New 2020 Mini Electric prices and specs revealed

The new Mini Electric is now available to order, priced from £24,000

James Mills
Jul 31, 2019

The Mini has long been one of Britain’s best-selling cars. With the arrival of an electric version, could this be the car that truly popularises driving electric among typical motorists?

Priced from £24,400, once the government’s £3500 grant for plug-in cars has been applied - or around £300 per month - this car brings the Mini hatchback’s playful design and cheeky personality to the emerging electric car market which, until now, has failed to really grab the attention of the wider public. Last year, the Mini hatchback was the seventh best-selling car in the UK, so could contribute to a significant rise in electric car sales.

Buyers are able to place a £500 ‘pre-order’ now, which effectively reserves a place in the queue for those keen to be one of the first to drive a Mini Electric, when deliveries start from March 2020. The £500 is fully refundable should buyers change their mind. So should Mini drivers make the switch to electric?

2020 Mini Electric model range

The new Mini Electric will cost from £24,400, after the government plug-in car grant (PICG) of £3,500 has been deducted, and there will be three trim levels.

Mini has not yet confirmed whether the trim levels will be called Classic, Sport and Exclusive, mirroring the regular petrol and diesel hatchback.

2020 Mini Electric charging, battery and electric motor

2020 Mini Electric interior

2020 Mini Electric technology

2020 Mini Electric review

For the entry-level Mini Electric, the company says that customers who sign up to its personal contract hire finance plan – which is a way to lease a car rather than own it - will pay £299 per month with a £4,000 initial payment, on a 48-month contract with a 32,000-mile cap.

As standard, every version of the electric Mini will feature cruise control, dual-zone climate control and a 6.5-inch touchscreen media system through which the Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the sat-nav systems can be operated.

Step up to the mid-range trim level and it costs from £26,400, including the PICG. This adds cloth and leather-look upholstery, additional paint colours and wheel options, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera, heated front seats and Mini logo projector lights beneath the wing mirrors.

Also included is a 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.

Those that want the top-of-the-range model will have to pay from £30,400, including the PICG. This adds front parking sensors, Mini’s Park Assist system, a Harmon Kardon sound system and a head-up display for viewing your speed on the windscreen.

Other goodies included as standard are a panoramic sunroof, matrix LED headlights, a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen media system, wireless phone charging and leather upholstery.

A range of individual options and option packs will be available, including larger alloy wheels, seating comfort packs, lighting packs, audio and technology packs and more besides. Details and prices are still to be announced.

2020 Mini Electric highlights

  • Claimed range of 124-144 miles (battery dependant)
  • Recharging to 80% takes 35 minutes using a fast-charger
  • Power output: 181hp

Key facts

2020 Mini Electric price from £24,400 (after PiCG)
2020 Mini Electric deliveries March 2020

2020 Mini Electric charging cables, battery and electric motor

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.

The electrically driven motor provides a maximum output of 184hp and maximum pulling power of 270Nm. It means the Mini Electric can accelerate from standstill to 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.

As for energy consumption, the car is rated as using between 15.5 and 18kWh every 100km (62miles). The driving range is between 124 and 144 miles on a single charge, depending on the specification of the car.

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.

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

Mini is yet to allow media or customers to drive production versions of the all-new, 2020 Mini Electric, so stay tuned for BuyaCar’s review in due course.


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