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2022 MINI Electric Hatch

2022 MINI Electric Hatch

Great things do come in small packages, things as electrifying as the new 2022 MINI Electric Hatch.  It’s a great little car, not the roomiest small EV, nor the one that will go furthest on a charge, but great fun, nonetheless.

On board the little Mini EV Hatch you’ve got a good base level of equipment that comes as standard.  Features like the ABS, front and side airbags, cruise control, Isofix child seat anchor points, and parking sensors are the kinds of safety features that ensure that this wee Mini is a solid car in the area of safety.  European crash test results for the Mini back in 2014 gave the small Hatch a solid 4-stars; despite its size, the Mini Electric Hatch holds up well and punches above its weight (and size) when it comes to the misfortune of being in an accident.  Being 2022, the MINI Electric Hatch SE version boasts features like automatic high-beam, traffic sign recognition, and pedestrian and collision warning (AEB) as part of the deal, while features like active cruise control instead of the normal cruise control system are present.  These features now make your drive even safer.

2022 MINI Electric Hatch

Out on the road, Minis are usually a hoot to drive, and the 2022 Mini Electric Hatch sings off that same song sheet.  It isn’t as noisy (funny that), and being an EV the quiet, stealth with which it can point and shoot through corners is a satisfying addiction.  It gains speed quite quickly from a standstill, the BMW-engineered electric motor developing 135 kW and 270 Nm of instant torque.  To put those figures in perspective, the Mini Electric Hatch is just shy of the power ratings that come out of the Turbo-ICE Cooper S.  The 0-100 km/h sprint is completed in less than 7 seconds – similar to the Turbo Cooper S.  The MINI EV’s handling and control is a fun combination, the car feeling secure and go-cartish.  The ride quality is firm, and there is a bit of road noise that comes up inside the cabin, possibly a consequence of the taller springs and shocks that are used from the Mini Countryman and Clubman to counterbalance for the battery’s additional weight and also for maintaining ground clearance.  The FWD, front electric motor layout is the platform which the little Mini Electric Hatch launches itself.

So how far can you go in the MINI Electric Hatch experience?  The 2022 Mini Electric SE Classic travels out to a maximum of around 180 – 220 km before running out of charge.  It’s not the greatest range I have to say, but then most of its drivers will likely be a city-zoned commuter, and it’s in the city where these small EVs work a treat.  It isn’t a big car, a 3-door Hatch, so will easily fit into parking spaces, zipping around town under its electric power.  The MINI EV won’t be the wisest choice of car to venture too far out from the urban jungle, as charging time morphs into a long round of patience.  However, the Mini Electric SE Classic pledges to make even grocery runs fun. It’s also a bargain on the small-car EV market.

Standard SE equipment includes: an alarm, cruise control, front and rear electric windows, a height adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel with rake and reach adjustment, a metallic paint job, a service indicator light, side airbags, sports seats, alloy wheels, electric mirrors, an electric sunroof, heated seats, leather seat trim, lumbar support, parking sensors, and satellite navigation.

2022 MINI Electric Hatch

The cabin space is quite accommodating.  In this size of car (3-door hatchback), regardless of whether it’s a small EV Hatch or not, you’re always going to find the rear seats tight for tall adults.  The reality is that rear seat space is tiny, having only been designed for two passengers rather than three, but the seats themselves are comfortable and, as long as there’s nobody too tall in the front seats, 2 grown-ups can squeeze in the back.  The MINI Electric’s boot space is the same as the regular three-door MINI, so you get 211-litres with the rear seats in place, which is substantially less than you’ll find in a Renault Zoe or Peugeot e-208.  However, it is more than the 171 litres on offer in a Honda e.  However, the Honda e offers 861 litres load capacity when the rear seats are folded down flat versus the 731 litres you’ll find in the Mini.  There is a false floor in the boot, a handy space to keep charging cables and to keep things tidy.

Fun, yes; modern, yes; an efficient city commuter, yes!

2022 MINI Electric Hatch

The 2022 MINI Hatch models include the:

  • Cooper Classic
  • Cooper Classic Plus
  • Cooper S Classic
  • Cooper MINI Yours
  • Cooper S MINI Yours
  • Cooper S JCW Sport
  • John Cooper Works Essential
  • Cooper SE Classic Electric
  • John Cooper Works Classic
  • John Cooper Works MINI Yours
  • Cooper SE MINI Yours Electric

For any more information on a new MINI Electric Hatch or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of MINI dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. Private Fleet – car buying made easy!