“The two reasons we can see for buying one of these are to take advantage of parking and charging concessions that are still generous in the city, and to avoid both the need to buy fuel and to pay London’s £11.50-a-day congestion charge – a combination that could easily save you £100 a week. Parkinson believes green credentials and some serious money-saving will be enough to entice buyers away from better cars, and on the evidence of the e2o, he’s probably right.”
2016 Mahindra e2o TechX Test Drive Review
Autocar recently spent some time with the G-Wiz’s successor, the e20 – which was recently launched in UK.
It’s probably the smallest, or at least one of the smallest electric four seaters available for sale on the market today (Actual sales are limited to on-line purchases only).
Compared to the G-Wiz, the e2o is improved in nearly all aspects, from the design ergonomics, through performances and infotainment systems.
Around a 15.5 kWh battery provides roughly 60-80 miles of driving range.
Driving experience seems to be classed as good to “adequate“:
“On the road, the e2o is better described as adequate than good. Beyond 40mph, it is slow. In handling, it scores points for a spectacularly small turning circle and an agility brought about by its small dimensions (it’s similar in length to a Toyota Aygo, but taller) and the ride is fairly compliant and flat if you don’t go too fast.
The electric power steering is light to the heft but pretty dull, and although they’re safe enough, the brakes don’t have the energetic initial bite we’re used to in most small cars. The high but flat seats are almost without side support, so if you corner medium-hard, you’re not retained by them at all. Better not to corner medium-hard. And yet, there’s a cheeky simplicity about the car and a pleasure in slipping it easily into traffic gaps a Ford Fiesta driver could never consider.”
Autocar said that Mahindra e2o, with price of £12,995 (City trim) or £14,995 (trim TechX), can’t compete with other cars costing £13,000 to £16,000 on either a capability, or comfort basis.
But there is also good news for Mahindra’s outlook, savings on fuel for small conventional cars and avoiding congestion charges, could quickly change the situation, making the Mahindra e2o worth considering.