I just think you can't give me what I need anymore. I mean leave me aside from the occasional Snickers bar. Otherwise I think we should go our separate ways. I'M. Sorry, I'm going electric Music, it's official, the cutest Brit on Australian roads just got its green card. This is the mini electric, otherwise known as the Mini Cooper S II. Don'T forget to subscribe and hit the bell icon. So you get notified of all our latest videos. Let'S talk numbers, the mini electric is fifty four thousand eight hundred dollars plus on road costs. It has three doors: four seats and a 1 speed automatic transmission, the electric motor powers the front wheels and produces outputs of 135 kilowatts and 270 Newton meters. The mini electric offers 233 kilometers of range on a full charge. According to the W LTP cycle, the mini electric is based on the Mini Cooper S, and it looks much the same, but with even more quirk factor if that's even possible, you'll get four color choices. This one's called white silver, those familiar Union Jack, taillights, the two tone, roof and mirror caps, but no exhaust pipe a whole lot more neon and the option of these unique will fun fact. They were previously called the corona spoke, but that name had to change. For obvious reasons. The mini electric is also slightly heavier than the Cooper S thanks to its battery pack, but otherwise the dimensions are more or less the same, with a serviceable 211 litres of boot.
Space available, we were hoping, the mini electric would be under the 50000 mark when it landed, but it's a little pricier than that. An almost 55000 plus on road costs, it's slightly more expensive than a baseness and leaf, and the hyundai ioniq, but less than a handy. Kohner, electric it's also 14000, more than the petrol cooper s, but while the corner electric starts at sixty thousand seven hundred and forty dollars, plus on road costs around five thousand nine hundred and forty dollars more than the mini electric it's range is three hundred and twelve Kilometers, so the extra spend will buy you. Seventy nine kilometers of more confidence. As for the 14000 spend on top of the petrol cooper s that could buy you around 1333 litres of petrol at one dollar 50 per liter, which could carry you through a hundred and sixty nine thousand six hundred and ninety kilometers of driving based on the Cooper S is claimed fuel consumption. So what do you get for that extra dough? Everything looks like the mini as we know and love, because it was built in the same factory as its petrol, siblings in Oxford. England. On that note, should I do the rest of this review in a British accent? No okay as standard the mini electric receive the head up, display dual zone: climate control, reverse camera with parking assistant, wireless apple carplay, but no Android, auto wireless phone charging adaptive LED headlights. An eight point: eight inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, ADB with pedestrian detection and heated leather seats, you'll miss out on active cruise control, lane campuses and blind spot monitoring.
Unfortunately, there's no way to add them with the launch edition not available with any optional driver, assist or safety packs mini says. There are currently no plans to introduce other specification options to the range either. The other new edition in the mini electric is this 5.5 inch. Digital instrument, cluster, which keeps track of your battery usage and has a second speedometer. It doesn't really offer much more info than the heads up display. Now I reckon it's high time we hit the road and take this thing for a drive, but first let's turn it on and hear what it sounds like now to me that sounds like the Pixar version of a spaceship. What do you reckon? What does it sound? Like let us know in the comments Music, so if you have someone who is familiar with mini coopers, the first thing you'll notice about the mini electric is there's, not much difference. Really. It maintains that go can't feel that zippy steering and handling it feels super powerful and very quick off the mark. Thanks to the insta tox and the electric powertrain. The only main difference is that it's, obviously very quiet in fact silent I'll, be you know for a whirring noise from the electric motor that's, very quiet and hard to even notice, unless you're paying attention to it and as well it's got the regenerative braking which you Can dial up or down depending on your preferences and basically what that means is the minute you take your foot off the accelerator, the car slows down in an effort to recoup some of that battery power.
If you don't, like that sensation and you like the car to roll a little bit more, there is a button down here that you that it allows you to increase or decrease that regenerative braking feel I'm leaving it on. Because I want to see how far this range can take us when we make the most of it. But again, if you're maneuvering at a lower speeds in the city, you might want to have a bit more of that forward. Roll or at least that kind of feeling of a normal car. On that note, if you have just driven normal cars, but you're not super familiar with the Mini Cooper, this also just does a great job of feeling like a normal car, it's quick, it's quiet, but it also drives just like your average hatchback. There are a few different driving modes in the mini electric sport mode, actually, ups that throttle response even further. It feels even more instantaneous when you put your foot down and then there's also two different green modes and there's the efficient driving setting and then you've got the maximum Green Plus, which basically maximizes your range by removing all comfort functions. So that means no seat heating or climate control and the like, but you do get to drive for a little bit longer we're on eighty three percent battery right now it does seem having been on the roads driving now for a full kind of half an hour.
It doesn't burn through the range as quickly as some other electric cars I've been in so there's a little bit less range anxiety. But I am conscious of the fact that I can see that percentage slowly going down as and I'm already thinking about where my next charge is going to come from so we're, taking a quick break after about 90 minutes or so of driving. We started the day with around 150 kilometers of range we're, now at 107 kilometers of range. We also started off with about 86 percent battery capacity and now, at 69 percent battery capacity that's a fairly accurate reflective consumption figure, given how far we've driven today, it feels like we've, been doing best case scenario you're driving, so we have been in mostly stop start Traffic on suburban roads, a couple of arterial roads, but it is best case so I've been using the CIN heaters I've been using climate control, I've been switching between sport mode and eco mode and dialing up and down the regenerative. Braking as I see fit, many claims 233 kilometers of range. I don't know if you'd get that, if you're doing freeway sprints every day or longer, commutes, I feel like that might be a little bit of an optimistic figure, but we'll see how the rest of the day goes. So how do you charge it? Well, you've got a few options, and one of them is this: a 22 kilowatt public, fast charger that sits somewhere between your average wall socket and an ultra rapid charger.
So what you do plug it in by your cable, like so now, two cars at 69 percent battery capacity and it's telling me it's going to take about an hour and 45 minutes to reach full charge. I'Ve only got 15 minutes for lunch, so we're going to plug it in leave it and see how far we get using a rapid, 50 kilowatt charger will get you to 80 percent charge in around 35 minutes, while a 7.4 kilowatt charger will get you there. In 3, in a bit hours, it also works with a regular wall socket like the kind in your house, but that will take you all night to get to full charge. So we took a little bit longer for lunch about half an hour, so let's see how our car is going, not bad it's. An 86 battery capacity, that's telling me it's got 147 kilometres of range, so it's gone up by about 17 percent battery capacity. In about half an hour, or so I think that's pretty great, if you want a little quick top up and you don't have access to an ultra rapid charger. This should give you enough juice over your lunch break. To get you eating to go freeway driving, it can take a little bit of time to get used to, because when you ease off the throttle, the car slows quite dramatically and if you're not used to that it can make managing your speed a little challenging and Maintaining an even speed, but once you get the hang of it, it's a no problem at all.
In fact, I actually find it really enjoyable and easy if you just use the one pedal in a nutshell. This car is a lot of fun. I do miss the sound of the engine, occasionally when I put my foot down, but once you get used to the lack of that, this still feels like a Mini Cooper, which is what I think a lot of buyers will be looking for and they won't be Disappointed so I've taken the mini electric for one last freeway sprint for about 20 minutes or so and burned through about eight percent battery capacity in the process. So I've come here to this 50 kilowatt rapid charger plugged it in using the supplied cable. This one's free pricing will vary depending on which charge you using, but thankfully this one's free and we're already up to 88 battery capacity in about five minutes after we've plugged it in so pretty impressive, and obviously this is the way to go if you're, in a Hurry the more of these rapid charges we have on our roads and the more access you have to them, the easier electric car ownership gets, although you can make do with wall sockets and wall boxes, if need be, if you're a city dweller. This is the perfect car for you. If you have access to charging infrastructure or off street parking, you'll be able to chop it up regularly enough to get you through your working week, if you're doing a short and sweet city commute it's, when you get up to the higher speeds and longer distances that You might start feeling a little bit of range anxiety, but really it is manageable if you're an urban dweller with access to fast charging regularly.
Overall, the mini electric does an amazing job of doing a great impression of a regular Mini Cooper. Sure it's a little bit more quiet and the regenerative braking takes a little bit of time to get used to, but otherwise it has all the fun factor on behind the wheel feel of the Mini Coopers. We know and love thanks for watching our review of the mini electric for the full written review head to car advice.