Tests of two of the latest electrified cars have yielded strong results; with the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV car achieving five stars while BMW’s new fully electric i3 scored a four stars.
While on the face of it, that leaves the BMW i3 behind its rival, the Nissan LEAF which has a five star safety rating awarded in 2012, the i3 has been tested by 2013’s stricter test standard, which places greater importance on pedestrian safety, child safety and driver assistance systems.
Meanwhile Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid becomes unrivalled in its field, not just for earning top marks in its safety test but for becoming the first plug-in hybrid SUV on the market when it arrives in the UK next year. Only the Lexus RX 450h, an non-rechargeable hybrid car, competes in the same market segment and has not been tested by Euro NCAP.
With a multitude of cars receiving five stars, Euro NCAP decided to tighten the criteria at the start of the year to help identify the very best.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV being tested
BMW’s new four star i3 goes on sale in the UK this month. The carmaker’s first fully electric car, the £28,680 four-seat car features an all-electric range of between 80 –100 miles in everyday driving but can also be bought as a range-extended model, with a small petrol engine to boost the range to around 180 miles.
Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV won’t arrive in the UK until next March but when it does it will offer a total driving range of up to 524 miles and a fully-electric range of 32 miles. Fuel economy is expected to be in the region of 147.8mpg while emissions for this four-wheel drive model will stand at just 44g/km CO2 emissions.
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