Currently reading: New Mini Aceman is electric Renault Clio rival
New model sits between Cooper and Countryman with passenger space given priority; hot JCW on the way

The all-new Mini line-up has been completed with the reveal of the Aceman, a raised, Renault Clio-sized hatchback positioned between the Cooper and Countryman.

The front-wheel-drive Aceman, a star of this week’s Beijing motor show, will be sold solely with an electric drivetrain and will be built alongside the electric version of the new Cooper in China.

From 2026, production will also take place in Oxford after a £600 million investment to upgrade the factory, safeguarding around 4000 jobs.

Mini boss Stefanie Wurst has previously talked up the Aceman’s potential to be the brand’s best-selling model. The Aceman is built on an extended version of the architecture that underpins the electric Cooper.

It is 4.07m long, 1.75m wide and 1.5m tall, which makes it around 20cm longer than a Cooper and of a similar footprint to a Clio.

However, the Aceman sits slightly taller than a typical supermini with more of a crossover body that, Mini says, frees up more interior space.

Mini Aceman at Beijing motor show – rear quarter

Two versions of the Aceman will be available from launch. The entry-level Aceman E has a 181bhp, 214lb ft front-mounted motor that propels the car from 0-62mph in 7.9sec and onto a top speed of 99mph.

It uses a 42.5kWh battery that’s good for a 193-mile range and the peak charging speed is 75kW. The more powerful Aceman SE uses a 215bhp, 243lb ft motor and has a 0-62mph time of 7.1sec and a 106mph top speed. It also gets a 54.2kWh battery with a 252-mile range and a faster maximum charging speed of 95kW.

A JCW Aceman is also planned. It will use the SE’s powertrain but get a more aggressive chassis set-up. The styling cues are recognisable from the Minis that the Aceman sits between in the range, with the curves of the Cooper at the front and the chunkier look of the Countryman, with the square wheel arches.

The design of its interior also mirrors that of the other new Minis and includes a large central OLED display for the infotainment.

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Mini Aceman at Beijing motor show – interior

The interior seats five and the boot capacity is 300 litres, which is almost 100 litres down on the Clio because Mini has prioritised passenger space. With the 60/40-split rear seats folded, the capacity increases to 1005 litres, which is a match for the Clio.

The Aceman will later be joined in the Mini line-up by a five-door version of the Cooper and a new Cabriolet model to complete the firm’s new range. The E is priced from £31,800 and the SE from £36,300. Three trim levels are offered: Classic, Exclusive and Sport. UK deliveries start in autumn.

Mark Tisshaw

Title: Editor

Mark is a journalist with more than a decade of top-level experience in the automotive industry. He first joined Autocar in 2009, having previously worked in local newspapers. He has held several roles at Autocar, including news editor, deputy editor, digital editor and his current position of editor, one he has held since 2017.

From this position he oversees all of Autocar’s content across the print magazine, website, social media, video, and podcast channels, as well as our recent launch, Autocar Business. Mark regularly interviews the very top global executives in the automotive industry, telling their stories and holding them to account, meeting them at shows and events around the world.

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Mikey C 25 April 2024

Not a fan. Don't like the wheelarches, and the overall styling isn't Mini enough for me. Indeed other than the nose, I wouldn't have recognised it as a Mini variant at all.

Andrew1 25 April 2024
Only for Autocar this caricature can be a rival for Clio. It doesn't even have union jack rear lights anymore :))
Commenter 25 April 2024
Looks a bit like a Mk2 Kona with it's straight wheel arches but sized like a supermini. Fine looking rear but hideous headlights.