The iCar is designed primarily for the city, where it should excel. Its tiny dimensions make it easy to thread around twisty streets and the upright shape (with no bonnet sticking out) makes it a doddle to park.
However, performance from the tiny, Smart-sourced, 64bhp 660cc turbocharged engine is pretty pedestrian. Top speed is 90mph and Mitsubishi doesn't even quote a 0-60mph time, but it should be adequate for nipping around town.
The iCar comes with a four-speed automatic gearbox as standard, which changes gear in a slightly jerky fashion.
Our brief drive was around an urban circuit, so it's hard to say how the car will handle on cross-country roads. It leans a bit in corners, but not noticeably worse than its city car rivals.