Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MITSUBISHI I-MieV

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MITSUBISHI I-MieV

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Byline: Giles Blair

CONVENTIONAL motoring wisdom says electric vehicles are only good for city driving and look boring. But a drive in the Mitsubishi i-MiEV quickly proved such thinking to be wrong.

The car's steeply-raked, funky face features nice curves and circular lights in inverted teardrop housing.

The rear continues the curvaceous theme, while the pillars house large, attractive tail lights.

This model also had a sporty roof spoiler. And if you want to turn heads, you can personalise the car with a choice of 10 graphic designs.

The interior finish features durable black plastics with silver accents and the dash has a simple layout with easy-to-use air con controls.

Again, owners have a range of options to personalise the interior, including leather seating and a variety of trim colours.

The driver info binnacle is easy to understand and features a neat energy use indicator, which encourages sensible driving to increase the distance the battery will take you. Visibility is very good from the high seating position - a real boon when dancing through city traffic, where the car's agility comes into its own.

There is plenty of adjustment for comfort on the supportive, fabric seats and ample leg and head room for four adults.

The cabin has lots of stowage options and the 235-litre boot will easily hold a week's shopping or a suitcase or two.

Fold the 50/50-split rear seats flat and you've got 860 litres of practical space.

There are also automatic lights, 15in alloy wheels, electric windows, electric, heated and folding mirrors, and a radio/CD player, with the option of a multimedia system with Bluetooth, iPod connection and rear view camera.

Safety features include a range of airbags, ABS, EBD, a brake assist system for emergency stops and Mitsubishi's Active Stability and Traction Control system.

The car drives like an automatic - but without the jolts caused by gear changes. …

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