The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

An exciting electric small car

Starting price: £27,000

Pros

Fabulous, large touchscreen with Smartphone integration

Wireless phone charger

Heated, leather seats

Cheap road tax

Cons

3 door

Only 2 seats in rear

Can’t fit an umbrella fold push chair in boot

Intro

What a fantastic car!  Stylish, sleek and just plain fabulous, we loved it.  As soon as you walk towards the car, you know you’re strolling towards something special.  We drove the Mini Electric Cooper S and it certainly looked the part on the forecourt. It comes in 3 trim levels and we drove the top model – trim 3. Once you sit yourself in the driver’s seat, you immediately feel like you’re sitting in a luxurious small car.  The drive is effortlessly smooth and so quiet (handy for napping children) and you feel incredibly safe in its sturdy frame.

Charging the battery will take approximately 4hrs and 12 mins but a quick 80% top up can take as little as 36 mins.  The range is good at 145 miles.

Interior

Mini are certainly targeting women with quirky features such as the coloured lights around the flashy 8.8 inch touchscreen.  You can select your colour depending on your mood (we opted for purple) or allow the car to surprise you and choose for you!  The touchscreen is easy to navigate and the graphics, from the map to the rear-view camera are crystal clear.  There is of course smartphone integration, but an additional feature in the 3rd trim model is the wireless phone charger positioned and hidden inside the armrest.

The speedometer and rev counter come to life on the digital display perfectly positioned on the steering column behind the wheel.  Mini also provide an extra heads up digital screen that flips up and down on the dashboard depending on whether the engine is running or not.  To anyone else in the car, this looks like a transparent piece of plastic, but to the driver, it provides additional information such as the speed limit on the road you’re driving.  This takes driving the car to another level!  It almost feels like you’re driving a racing car (not that you’d speed of course!).

The dual climate control works perfectly well, meaning the passenger and driver can adjust their own temperature to suit their needs.

The mirrors are a great size and provide excellent visibility all around the car.  We loved the on-board rear-view camera and were excited to see how clear and large the view appears on the screen.  Parking is seriously no problem is this car and whilst not being quite as small as say the Fiat 500, you’ll certainly get into those tiny spaces on the school run!

Seats & Passenger Space

There is a reasonable amount of leg room in the front, although anyone on the tall side may struggle. Seats are black leather and therefore spillages, crumbs and sticky marks are all wipeable – hooray!  Sadly the rear bench only accommodates 2 bodies, but you will find 2 ISOFIX points here.  It is worth noting that being a 3 door means getting a rear facing car seat in and out can pose a challenge.  Space in the back is adequate for children and 2 adults will be fairly comfortable on short journeys.

Cups & Cubby

There are cupholders galore in the Mini Electric!  The 2 in the front are perfectly positioned and your morning coffee will be in easy reach without any awkward arm movements.  There are 3 in the back.  The door bins are on the small side, but can fit the usual snacks and the glove box is an adequate size.  There is a small tray for phones and keys in the front too.

Boot Space

The boot is a good size for a small car at 211 litres, but sadly you won’t be able to fit a stroller in there.  You may be able to squeeze a small pram in, but only on its side. There is not necessarily enough room for the weekly “big shop,” but you will certainly get several shopping bags in there as well as school paraphernalia!

Summary

Overall, we absolutely loved the Mini Electric and we can see why it is a popular choice for city drivers and families.  There are lots of lovely, exciting features that make driving it great fun. Sadly, it does come with quite a hefty price tag, but you are doing your bit for the environment if you opt for this car, whilst driving an outstanding flashy car!

Car seats used in this review – 1 x Graco Booster Basic (width 40cm) 1 x Babystart Topo Booster (width 38cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

3845 mm (L) x 1928 mm (W) x 1432 mm (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

211 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

145 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 7.3 secs