thigh rests
• Cloth/leatherette upholstery with sport seats
• 3 spoke sports multifunctional leather steering wheel with integrated controls for cruise control, brake function + audio/communication
• LED waterfall lighting in orange roof control panel
• Interior lighting in front of headliner
• Two charging cables – 3 pin plug adapter (mode 2) and AC public charging (mode 3)
• AC and DC charging
• Storage pocket on back of front seats
• Chrome interior highlights
• 2 zone automatic air conditioning
• Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
• Height and length steering column adjustment
• 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
• Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
• Heat pump
• 12V Accessory socket in centre console
• 3 stage heated front seats
• Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
• Ambient lighting
• 2 seat bench in second row
• Black velour floor mats
• 60/40 split folding rear seat
• Height adjustable passenger seat
• Glove compartment
• Storage compartments in doors
• Luggage compartment lighting
• Front and rear head restraints
• Anthracite headlining
• Tool kit
• Front centre armrest
• Cupholders
• Ambient light,Footwell Lamp,Reading Lamp,Boot Lamp,Glove Box Lamp

Entertainment Features of Mini Electric 2022

• Radio
• Audio System Remote Control
• Speakers Front
• Speakers Rear
• Integrated 2DIN Audio
• Wireless Phone Charging
• USB & Auxiliary input
• Bluetooth Connectivity
• Wi-Fi Connectivity
• Compass
• Touch Screen
• Connectivity
• Apple CarPlay,
• Apple CarPlay
• Additional Features
• Telephony with Wireless Charging, Enhanced Bluetooth Mobile Preparation with USB Interface, MINI Navigation System, Radio MINI Visual Boost, Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay®), Wired Package (8.8 inch Touch Display Including MINI Navigation System and Radio MINI Visual Boost), Harman Kardon Hifi System, Multifunctional Instrument Display

Safety Features of Mini Electric 2022

• 6 Airbags – front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
• 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
• Front and rear disc brakes
• Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
• Acoustic pedestrian protection
• Electronic parking brake
• Tyre pressure monitoring system
• Warning triangle and first aid kit
• DSC – Dynamic Stability Control
• Two tone horn
• Start/stop toggle in yellow
• Electronic vehicle immobiliser
• Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
• Comfort access system

Mini Electric Review 2022 : Frist Impressive Looks

The Mini Electric – like a Georgian-style country house that’s just been built – takes appealing retro aesthetics and gives them a thoroughly modern twist.In fact, while the Mini has its roots in the Fifties, this version of the car has the heart of a Generation Z eco-warrior. It runs purely on electricity as the name suggests and, with 181bhp, it’s very nearly as powerful as the equivalent petrol-powered Cooper S.

It costs less too. In fact, even by electric car standards it’s attractively priced, managing to undercut a lot of its rivals. Before you rush to put down your deposit, though, it’s worth bearing in mind a couple of things.

Firstly, one of the reasons the Mini Electric can be temptingly priced is that it doesn’t have a very big battery, meaning the official range is up to 145 miles – significantly less than bigger battery rivals including the BMW i3 and Peugeot e-208.

Secondly, squeezing the battery under the rear seats has reduced the amount of space in the back compared with a conventionally powered Mini (and there wasn’t a huge amount to begin with).

Does that make the Mini Electric less recommendable than similarly priced alternatives such as the Honda E, Mazda MX-30, Peugeot e-208 and Renault Zoe? Read on over the next few pages of this review and we’ll tell you all you need to know, including what it’s like to drive, how well made the interior is and what the running costs are like.

Whichever make and model of vehicle you decide to buy, make sure you find the best price by checking the free What Car? New Car Buying service, which will show you how much you could save without any haggling, including on new Mini deals.

Mini Electric Review 2022 : Battery, Electric Range, Charging

The Mini Cooper SE is based on the same front-wheel-drive UKL architecture as the other Minis and the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. This and the car’s small footprint has limited battery size to a usable 28.9 kWh (gross 32.6 kWh). But it must be said that Mini has done its bit to extract the most from this lithium-ion pack. The electric Mini seems to be largely pitched as an urban machine and in this scenario, our tested 222 km city range is quite impressive considering the hardware. The highway range is a more uncertain 180 km though

The quite effective regen modes are key to the good city range. There are no paddle shifters or a coasting mode, only a low and high regen setting. But this is easily accessed via the dash toggle switch and the system is effective at harvesting quite a bit of energy. In slow-moving traffic, you barely need to use the physical brakes, the high regen mode allowing for one-pedal driving. It can take some getting used to but is a soothing and efficient way to drive once you get the hang of it.

Another useful function is the heat pump. It reuses waste heat from the battery and motor to cool or heat the cabin while drawing less energy from the battery pack. While this will be most useful in colder weather, it does seem to make for an efficient air-conditioning system as the range figure shows. A separate AC system also allows the Mini to come with an auxiliary cooling function that works when the car is turned off for charging. A life-saver for when you need to spend time in the car while it charges.

The hatch is genuinely brisk in its Mid or Sport modes but the Green mode is all you need in stop-go traffic. There’s enough performance still on tap and the battery system seems to work most efficiently here. There’s even a Green Plus mode, equivalent to a low range mode in other EVs, for when you are critically low in range.

The 50 kW DC fast charging speed is quick enough given the battery’s size, getting from flat to 80 per cent in 35 minutes. The 11kW AC charging speed is at par with current norms and takes a convenient 3.5 hours to fully charge the Mini.

Mini Electric Review 2022 : Driving Performance

The bad news is the Mini Electric weighs in 145kg heavier than the petrol Cooper S. But there is some good news to counter that. Firstly, the weight bias is further back, spread more evenly along the car, so it’s better-balanced. Secondly, that weight is carried lower in the chassis. The centre-of-gravity lies 30mm deeper than the dino-fuelled hot hatch, despite the body actually standing 18mm taller to make room for the battery. Overall, that’s good news for cornering.

So it proves: the mini Electric is an agile, chuckable little hatchback. It’s also more jiggly-riding and less alert than a normal Mini, because while you can put firmer suspension on 145kg of flab, and hang it lower in the body, 145kg is still one hundred and forty-five kilograms. A 1,365kg supermini is a porker, and you can sense this. Crucially, though, it doesn’t spoil the experience. It’s something you notice and then get used to. A standard Mini is nowhere near as plush-riding as, say, a Renault Clio anyway. It was already the sporty end of the spectrum.

The motor develops 182bhp and 199lb ft, which is enough to shift the lardy-but-nippy Mini from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, which isn’t quite standard Cooper S pace. It doesn’t matter. It’ll do 0-31mph in 3.9 seconds, which is plenty rapid enough for urban combat. This isn’t a one-trick pony EV that’s all acceleration and no manners. The performance feels balanced with the handling, and thanks to the BMW i3’s exceptionally clever traction control, which anticipates slip instead of reacting to it with stabs of wasteful braking, you’re never wasting valuable charge with messy wheelspin.

Braking happens… automatically. If you want it to. Mini has borrowed BMW’s ‘one-pedal’ function / boon / gimmick from the i3. So, if you lift off the go pedal, the re-gen will slow the car as aggressively as a medium dab of the brakes, funnelling otherwise wasted power back into the battery. You can turn this down to allow the car to coast, using one of the toggle switches on the dashboard. Hmm. We’d have preferred this to have been activated by paddleshifters, but there aren’t any. And the gear-selector stick doesn’t dial up the re-gen either.

Every time you switch the car on, it’ll default to its hi-regen setting, so on balance it’s less hassle just to get used to the more efficient mode. And speaking of modes, for even more Greta-pleasing driving there are Green and Green Plus modes to dial back throttle response and even disable the climate control if you’d really like to boost your range. Click the switch in the opposite direction and Sport mode perks up the powertrain.

Happily, it doesn’t inject any fake noise into the cabin, though whatever mode you’re in, the Mini emits a subtle, likeable sci-fi electro-drone to warn pedestrians of its presence. Inside, the only noise to speak of is a little wind flutter around the slightly more angular, aerodynamic door mirrors.

Mini Electric Review 2022 :Range and charging

The Mini Electric has a 29 kWh battery pack (useable capacity). It’s actually the same unit as in the BMW i3. According to the official WLTP standard, it will go 145 miles before it needs to be recharged.

To reach a more realistic, real-world mileage figure, it’s best to knock off around 18% or so from the WLTP number. That brings the average Mini Electric range down to about 119 miles. In fact, the range of an EV varies according to multiple factors – read our range page for more details. It depends on how many miles you need to drive per day. If you’re a commuter and your round trip is below about 90 miles, you should be fine even in winter when range is lower.

When you get home, you plug into your dedicated Type 2 AC home charger (assuming you have off-street parking), and your car will be fully charged in the morning. For long distance trips, or if you can’t charge at home, this Mini Electric car has a rapid charging socket. It comes with CCS which provides DC charging speeds up to a maximum of 50 kW. That will get you from an empty battery to 80% full in about 35 minutes.

Mini Electric Review 2022 : Comfort Riding Performance

The Mini Electric will appeal both to current Mini owners and those that aspire to become Mini owners. As the world inevitably moves towards electrified transport, this 2021 electric Mini allows you to take part in that journey. You can now drive a Mini and treat the environment well at the same time. Certainly this Mini is well suited to the town and city. It’s relatively small, easy to park, and the electric powertrain makes it nippy when required.

Pollution regulations are only going to get tighter in cities. It already costs an arm and a leg to drive a fossil fuel vehicle into central London. Soon many built-up areas will ban diesels completely and later on petrol cars, too. A zero emissions Mini Electric, on the other hand, allows you the freedom of the city. No charges, no restrictions. As the name suggests, the Mini is not a large car. It’s a 4-seater, with 3 doors, and a small boot (211 litres). It’s unlikely to be your main family car.

However, if you’re single, or a married couple without children, the Mini is ideal. In the front seats, the electric Mini is perfect. Plenty of space, great looks, comfortable seats, quirky design, nice digital and sat nav functionality.

If you do need to transport bigger items, just fold down the back seats and you get a decent 731 litres of space. It’s not quite a Tardis, but it is surprising how much stuff you can cram into a 3-door Mini hatch when push comes to shove.

The Mini Electric also makes sense as a non-polluting, second car for your family. Especially if your first car is a big, heavy, 4×4 diesel. If you go down this route, you will probably find yourself not wanting to drive the clunky diesel anymore. Electric cars are addictive.

Part of that addiction comes from regenerative braking or ‘regen’. When you lift your foot off the accelerator of an electric car, the car starts to brake at once. It’s not the brake pads slowing the vehicle down, but rather the electric motor going into reverse and acting as a generator. This charges the battery.

So, slowing down in the Mini = increasing range. It’s also known as ‘one pedal’ driving. Basically, you rarely need to put your foot on the actual brake pedal. Just press or lift off the accelerator to accelerate or slow down. You only need the brake pedal for emergency stops or if the car doesn’t stop quickly enough at traffic lights, etc.

In the front centre console there is a lever controlling how strong the regen effect is. Two levels. Pick the one you feel most at home with.

Sport mode gives you full access to the 135 kW (184 bhp) electric motor. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds. Green mode softens the immediacy of the accelerator pedal. You can still nip round, but the car is not as responsive as when in Sport mode.

Green+ is basically an ultra energy saving feature. Put that on when you are very low on charge. It will reduce certain settings on the car, like air-con, to save power and help get you home.

The rule of thumb for the driving modes is: keep it in Green mode if you want maximum range on a single charge. Choose Sport mode if you fancy yourself as a Formula 1 driver, but range will suffer.

Our Opinion

If you want a Mini and want to go electric, this is a Mini to look at, sit in and (mostly) drive. The brand’s brief of delivering a three-door car that is largely indistinguishable from its combustion-engined compatriots has been delivered in full.

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