Mitsubishi claims that the i-MiEV can go 90 miles between charges and will add just £115 to your electricity bill every 12,000 miles. What’s more, it’s exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge. However, even with the government grant for electric vehicles, its list price is around three times as much as a conventional petrol-engined city car's – and it looks very dear next to the (also all-electric) Nissan Leaf.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV quality & reliability
The steering wheel and gear knob are covered in leather, while the build quality seems solid enough. However, the hard, grainy interior plastics look and feel cheap. Mitsubishi didn't feature in the 2013 JD Power ownership satisfaction survey, but finished an encouraging sixth (out of 36 manufacturers) in the 2012 Reliability Survey.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV safety & security
The i-MiEV has a long list of safety kit, including twin front-, side- and curtain airbags, as well as stability control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution. Despite all that, though, it managed only a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Thatcham awarded the iMiEV four stars (out-of-five) for guarding against being stolen, but a worrying one star for resisting being broken into.