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MINI HATCHBACK 135kW Cooper S Level 2 33kWh 3dr Auto
MINI HATCHBACK 135kW Cooper S Level 2 33kWh 3dr Auto
MINI HATCHBACK 135kW Cooper S Level 2 33kWh 3dr Auto
MINI HATCHBACK 135kW Cooper S Level 2 33kWh 3dr Auto
MINI HATCHBACK 135kW Cooper S Level 2 33kWh 3dr Auto
MINI HATCHBACK 135kW Cooper S Level 2 33kWh 3dr Auto

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£3251.76 Inc VAT (12 Months Upfront) | 48 Month Contract | 6000 k Miles P/A

MINI HATCHBACK
135kW Cooper S Level 2 33kWh 3dr Auto

Hatchback | 3 Doors | Electric | Automatic

£270.98

Per Month Inc VAT
Initial Payment
£3251.76 (12 Months Upfront)
Contract Length: 48 Months
Annual Mileage: 6000
Document Fee: £0.00
Average Monthly Cost: £333.08

This Deal Comes With 1 Year’s Free Insurance


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Price History

Rating Breakdown

Performance
7
10
Handling
7
10
Comfort
7
10
Space
5
10
Style
7
10
Build
7
10
Value
6
10
Equipment
7
10
Economy
6
10
Depreciation
8
10
Insurance
7
10
Total
67
100

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Vehicle Review

It's natural that there should be a MINI Electric variant. This little Hatch, recently lightly updated, lends itself to battery power and quick-step EV pulling power. The driving range possible between charges isn't a particular strongpoint here, but it'll probably be fine for urban folk, who'll appreciate this car's enthusiastic take on life. Market interest suggests that it could prove rather popular.

It's curious that it's taken BMW's MINI brand so long to bring us an all-electric version of its iconic little hatch model. The Bavarians have, after all, been experimenting with battery-powered versions of this model for years - MINI E prototypes were first produced as long ago as 2008. Following that, it was always assumed that BMW's first battery-powered car would wear MINI badging but time drifted on, nothing happened and in fact it was the BMW i3, launched in 2016, that reached the EV market first. Since then, we've had an electrified MINI - the Countryman PHEV - but no full-battery model. Until 2020 and the launch of this MINI Electric. The car was lightly updated in early 2021, which is the model we look at here.

This MINI Electric uses a 32.6kWh battery pack with a 184hp output and maximum torque of 270Nm. From rest, 62mph takes just 7.3s, so we're talking near-MINI Cooper S levels of performance, though as with all EVs, the maximum speed is restricted - in this case to just 93mph. But then, when was the last time you drove over 93mph? The car sits a little higher off the road than a Cooper S to give the battery more clearance but the centre of gravity is lower because more of the mass is concentrated further down. Weight distribution is quite different to a normal MINI Hatch too, the battery's bulk dictating a 54/46 front-to-rear ratio rather than the usual 60:40-split. To get the most from the electric motor's torque, you'll need to master the various driving modes - 'Normal', 'Green' and 'Sport', the latter offering slingshot acceleration. The digital dashboard provides information on the current flow of energy and the range, as well as offering ways of increasing range by deactivating comfort functions or boosting energy regeneration. On the navigation map, a circle that indicates the car's range can be shown. When the route guidance starts, it displays the fastest and shortest route and also suggests a GREEN route involving the lowest level of power consumption. As part of the recent update, MINI has introduced fresh (but optional) camera safety features. And, most importantly, the option of adaptive damping - which you might want because it to some extent addresses the issue of this car's rather firm ride.

The MINI Electric is based on the same body shell as the 3-Door Hatch, with a number of specific differences. An embossed MINI Electric logo appears on car's side scuttles, as well as on the tailgate and front radiator grille. The front grille features the hallmark hexagonal shape but is closed, as the car requires less cooling. This also contributes to sleek aerodynamics, as do the enclosed undercarriage and the rear apron. This model shares the recent updates visited upon the wider MINI Hatch range. That means the front-view is dominated by a larger radiator grille panel with a black, hexagonal surround. The position lights have been replaced by vertical air inlets to optimise aerodynamics and the central bumper strip is now in body colour, rather than black. The wheel arches have smarter contours, the side indicators have been re-designed to feature LED technology and at the back of the car, the fog light is now integrated into the rear apron as a narrow LED unit. Inside, recent changes include a re-designed sports leather steering wheel and a smarter structure for the various keypads. Through the wheel, you view a 5.5-inch colour screen to replace conventional instrument gauges. Road speed is shown at the centre in figures with a peripheral scale band, as well as information on the charge level of the battery, the selected MINI Driving Mode, the status of the driver assistance systems and check control messages. In addition, details of the available range, current drive power, outside temperature, time and mileage are displayed, with traffic sign detection reports and directions from the navigation system. An 8.8-inch centre infotainment screen is now standard, rather than being an expensive extra. Boot volume can be compromised in electric cars but the MINI Electric retains the full MINI Hatch 211-litres, expanding to 731-litres when the rear backrests are folded down.

It's natural that there should be a MINI Electric variant. This little Hatch lends itself to battery power and quick-step EV pulling power. The driving range possible between charges (between 124 and 145 miles in the WLTP cycle) isn't a particular strongpoint here, but it'll probably be fine for urban folk, who'll appreciate this car's enthusiastic take on life. With regard to range, MINI points out the issue of cost and weight. The larger the battery, the more expensive and heavy it will be, which of course then affects performance and handling - both crucial criteria for a potential buyer of this car.
Monthly Payments of £
£333.08 Av. Monthly Cost (Including Initial Payment)
Initial Payment: £3251.76 Inc VAT ( months upfront)
Document Fee: £0.00 (Charged by the leasing company)
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