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New MINI Cooper electric DRIVEN. Is THIS the perfect small electric car? | Electrifying

New MINI Cooper electric DRIVEN. Is THIS the perfect small electric car? | Electrifying

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We loved the last MINI Electric. It was cute, good value and, most of all, it was fun to drive just like a MINI should be. But it had a big problem: the small battery. It’s a car we loved driving. But you can’t drive it for long as the range was…well, it didn’t get you very far

Now – at last – we get to try the all-new fifth generation MINI. It’s a car which still has those recognisably retro looks, but is bang up to date. You now get the choice of a 36.6kWh usable battery capacity (41kWh total) in the MINI Cooper E, or the more powerful Mini Cooper SE gets a 49.2kWh battery (54kWh total). That’s good for a WLTP official range of between 190- and 249 miles. Even better news is that pricing is expected to stay at below £30,000, so the new, fifth-generation electric Mini definitely seems to be offering more for less, and is well set for taking on the likes of the Peugeot e-208, Fiat 500e, Volvo EX30 and forthcoming Renault 5.

It also still looks very cool. A bit different – smoother, more modern, and maybe those side mirrors look comically huge, but what is great is that the MINI has actually stayed small. Most cars these days get bigger with a new generation, but this new, electric MINI hatchback is a bit shorter than before, if a touch wider. It’s getting squarer, is what it is…

As we’ve said, the electric MINI now has a bigger battery, so the Cooper E gets up to 190 miles of electric range according to official WLTP figures, while the bigger battery in the MINI Cooper SE gives it a range of up to 250 miles. Our test drive out in Barcelona, in torrential rain, wasn’t terribly representative of typical driving conditions but it’s safe to expect a real-world range of around 130- to 170 miles in the Cooper E, and 190- to 249 miles in the Cooper SE.

Rapid charging tops out at 75kW for the MINI Cooper E, and 95kW for the Cooper SE, so you’ll manage a 10-80% top-up in around 30 minutes on either of the new electric MINI models. Plug into a 7kW home charger, and a full charge will take seven hours for the smaller battery in the E, and eight hours in the SE.

Join Nicola in a (very) rainy Barcelona as she takes the new MINI electric out on the road for the first time. Are you a fan? Will it be on your shortlist this year? Let us know in the comments below.


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