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MINI Cooper review - MPG, running costs & CO2 emissions

“The MINI Cooper should be economical to run, and the Cooper Electric has a longer range than before”

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The MINI Cooper comes with a choice of petrol and electric power, with the latter able to provide cheaper running costs and zero tailpipe emissions. Thanks to the fact that it’s now based on a dedicated EV platform, the MINI Cooper Electric has a much more usable range compared to that of the outgoing MINI Electric.

Model 

Battery size

Range

MINI Cooper E

40.7kWh

190 miles

MINI Cooper SE

49.2kWh

250 miles

The petrol MINI Cooper still shouldn’t cost the earth to run, and it’s cheaper to buy in the first place. You can expect maximum economy figures ranging from between the mid to late 40mpgs whether you go for the 1.5 or 2.0-litre engine.
 

Model 

Fuel economy

CO2 emissions

MINI Cooper C 1.5-litre petrol

47.9mpg

133g/km

MINI Cooper S 2.0-litre petrol

45.6mpg

140g/km

How efficient is the MINI Cooper in the real world?

When we drove the MINI Cooper SE, we found the real-world range to be more likely around the 200-mile mark, which is an unimpressive, but respectable distance when compared to its official 250-mile on-paper figure.

How much will the MINI Cooper cost in tax?

The petrol MINI Cooper will cost the standard rate in VED (road tax), which equates to £190 per year at the time of writing. Even a fully kitted-out petrol model shouldn’t cost over £40,000, so it shouldn’t incur the five-year premium car surcharge for models that cost more than that.

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The good news is that until 2025 all electric models are exempt from road tax – after that date, the rate of VED will go up to £10 a year for electric cars. 

The MINI Electric will be the best version to go for as a company car, because its zero-emissions status puts it in the lowest Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax band.

What will the MINI Cooper cost to insure?

Insurance groups are yet to be confirmed for the latest MINI Cooper, but the outgoing petrol MINI Hatch ranged from groups 13 to 28, so it’s relatively expensive to insure compared to other superminis. The outgoing electric model sat between groups 22 and 23. We’d expect similar groupings for the current model, though nothing is confirmed.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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