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PEUGEOT iOn Electric Cars

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A doddle to drive

Roomy interior

Very low running costs

Short range

Expensive

Odd styling

Peugeot’s iOn electric city car hasn’t gone down brilliantly with the critics. They do like some of its unique and quirky qualities, but expense and its range limitations mean it’s not only an acquired taste for city car buyers, but even for those considering other, more accomplished electric cars. The iOn is an average effort in a niche market.

Interior

The iOn’s cabin isn’t particularly great – classy piano black trim on the centre console aside, the rest of the materials used are dull monotone plastics, though build quality overall was seen to be fairly good. The car’s narrow shape does mean the iOn can only seat four people, but there’s decent space for the driver and passengers, both for legroom and headroom. Room in the boot is also quite decent, though not exactly class leading.


Driving

Reviewers don’t seem to be that put off by the way the car drives – it’s certainly not going to be the liveliest or most entertaining car, but most of the testers seem to think the iOn is a decent steer, no doubt thanks to the low centre of gravity, and it works well where you’d hope — in crowded city centres.

Also, as there’s no engine buzzing away behind you, it’s incredibly silent when you’re on the move, though wind and tyre noise can get intrusive at dual carriageway speeds. That being said, it’s been primarily designed to cope with congested built up areas, so we can let it off a bit here.

Engine

As mentioned earlier, the iOn hasn’t got an engine – instead, there’s a pack of lithium-ion batteries supplying juice to a 64 bhp, rear-mounted electric motor. Thanks to the almost instantaneous power and torque delivery, what sounds like a fairly weedy output can actually give the iOn a surprising amount of poke at lower speeds. However, like many smaller electric cars, power dies away at higher speeds — beyond 50 mph or so, in this case.

Also in common with other electric cars, but more positively in this instance, is how easy the iOn is to drive. It may not be fast or fun, but it’s simple and undemanding. The zero-emission motor also has cost benefits, as you’ll see below.

Value for money

Unlike other electric cars, you can’t actually buy an iOn – Peugeot only lease them out on a four year lease that costs a whisker under £500 a month. Whilst it is pricey in the long run – even with the Government grant, it’ll still end up costing over £20,000 overall – the fee does cover the battery packs, which provides some peace of mind if they do stop working.

The lease fee also means that, unless you end up buying the car from Peugeot once the contract has expired, you don’t have to worry about the iOn’s resale value.

As it’s an electric car, running costs should be incredibly low – as there are no tailpipe emissions, it’s exempt from road tax and London’s congestion charge, and Peugeot claims that it costs only £2 to ‘fill up’ an iOn.

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Worth noting

As with all other current electric cars, the iOn’s range is the biggest restriction – even in the best of conditions, Peugeot claims up to 93 miles is possible on a full charge, so it’s only suitable if you can recharge at home (not always an option for inner-city dwellers) or have access to public charging. If neither of those apply to you, then you may be better off looking at a more conventional car.

Conclusion

Electric cars are still in their infancy, but the game is moving along quickly. What may once have been considered a decent electric car already lags behind the best for cost, quality and range. The iOn’s obvious limitations – it’s a bit pricey to lease in the long run and it’s only of any use in cities with charging points – are harder to forgive than ever.

We suggest you look elsewhere — the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, for a start.

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