There are a stunning quantity of fine choices within the compact EV hatchback phase. Whereas there are a couple of different French choices in Europe, the massive three are the MINI Electric, the Fiat 500, and the Honda E. All three come from totally different nations, all three are small three-door hatchbacks, and all three are fully electrical. However which one do you purchase? Auto Express just lately discovered.
Of all three automobiles, solely the MINI Electrical is constructed on a standard platform. The opposite two are constructed on bespoke EV architectures, which permits them to have larger batteries and extra vary in the identical sized package deal (though, the Honda’s is barely larger). Surprisingly, the Honda is definitely heavier, slower, and has a shorter vary than the MINI.
The MINI Electrical makes use of a 32.6 kWh battery pack (28.9 usable), with a 181 horsepower electrical motor mounted to the entrance axle. It additionally will get 145 miles of vary. Whereas the Honda E makes use of a 35.5 kWh battery (28.5 usable), with a rear-mounted motor that makes 152 horsepower, and will get 137 miles of vary. That leaves the Fiat 500 with the biggest battery, a 42 kWh pack that’s fully usable, essentially the most vary, 199 miles but additionally the least energy, 116 horsepower.
It’s an attention-grabbing check as a result of the MINI Electrical is the quickest and, normally, essentially the most enjoyable to drive. However in an EV hatchback, is enjoyable actually a very powerful attribute? For an fanatic, sure. Nonetheless, vary, consolation, and price are extra necessary to most clients on this phase and, actually, the MINI Electrical simply isn’t nice for such issues. Or no less than it’s inferior to its rivals within the phase. So sadly for MINI, its latest electrical automotive really took final place on this check. Which is a bit stunning, contemplating the way it’s largely higher than the Honda E on paper. Test it out.
[Source: Auto Express]