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Mini Electric (2019-2023) review

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Published: 11 May 2023
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Buying

What should I be paying?

The Mini Electric’s sticker price now starts at £32,550 for the most basic '2' trim (a £29k '1' was previously available), while the now mid-spec '3' version is £34,500.

There's been a constant stream of special editions throughout its short life so far too - the current being the fully-loaded 'Resolute Edition' that'll set you back at least £35,050. For that you get a lovely dark Rebel Green paint, a white contrast roof, bronze accents and a deep black cloth and leatherette interior. 

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Monthly payments for the range start at around £400, £450 and £500, on a four-year agreement with a six-month initial payment.

The RRP figure puts it in the same ballpark as the majority of its rivals, with the Vauxhall Corsa Electric starting at £33,930, the Renault Zoe at £29,995, the Peugeot e-208 at £31,345, and Fiat 500 at £28,195.

There's a sizeable leap up to the Honda e, which costs an eye-watering £38,020 for the entry-level Advance model. Small doesn't necessarily mean cheap these days. 

What's the kit like?

As standard on the Mini Electric Level 2 you get digital dials and an 8.8-inch Apple CarPlay-compatible infotainment display with built-in satnav, plus LED headlights and taillights. You also get seats that’ll warm your bum along with parking sensors and a reversing camera, so it’s a tad less clenched. A head-up display, premium hi-fi, panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights with matrix function and a full leather interior arrive on the ‘3’ spec model.

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Oh, and if you don’t like the vivid highlights, you can delete them at no cost. The three-pin socket-style 17in wheels, that no-one apart from Brits recognise as a plug-in motif? They’re an option; smaller 16s are standard.

What's the best spec?

We’d probably opt for the now entry-level Level 2 trim, which offers a stylish look plus features like the heated seats, which will come in handy during the colder months without having to rely on the energy-sapping heating.

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