Are you looking for an electric city car with which you can outrun everyone and also look good? Fiat, Honda and Mini are happy to sell you such an emission-free charmer. But if you often make longer journeys, you should definitely not opt for the Honda E or Mini Electric. The Fiat 500e is then the better choice.
Electric city cars do not have to have a large battery pack. It is often a second car with which short journeys are made at economical speeds, so you are back home before the battery is empty. If you were to crank up a car with a combustion engine for those short distances, you would continue to heat up the engine block and you would be shocked by the fuel consumption. Filling the tank also costs the absolute top prize. Driving on electricity is much cheaper – even if you always use public charging stations. But do you prefer to do that with a Fiat 500e, a Honda E or a Mini Electric?
Fiat 500e is least powerful, but can keep up well
Everything used to be simpler: you smoked in the back of the plane and with cars you stared blindly at the horsepower. With electric cars, the power is less important. For example, the Fiat 500e with only 118 hp can keep up with the Honda E Advance (154 hp) and the even more powerful Mini Electric (184 hp). In the city, the stubborn Italian is only 0.3 seconds slower on the sprint from red traffic light to 50 km/h. The standard sprint takes 8.4 seconds, which is also only slightly slower than the Japanese (7.9 seconds) and the Brit (6.9 seconds).
Mini Electric and Honda e with disappointing range
Even more important than the sprint figures are the range figures. With an average test consumption of 15.6 kWh/100 km, the Mini Electric can travel 185 kilometers on a battery charge. It fast-charging with up to 50 kW, making long highway trips with repeated charging a time-consuming undertaking. With the Honda E you are on the road even longer, because although it also supports fast charging with 50 kW, in practice you only get 30 to 40 kW. And so you have to wait longer for a ‘full’ battery. In addition, the Honda E consumes a lot of power above average. We arrive at 19.1 kWh/100 km, which means a realistic range of 180 kilometers. So the Mini Electric squeezes more miles out of a smaller battery (28.9 versus 34.4 kWh).
The Fiat 500e is best suited for longer journeys. It has both the largest battery pack and the largest range (37 kWh net, 237 km) and it can charge quickly with a maximum of 85 kW. It is also just as economical as the Mini Electric.
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The best driving compact EV is definitely the Mini Electric
The best driving electric city car is without a doubt the Mini. The brand is known for its sporty driving characteristics and the electric version does not disappoint. Although it is 170 kilos heavier than a conventional 3-door Mini, with a mass of 1394 kilos it is still quite light. The Mini Electric maneuvers briskly through bends and provides its driver with clear feedback. And half a word is enough for him, in other words you don’t have to turn the steering wheel far. It is therefore logical that the Mini clocks the highest cornering speeds. That the 146 kilo heavier Honda E sets a faster lap time is not logical. That’s because the front-wheel drive Mini sometimes has too little traction.
The Honda E may have rear-wheel drive, but it’s no traction king. Especially in tight corners, he sometimes wants to be theatrical. Given the fast lap time, it’s strange that the Honda zigzags through the cones so slowly, but that’s the fault of the strict ESP and the wide steering angles. He takes revenge on the braking test.
The brakes are the weak point of the Fiat 500e
In the Fiat 500e, the ESP is eating out of its nose most of the time, because it has nothing to do. That’s how good the traction and steering are. The Fiat knows how to transfer its electric horsepower to the asphalt better. He only knows understeer from hearsay. The braking system is its Achilles heel. When the brakes are cold and you make an emergency stop at 100 km/h, the test car bridges 36.0 meters. Warmed up, we even measure 36.7 meters. He leaves points there.
How comfortable is this electric trio and what do we think of the price? Read the full test Auto Review 8.
Source: Autoreview.nl by www.autoreview.nl.
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