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Having watched the electric Mini concept develop with interest, I've placed an order this week. I've been interested in EVs for ages and if seems like a good fit for our family as a second vehicle.

It's a Level 2 in BRG with white roof and mirror caps, plus those plug-style wheels that went by the name "Corona" until just a few weeks ago!

The distinctive colour / wheel combination - chosen by our kids - is just the beginning of my trepidation, though. We'll be relying on a nearby 50kw charger and 3-pin home charging, which enough neighbours seem to get on fine with on our Victorian terraced street. Those lovely wheels will die a terrible death at the hands of my wife and our massive kerb stones - they look impossible to refurbish cheaply!! Plus 100 miles of range and the car's size will be a metaphorical and real-life squeeze...

But I'm convinced enough that the upsides are worth it and that we fit the usage profile well. (We also have a family van and used to have R56 Minis, which felt too small as the kids grew... but I miss all the same).

It also seems like a fittingly modern present to myself in my 40th year! One review describes the car as a heat-seeking missile, which pretty much convinces me.

I'm being told June or July for delivery. Who knows whether that's realistic, but I'll update here either way.
 

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Congratulations! I myself might make an order when the dealers open their doors again. I think I'd go for Level 2 also. Haven't seen any bad reviews of it yet, everyone loves the handling and the speed. And who doesn't love a Mini? In the official top 10 coolest cars in history.
 

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On the kerbing of the wheels, my wife just bought an ICE mini with lovely alloys. She has previous form for making short work of them so took out specific alloy wheel insurance.
I was sceptical at first but with the first kerbing occurring with the first 10 days of ownership we got to try it out. Other than having to wait about 10 days for an appointment it went very smoothly with the repair company calling to the wife’s workplace and completing the repair there.
Something to consider. I know I will be when I finally collect my new car as that sound of a kerbing wheel is sickening
 

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I'm being told June or July for delivery. Who knows whether that's realistic, but I'll update here either way.
With the factory shutdown for 5 weeks at least, I doubt you'll be getting one in June. People ordering in early March before the shutdown were getting August/Sept dates.
 

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^^^ I agree and was surprised when they told me that. I just wonder whether I got a cancelled order slot. I'm not in a hurry anyway - qua sera, sera!
 

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Did they email you with an updated delivery date post-factory reopening? I am kind of surprised they have not bothered to do this for me yet. There has been no news from them whatsoever. Meanwhile, the corsa-e has 5 doors and double the range....
 

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Did they email you with an updated delivery date post-factory reopening? I am kind of surprised they have not bothered to do this for me yet. There has been no news from them whatsoever. Meanwhile, the corsa-e has 5 doors and double the range....
No the dealer hasn’t actively contacted me at all since the factory reopened. In fact since the time I placed my order in early December they’ve contacted me just once. I just phone them now regularly and get them to check my current order status.
 

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Not driven it much but I love it so far
Be interesting when you can drive more to see what range you can achieve with normal everyday driving and also if you go more than 140 miles 👍
 

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Be interesting when you can drive more to see what range you can achieve with normal everyday driving and also if you go more than 140 miles 👍
Well in the small time I have driven it I think I will be lucky to get 125 miles in Mid mode. In green mode you might get above 145
 

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I took it for the test drive and cancelled the order. I felt physically sick because the suspension was so hard and the regen braking aggressive. Most of my driving would be in urban roads with lots of potholes and speedbumps and it is not a comfy ride. Compared to the countryman PHEV I found the ride hard, the weird ghost noise it makes put me off, and so dark inside due to the all-black interior, plus the lack of eletric boot closing. ON the plus the acceleration was really good and light on A roads, but as I said most of my driving is in city roads and really the suspension should be set up accordingly. Also the resale value they offerred me was derisory.
 

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Coming from a 5 year old Mini Cooper I actually thought the ride was better. I'm used to excessive engine braking from riding big twin cylinder motorbikes and I quite like it but you can turn that down on them but then you don't get all the regenerative benefit. I like the fact that I've only had to use the brake pedal once to stop since I got it.
 

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Coming from a 5 year old Mini Cooper I actually thought the ride was better. I'm used to excessive engine braking from riding big twin cylinder motorbikes and I quite like it but you can turn that down on them but then you don't get all the regenerative benefit. I like the fact that I've only had to use the brake pedal once to stop since I got it.
Coasting is more efficient than regen for range, I understand the like for one pedal driving in cities but wonder if the default should be 'off' to improve efficiency and range?
 
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