Autocar Reviews 2015 Toyota Mirai
Autocar prepared a short review of the Toyota Mirai, which will enter the European market in September. The article begins with the question “does it make sense?“, but there is no answer.
As we already found from other sources, interior quality stands at higher level than in Prius.
“The surface quality of the plastics seems higher than that which you’ll find in the Prius and the large central touchscreen feels right when you’re seated in the car, even if it looks odd in photographs.”
The Mirai with 113 kW / 335 Nm electric motor drives like other electric cars with smooth and silent acceleration, although you can feel its weight of over 4,000 lbs (1,800 kg).
“For a keen driver that is the problem with many of the new breed of electrically driven cars. Unsurprisingly, they all have a similar character.
They all have very smooth and almost silent drivetrains, a substantial chunk of torque from standstill and pretty brisk acceleration up to the 50-60mph mark. It’s not that these cars are characterless, more that they are all surprisingly similar to pilot.
The Mirai is no different. On the brief drive we had in a production version of the car, it was everything mentioned above. It did, perhaps, feel its weight a little (the torque and power figures are on the low side for a car weighing over 1.8 tonnes), but it felt well pinned down and rode well on Japanese roads.
The low-down weight (the Mirai is well-balanced front-to-rear) does give the car a little bit more agility than you might expect and it is keen to respond to inputs at the wheel.”
Autocar notes that the Mirai is a huge technological achievement of practical, useable series-production hydrogen fuel cell car, but on the market it would be nothing more than just a competent car.
At price of £56,000 in UK ($83,000) it will not be easy to convince customers to go for this hydrogen car.