Toyota Mirai review

Category: Electric car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:electric
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Introduction

What Car? says...

"Hello, and welcome to the future... the Toyota Mirai," as Peter Snow might say on Tomorrow's World (although here you’ll have to settle for us doing it instead). 

It really is like something from the future, too. You see, while you can get plenty of zero tailpipe emissions cars that use electric motors to drive the wheels – the Tesla Model 3, for example – the Mirai is from a rarer class altogether: it's a fuel cell vehicle.

So how is that different? Well, the power to drive its motor comes from a chemical reaction between the supply of hydrogen fuel stored in a tank at the back (or, in the case of the Mirai, three tanks) and oxygen from the air.

Once you've found somewhere to fill up, refuelling takes a matter of minutes, so there's none of the waiting around for it charge up you get with an electric car (which can take the best part of an hour, even with a rapid charger). The Mirai's large fuel storage capacity mean it can travel further between top-ups than almost every electric car on sale.

It's based on a shortened version of the Lexus LS platform, making this current car a lot sleeker than its rather frumpy predecessor. Combined with its rear-wheel drive set-up, that should give it greater dynamism than its lone fuel-cell car rival, the Hyundai Nexo.

To find out whether the Toyota Mirai might have a place in your future, read on through this in-depth review. We'll tell you about its performance, comfort, running costs and more, and compare it with possible alternatives, including the Tesla Model 3 and the BMW 5 Series, which is available as a plug-in hybrid.

Remember, when you are ready to buy a new car – regardless of the make, model and whether it's powered by petrol, diesel, electric or even hydrogen – you can save thousands of pounds by finding the best prices by going to our free What Car? New Car Buying service, where you'll find some Toyota Mirai Deals.

At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? electric
Avaliable doors options4
Warranty5 years / 100000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£0 / £0
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£0 / £0

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