Peugeot iOn driven
* Small electric city car tested * Similar to Mitsubishi i-Miev and Citroen C-Zero * Lease for £415 + VAT per month...
If you really want an electric car and have a strange aversion to the excellent Nissan Leaf, your choice is somewhat limited.
All that differs among this electric trio are the badges and the price Peugeot's version is lease only for a sizeable £415 per month plus VAT over four years. That's slightly more than it'll cost to lease a hybrid Lexus CT200h.
Sure the iOn is a different beast it'll squeeze just four people in (and it will be a squeeze), while quality is more akin to a 1981 Toyota than a 2011 Lexus. You're unlikely to be going far, given the 93-mile range, which is just as well because there's not much space for luggage, either.
However, as something to tootle around town in, it's not all bad. The ride is a bit bouncy, but not too uncomfortable, while there's decent oomph from the 49kw electric motor. It'll just about keep pace on dual carriageways and motorways, but although there's only ever a gentle whirr from the motor, there's plenty of wind and road noise.
The iOn is lavishly equipped, too, with air-con, six airbags, alloy wheels and stability control. Strangely, there's no clock, though!
A full charge from a 13 amp socket will take seven hours and you'll get an 80% charge ion 30 minutes from a fast-charge point, if you can find one. That's all pretty normal electric car fare it's just a shame the iOn costs so much.
What Car? says
Price £415 per month + VAT lease only
Range 93 miles
Top speed 81mph
CO2 g/km 0
Insurance group 28P (provisional)