The 181bhp Mini Electric Is Fast And Surprisingly Affordable

The new Mini Electric has a similar power output to the petrol Cooper S, and it costs about the same too
The 181bhp Mini Electric Is Fast And Surprisingly Affordable

The incoming Honda e looks to have hit a major snag before even going into production: on paper, the new Mini Electric appears to walk all over it. While Honda has hinted at BMW i3-like ‘premium pricing’ well over £30k for the e, the new plug-in Mini is a tempting £24,400 when factoring in the government grant.

Spec for spec, that’s a similar figure to a Cooper S, and it’s also similarly potent - the 32kWh battery pack and front-axle mounted motor combo make for 181bhp and 199lb ft of torque. 0-62mph happens in 7.3 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 93mph.

The 181bhp Mini Electric Is Fast And Surprisingly Affordable

The WLTP range of 124 - 144 miles is similar to what the Honda will manage, but a fair way behind the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e siblings. When you’re out of juice, it’s possible to feed an 80 per cent charge into the Mini’s 12 lithium-ion battery cell modules in just 35 minutes using a 50kW station.

It’s 145kg heavier than a Cooper S, so the Mini Electric inevitably won’t handle quite as sweetly. It’ll claw back some ground, however, by having a centre-of-gravity that’s 30mm lower. You can thank the low-lying slab of battery cells for that.

The 181bhp Mini Electric Is Fast And Surprisingly Affordable

The Mini Electric will give four driving modes to choose from. ‘Sport’ has the most aggressive steering and “a more rapid power delivery,” with the former attribute toned down a tad in ‘Mid’. ‘Green’ softens the throttle pedal action further, while ‘Green+’ restricts or turns off things like the air conditioning for maximum range. Independent of these modes, you’ll also be able to choose how powerful the power regeneration is when you lift off the accelerator.

Other than some splashes of yellow, there isn’t much in the cabin to give this away as anything other than a regular Mini. The Electric does, however, gain a new 5.5-inch screen which forms the new instrument cluster.

The 181bhp Mini Electric Is Fast And Surprisingly Affordable

Like the look of the first fully electric production Mini? It’s available to order now for £24,400 including on-the-road costs, or for a £4000 plus monthly payments of £299 if leasing is more your bag. First deliveries will begin in March 2020.



Why does it have to have wheels that make it look like a ev

07/10/2019 - 08:32 |
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Because aerodynamics. EVs have to have those wheels closed to improve range efficiency else it’s just a lot of drag and turbulence being produced which hampers the range. Hence, every bit of the range has to be extracted from those batteries by making the car as aerodynamic as possible to work.

07/10/2019 - 09:56 |
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Apparently u can spec normal ones as well :)

07/12/2019 - 14:49 |
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i would like it more if it was actually “mini”

07/10/2019 - 09:01 |
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30K at least after options for a new car that won’t even do 100 is ridiculous

07/10/2019 - 10:50 |
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In reply to by BMWfan

Why do you need to go more than that though
Dont understand obsession with top speed on cars that are not designed for track days or autobahn
If my car was limited to like 80-90mph I wouldn’t even notice - much rather the manufacturers focus on shortening braking distances, improving handling etc

07/10/2019 - 11:38 |
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In reply to by BMWfan

not that you should ever need to do over that should you :)

07/11/2019 - 18:22 |
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If i were to buy a small e car id take the honda

07/10/2019 - 19:45 |
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Andrés Cely Herazo

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Could not agree more.

07/11/2019 - 20:20 |
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Hornet97 I agree

07/11/2019 - 15:01 |
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Why won’t they change the design? It really doesn’t look good…

07/11/2019 - 15:47 |
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Why are so many bad things happening in the world?

07/12/2019 - 16:27 |
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Union Jack on a German car…

07/15/2019 - 17:41 |
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