Review: Peugeot iOn (2011)
Fun to drive small electric town car. Has a 90-mile range. Fuel cost for 10,000 miles a mere £208.
£415 a month four year all-inclusive lease is expensive. Huge cost of replacement batteries effectively writes the cars off.
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Peugeot iOn (2011): At A Glance
- Insurance Group 28
Instead of selling its version of the Mitsubishi i-MIEV, Peugeot is offering it on a £415pm 4 year all inclusive lease only. This sounds dear until you add the cost of the fuel: just £210 for £10,000 miles compared to around£1,700 for a conventional car doing 30mpg.
What's the Peugeot iOn (2011) like to drive?
The batteries offer roughly a 90 mile maximum range in cities, without using the aircon. In slow, 10mph traffic this halves to 45 miles. And cruising at 72mph you should also get 45 miles. But be warned. Using the heater can absorb 45% of the battery charge and using the aircon up to 25%.
Home recharging through a special 16 amp fuse takes six hours to charge the battery fully. At Quickcharge roadside of filling station powerpoints, the battery can be charged 20% in 5 minutes. 50% takes 15 minutes, which might just be enough to get you home. 80% takes 30 minutes.
It’s immediately fun to drive with a very sprightly get up and go. The official 0-62mph is 15 seconds, but with no gears to go through it feels much faster than that and 20mph to 40 takes a mere 4.0 seconds. Top speed is an electrifying 81mph.
You don’t expect a tall and narrow car to handle well, but like the curiously addictive Daihatsu Move of many years ago, the centre of gravity is very low, mostly below floor level. So with a reasonably light driver is can be hustled through corners and around roundabouts with gusto.
There’s nothing wrong with the ride quality either because the villages I encountered had every kind of traffic calming measure known to the French, including humps, speed cushions, flower pot chicanes and cobbles.
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