The i-MiEV’s electric motor produces 63bhp and a healthy 133lb ft of pull, so it’s pretty nippy in the cut and thrust of traffic. Alternatively, if things are less frantic, you can slot the automatic gearbox into an Eco setting that reduces power and extends the range. Faster roads aren’t the complete no-go zones they are in some electric cars thanks to a top speed of 81mph.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV ride & handling
The i-MiEV is at its best in town, where you can exploit its dinky dimensions and tight turning circle. Unfortunately, the steering is quite heavy at parking speeds and the ride is unsettled. Leave the city behind, and the car is all too easily upset by side winds and the wake from HGVs. Plus, its narrow front tyres follow every furrow and undulation in the road surface. Grip is extremely limited.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV refinement
If you thought electric cars were silent, think again. The motor is at the rear of the i-MiEV, beneath the boot, but you can still hear a gentle whirr from it when you’re moving at town speeds, and this turns into a rather irritating whine on faster roads. There’s a lot of wind- and road noise, too.