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Citroën Ami review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

Citroën Ami 2021 right tracking
  • Citroen Ami 2022 front
  • Citroën Ami 2021 rear cornering
  • Citroën Ami 2021 interior dashboard
  • Citroën Ami 2021 badge detail
  • Citroën Ami 2021 right tracking
  • Citroën Ami 2021 front cornering
  • Citroën Ami 2021 front tracking with 1970s Ami behind
  • Citroën Ami 2021 front side detail
  • Citroën Ami 2021 wheel detail
  • Citroën Ami 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Citroën Ami 2021 interior seat
  • Citroën Ami 2021 interior keyring detail
  • Citroen Ami 2022 front
  • Citroën Ami 2021 rear cornering
  • Citroën Ami 2021 interior dashboard
  • Citroën Ami 2021 badge detail
  • Citroën Ami 2021 right tracking
  • Citroën Ami 2021 front cornering
  • Citroën Ami 2021 front tracking with 1970s Ami behind
  • Citroën Ami 2021 front side detail
  • Citroën Ami 2021 wheel detail
  • Citroën Ami 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Citroën Ami 2021 interior seat
  • Citroën Ami 2021 interior keyring detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Citroën Ami retails at less than half the price of the cheapest 'proper' electric cars. It's cheaper even than the now extinct Renault Twizy, and unlike that car you don't need to pay a monthly fee to rent the battery. 

You can only charge the Ami from a three-pin domestic plug socket, meaning you can’t use the public electric car charging network. Nevertheless, running costs should be low, as the impact on your electricity bills will be smaller than with a heavier, faster electric car, such as a Fiat 500.

Overview

The quirky Citroën Ami has to be one of the most polarising cars we've tested, and its price and intended use must be factored into any verdict. Although it’s slow and has a tiny range, it costs less than half the amount to buy than the cheapest proper electric cars, while offering far better protection from the elements than a motorcycle. For a small niche of city dwellers with specific requirements, it's a great buy – but the obvious compromises mean it will be a far harder sell for most drivers.

  • Surprisingly spacious for two
  • Low purchase and running costs
  • Zippy city acceleration
  • Limited range
  • 28mph top speed
  • Safety concerns
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