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, yet – with 181bhp – it’s more powerful than the petrol-powered Cooper S.
By electric car standards, it’s attractively priced, managing to undercut a lot of its rivals, including the Honda E. However, before you rush to put down your deposit, 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, and the official range is only around 145 miles. You won’t even get that far in real-world driving, and don’t expect Tesla-esque charging speeds when you do need a top-up.
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).
Read more: WhatCar
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