The new MINI Electric is powered by an advanced synchronous electric motor, while its 32.6 kWh battery is mounted in a T-shape between the front seats and under the rear seats, leaving boot space unaffected. Maximum power output is 184 HP and maximum torque is 270 Nm; 0-62mph acceleration takes just 7.3 seconds and a top speed is limited to 93mph. The four driving modes are SPORT, MID, GREEN and GREEN+ and you can also choose the level of regeneration from braking. Maximum range is between 124 and 144 miles, depending on conditions and how you drive. On a 50kW rapid DC charger an 80 per cent top-up will take just 35 minutes while AC 11kW charging takes 2.5 hours for 80 per cent or 3.5 hours for a full charge.


Apart from the new digital dashboard that shows the charge level for the driver, there’s a 6.5-inch central infotainment screen with navigation as well as MINI Online and Apple CarPlay. Real-time traffic updates and map view that shows charging stations en route are also standard features. In standard trim the exterior colours are limited to silver or grey, but the colour palette widens as you move up the trim levels. The next trim level up brings cloth and leatherette upholstery, keyless entry, heated seats, a parking camera and MINI logo puddle lamps. Top of the range models get front park distance control, Park Assist, Harmon Kardon Sound system and head-up display, as well as an 8.8” infotainment screen, Lounge leather upholstery and wireless phone charging.


Electric cars are remarkable quiet, so to help pedestrians in urban areas there’s ‘acoustic protection’, a specially developed warning sound for low-speed driving. In place of a dynamic stability control (DSC) system the MINI electric features new ‘actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation’ (ARB) technology inherited from the BMW 1 Series and i3s. Other safety technology includes Pedestrian Warning and Collision Mitigation, which scan the streets and apply the brakes if they detect trouble ahead.

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