The only way to get a iOn is to lease one for four years/40,000 miles, which costs more than £400 a month (after reclaiming VAT). That's very dear for a car of this size, especially compared to the (larger) Nissan Leaf, but it does take care of the worry about battery life and costs. The range on a full charge is fewer than 100 miles – much less if you constantly use the heater or air-con. Full recharging takes six hours, but you get 80% of capacity in 30 minutes from a quick-charge point.
Peugeot ION Hatchback quality & reliability
Mitsubishi assembles the car for Peugeot in Japan alongside its own i-Miev, and the build quality seems solid enough. Reliability is an unknown quantity at this stage, but there ought to be few problems since electric cars are simpler than those with petrol or diesel engines. The cabin trim is durable, but it’s a distinctly dour and unappealing place to sit.
Peugeot ION Hatchback safety & security
While many cheap electric cars are classed as quadricycles, which means they don’t have to meet the crash standards of cars, the iOn has been put through the same crash tests as anything else in the manufacturer’s range and scored a four-star Euro NCAP rating. It has stability control, emergency brake assist and six airbags as standard.