Mitsubishi i MiEV review (2009 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Mitsubishi i MiEV

Mitsubishi i MiEV review onwards)

What — i MiEV

Where — UK

Price — TBC

Available Summer 2009

Key rivals Honda Insight, Toyota Smart ED, G-Wiz

Mitsubishi the initiative with an all-electric of its distinctive i city car

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four-seat Smart car and you’ve got an of what Mitsubishi’s i is all about. spacious, frugal and packed fascinating engineering it’s a surprise success here in the UK, the full allocation of cars out in a very short space of

As it stands the i is already a pretty car. But this new all-electric — known as the i MiEV takes its eco credentials to a whole new and, unlike previous cars, boasts major credibility and all the advantages that from being based on an crash-tested and certified car.

The cab-forward body is as eye catching as it was, the narrow body it appear deceptively long it’s actually a tad shorter a Toyota Aygo and a whole skinnier than a Smart Inside there’s space for while a decent 246-litre is bigger than that of a Panda.

So it’s cleverly packaged and to look at, the latter entirely for an electrically powered car. it or not, this is the way things are whether the power comes fuel cells, the mains or some other source. So it like to drive?

Mitsubishi i MiEV

With 64hp the electric i outguns its petrol-powered cousin. But the torque that’s even impressive, the i MiEV’s 133lb ft the conventional car’s 62lb ft. more, being an electric this peak torque is instantly, helping to offset the the i MiEV is hauling around a battery pack.

Instant like this would make the i MiEV very to drive, were it not for the very modulated throttle response. the linear power delivery no getting used to at all and the only thing is the total lack of noise.

0-62mph in around 13 seconds is with the petrol version but by the of your pants the i MiEV considerably faster, thanks to the amounts of torque available. perfectly quick enough to up in cut and thrust city driving and a top speed of over 80mph cope with motorways

This isn’t the i MiEV’s habitat though, the nominal range taking a big hit if you’re along at high speed. For driving and typical commutes perfect though, the gearbox an eco mode that cuts power to 24hp to boost limiting performance but still for driving up to 30mph or so.

At street level the i MiEV is a zero emissions vehicle. But of that electricity doesn’t out of nowhere and, though it may be away, there’s a power smoke stack pumping out into the atmosphere somewhere. So is an environmental cost to driving the i

Practical, fast enough and the i MiEV has a lot going for it. So it’s right? Not quite. The short is suited to urban trips Then there’s the price; or thereabouts.

It’s still a fine though.

Mitsubishi i MiEV

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