Fun, quick, comfortable ... and very economical.
December 4, 2018
This is my fourth MINI and I have enjoyed every one. It is also the largest and heaviest MINI I have owned and feels more like a small BMW and less like a go-cart. I'm OK with that. It is roomy (I am 6'4"), comfortable and very quiet. It is also very quick. With 284 lb-ft of all-wheel torque it is a blast to drive. In the mountains, this car will run circles around most would be competitors.
But what about gas mileage? If your daily drive consists mainly of short trips, say 20-30 miles a day and you plug it in at night, you should get exceptional gas mileage. That's where a PHEV shines. But, the longer your average drive between charges, the lower your gas mileage will be.
On my first tank, I got 375 miles on 8.1 gallons (46.3 mpg). This included two days of about 100 highway miles each and 175 miles of short trips. I am now on my second tank, mostly around town, and indicating 77.3 mpg so far. This will drop as I am about to make another 100 mi drive. As they say, your mileage may vary.
Of course, there is also the cost of electricity, which tends to run about 50 cents per recharge, at home. Very eco friendly since I subscribe to Windsource.
All in all, it's an amazing car. And with the current rebates and incentives, it's a deal that's hard to beat.