Mitsubishi i-MiEV Review – SlashGear

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-MiEV Review

cars generally settle one of two camps: the outlandish, like Twizy, or the discrete, like Note. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, straddles both. Its #8220;space looks are certainly eye-catching, but also borrowed wholesale the regular gas-powered version in Japan and Europe, rather an EV flourish for its own sake.

The i-MiEV is one of the US#8217; cheapest EVs, with prices starting at (after tax incentives) it still a premium over more fuelled cars. Can the i-MiEV#8217;s charms win us over? Read on for the SlashGear review.

Design and

It#8217;s not quite a Twizy. but the is certainly no wall-flower when it to Mitsubishi#8217;s aesthetic. The tall, body was intended for snapping cramped Tokyo side-streets, but it for a car that catches more its fair share of glances you#8217;re driving. Whether admiring or bemused is unclear.

You get four doors, however, and seats inside #8211; the seats fold down boosting the trunk#8217;s compact cubic feet of storage to a useful 50.4 cubit #8211; with room for front and back. It#8217;s an ride with plenty of though the limited width can those in the back sit closer than usual. Despite the the only leather you#8217;ll inside is wrapping the steering and shifter knob; the seats are fabric, instead, and adjusted not electrically.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV walkthrough:

the ostentatious exterior, we#8217;d expected the sort of swooping, dashboard that would a concept car jealous. In fact, the interior is surprisingly sober. The top dash panels match the seat fabric for color, a bulbous central stack with a sizeable LCD display the HVAC controls and finally the shifter at the bottom.

The latter like it could#8217;ve been from any automatic car, the usual park, neutral, and reverse options, as well as an mode a notch away.

In the minimalistic driver#8217;s instrument the view is dominated by a center with a digital speedo in the flanked by a simple indicator shows how economical or profligate you are your current driving A smaller display on the left battery level and current range in miles is shown in screen on the other side. at a small plastic button in the flips over to distance since your last

It#8217;s functional, for the most The plastics in general are somewhat to the touch, though you at least get power windows and mirrors, and central locking as standard. also a heated seat, on the side only, which recommends using instead of up the HVAC on a cold morning, it#8217;s more power-frugal; you can turn on the HVAC (to the last settings) remotely from the while the i-MiEV is still into the mains. The touchscreen system, complete with streaming/hands-free, a reversing camera, and is comprehensive, though not the easiest to

Engine and Performance

The i-MiEV#8217;s pushes out 66HP through the wheels via a single-speed gearbox, and 145 lb-ft of torque. It#8217;s for a top speed of 81mph, and though isn#8217;t especially keen to performance figures (0-60mph is a 13s the combination of the 1.3 ton curb weight. low of gravity, and immediacy of electric means acceleration is surprisingly The i-MiEV is certainly at its best town, where the combination of pep off the line and regenerative power up the battery show their but that#8217;s not to say it can#8217;t handle the

Mitsubishi i-MiEV driving:

At speeds, there#8217;s a fair of wind noise, and while you get the familiar thrum of a gas engine, you the whine of the electric motor

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Side-winds can lead to some buffeting, too. The suspension taut, given the batteries the must lug #8211; is firm but not so.

Battery and Range

As with all the big question mark hanging the i-MiEV is range. Mitsubishi an EPA MPGe (miles per gallon of 126 for city driving, 99 for highway and 112 combined; total EPA range is 62

That#8217;s assuming ideal of course. In practice, you tend to with one eye fixed to the range alert to how your driving affects how many miles be able to do. We found the estimates to be accurate, though weather than anything is the big decider.

out for town on a particularly cold day by the time we#8217;d reached our stop, the gage had dropped more miles than actually traveled. Mitsubishi include a single out-of-energy per year for the first three

Extremes of temperature are known for battery performance, and the i-MiEV one of them as standard. All i-MiEV have a cooling fan that the effect of hot days, but its counterpart warmer is only standard on the SE Package#8221; #8211; $2,790 or as a $175 add-on.

Charging generally depends on how juice you have to spare. The can power up from either a domestic supply or, if you have to it, a 240V supply. A 120V charging cable is included to impromptu recharges while on the something which we found roughly 20- to 22hrs.

A #8220;Level 240V charger cuts to seven hours, or if you have to a #8220;Level 3#8243; public you can take the i-MiEV to 80-percent in 30

Mitsubishi includes a total of warranties with the i-MiEV, different aspects of the car. is the 3-year/36,000 mile New Vehicle followed by a specific 5-year/60,000 powertrain warranty. Finally, 8-year/100,000 mile cover for the batteries, which unlike car companies Mitsubishi sells than leases to drivers.

some degree of battery is to be expected (and isn#8217;t by the warranty): you should expect to 80-percent of total capacity after 5yrs, falling to after 10yrs.

Most of the issues affecting the are applicable to every all-electric The preoccupation with range, of equipment versus saving as power for actually moving, and the of Li-Ion batteries are to modern EVs gas consumption, engine oil, and are to traditional cars.

Where the succeeds is in helping make travel more affordable. to federal tax incentives you can have the for under $22k (before and handling); considering only a of years ago you#8217;d be looking at that for an EV, it shows how far we#8217;ve in eco-friendly motoring. The i-MiEV is a second car, unless a resolute city dweller, but for trips around town and for four in a small footprint, a perky addition to your

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