New 2020 Mini Electric prices and specs revealed

The new Mini Electric is now available to order now, will the £24,400 price tag be enticing enough to make the switch?

Simon Ostler James Mills
Oct 28, 2019

Recent months have seen electric vehicles become a much more attainable option for motorists as manufacturers throw more and more resources at their electrified offerings. Now we have the Mini Electric which promises to continue this trend of bringing electric cars to the masses.

In general terms electric vehicles have been something of a novelty, obtainable only by those within the higher tiers of society, and neither exciting nor practical to own. But that is gradually changing as we are now seeing more standard, run-of-the-mill cars being packed with electric motors - most notably the Volkswagen e-Golf - making the idea of owning your own electric vehicle a much more interesting proposition.

Quick facts

  • Prices start at £24,400
  • Claimed 134-144 mile range
  • Electric motor will produce 181hp
  • The same Mini hatchback styling
  • Complete a full charge in 3.5 hours
  • Deliveries expected in March 2020

The Mini hatchback itself has been one of Britain's most popular cars since it first launched almost 20 years ago. Will this popularity allow it to compete with the likes of the e-Golf or Volkswagen ID.3 and initiate a boom of electric motoring? Read on to find out more about the Mini Electric's battery rangeinterior and technology.

 

2020 Mini Electric prices

First deliveries are expected in March 2020 and the initial launch model will be available in three trim options, Level I, Level II and Level III.

Prices will begin at £24,400 for the base Level I trim after the government plug-in car grant (PICG) of £3,500 has been applied, or around £300 per month with PCP finance. Level II models come in at £26,400 with top of the range Level III priced at £30,400 - again with PICG deducted.

If you've already set your heart on one you can reserve your place in the queue with a fully refundable £500 deposit. 

2020 Mini Electric model range

Even at entry level, the Mini Electric will come equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen with built in navigation including Apple CarPlay capability, a 5.5-inch digital cockpit display, cruise control and dual zone air-conditioning.

You also get AC or DC charging for the battery and the Mini Connected software designed to help you find those all-important charging points.

Jump up to Level II though and you'll also get the Driving Assistance Pack. The camera-based active safety system warns of pedestrians or other vehicles in the car’s path, at speeds between 6 and 37mph and automatically applies the brakes if a potential collision is detected. On top of that, you get a reversing camera, rear parking sensors and heated seats.

At the top of the tree is Level III trim, which adds a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen, front parking sensors and park assist, a panoramic sunroof, head-up display an upgraded sound system and a full leather interior.

A range of individual options will be available including larger alloy wheels, a comfort pack, lighting packs, audio and technology packs.

    2020 Mini Electric battery and charging

    As standard, the Mini Electric comes with both home and public charging cables, designed for AC and DC charging using Type 2 and CCS Combo 2 plugs. Follow the links to find out more about the different types of electric car chargers and which electric car charging cables you need.

    This means drivers can charge from a regular household plug, a more powerful wallbox unit (typically between 7kW and 11kW) installed at homes, offices or public charging points, and rapid chargers (typically around 50kW).

    Using an 11kW wallbox charger, the Electric Mini will take 3.5 hours to go from empty to fully charged (0-100%). When you need to top up the battery on the go, at a 50kW DC fast-charging station it takes just 35 minutes to top it up from empty to 80% charge.

    The charging port is situated in the same location as a regular Mini’s fuel filler flap, above the offside rear wheel. It features a charge level indicator, which shows orange when charging has started, a pulsating yellow light during active charging and green once the battery is fully charged.

    The battery pack has 12 modules of lithium-ion cells arranged in a T-shape in the vehicle floor, between the front seats and below the rear seats, providing a capacity of 32.6 kWh. It’s less than the BMW i3, which has 42.2kWh of energy storage, while the Honda e offers 35.5kWh and the Renault Zoe comes with 40kWh.

    All that power works to drive the electric motor which provides a maximum power output of 184hp and pulling power of 270Nm. This helps the Mini Electric accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, which is a shade slower than a petrol-powered Cooper S (6.7sec for the automatic version). However, the top speed is considerably reduced, at just 93mph, to best maintain battery charge - as the faster you travel, the faster the batteries will be depleted.

    In term of range, it's claimed the Mini Electric will be good for between 124 and 144 miles on a single charge, depending on the specification of the car. That's puts it in a similar ballpark to the Honda e, but a long way down on the early claims for the ID.3.

    If you thought electric cars would be silent, think again. To meet EU regulations, like all electric cars the Mini Electric has to feature an acoustic pedestrian protection system. This operates during low speed driving, creating a distinctive sound via a speaker system so that other road users can hear it coming.

    Mini claims the electrified model weighs 1,365kg, which is 145kg heavier than a Cooper S three-door with an automatic gearbox, meaning this model is likely to feel a little less nimble than the lighter petrol version.

    2020 Mini Electric interior

    The Mini Electric is based on the three-door hatchback body, there are no current plans to produce a five-door version according to the manufacturer.

    That means it only offers four seats, and the boot space is modest, with 211 litres of luggage capacity, which can be increased to 731 litres by folding down the back seats.

    The signature style of the Mini’s dashboard remains intact, but there are unique digital displays for the Electric model. These provide information on the current flow of energy and the range, and even suggest how to increase the driving range by turning off functions or boosting the level of energy regenerated when slowing down.

    The navigation system’s map features a circle around your current location that indicates the car’s range. When the route guidance starts, it displays the fastest and shortest route and also suggests a frugal route that uses the least battery energy. Naturally, the location of nearby public charging stations is also displayed.

    When charging, the driver’s display shows the time, outside temperature, available range and the charge status, including the time remaining until the battery is full.

    2020 Mini Electric technology

    Most Minis feel fun to drive, and the company promises the electrically powered model will be no different. In fact, despite being heavier than a petrol or diesel model, because it’s at least 30 millimetres lower and has less weight over the front wheels, it should still be a hoot to drive.

    Engineers have reworked the electronic stability control system to ensure there is good traction when accelerating from a standstill or out of a bend, and stable behaviour when in the electric motor recovers energy.

    Drivers get four driving modes to play with. Mini says Sport mode gives more direct steering and instant power delivery. The Mid setting has less sporty steering while Green mode provides gentler acceleration to avoid wasting energy unnecessarily. Switch to Green + and it helps conserve as much energy as possible, limiting how much energy the air-conditioning system drains from the battery, for example.

    A switch on the dashboard provides the choice of intense or low-level power regeneration, regardless of the chosen driving mode. This recharges the battery when the driver lifts off the accelerator, preserving energy, and can even act as a braking force.

    2020 Mini Electric review

    We're yet to get our hands on the new Mini Electric, so details on how it actually drives remain thin on the ground. Be sure to check back here for all the latest news on this new electric hatchback, and all the best deals right here on BuyaCar.

     

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