Eco cars rated Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The £24,606* i-MiEV is Mitsubishi's four-seater electric city car with a claimed range of 80 miles. It’s also sold as the Citroën C-Zero and Peugeot iOn.

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Our view 

It costs more than twice as much as the Best Buy Suzuki Splash city car – and for that price, you could take your pick of some very decent cars. We think the benefits aren’t enough to offset the price. Mitsubishi claims residual values will be ‘very good’, but has yet to qualify that statement. 

What’s it like to drive?

It doesn’t feel slow, particularly at low speeds. There’s no gearbox as such, just a selector for forward and reverse, with accelerator and brake pedals. It’s relaxing and quiet to drive, especially around town. It runs out of puff as you approach 60mph, so this isn’t a car for the motorway. It’s surprisingly roomy and the boot holds a claimed 200 litres. 

Read our full Mitsubishi i-MiEV First Drive report here

See how it stacks up against the similarly sized diesel Suzuki Splash

 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2

UK sales are expected to start in January 2011

Good for: Short- and medium-distance urban journeys. Particularly good for stop-start city traffic. 

Not good for: Motorway cruising and long-distance drivers. Value for money. 

Environmental credentials: Very good. 68g/km CO2 (using manufacturer's range and battery capacity figures)

Fuel cost for 50 miles: £1.21

Everyday usability: Poor. 80 mile range (claimed) and an eight-hour charge time (using domestic mains supply).