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by Richard Upton

Bought one of these second hand with 15,000 k on the clock. Very happy with this car. With day to day running about, including towing a trailer, I feel cheated if I get over 1.0 L/100 km. Usually get 0 – the challenge is to drive around without starting the ICE. I gets charged every night (10 amp charger supplied by dealer at no cost). 100% green power or my own solar if charging during the day. On longer trips, I have got 6.9 L/100 km towing a 7×4 cage trailer with no charge at the start. Worst I have seen was towing the trailer into a head wind – 9.8 L/100 km. All respectable numbers.

If your typical trip can’t be done mostly on EV, you will be missing most of the benefits, but will still have a pretty economical car for it’s size. I drive for maximum economy rather than performance, but it can move along quite nicely if it has too.

Very clever engineering in this car to optimise battery size, charging times, ICE engine size and cost.

It’s spacious and very smooth and quiet in electric mode. Once you drive EV, everything else seems like a combine harvester. Regenerative breaking is very easy to get used to, and it now seems strange (and wasteful) to drive a car without it.

4WD with diff lock will be used on occasional beach trips, where apparently the torque of the EV motors is handy.

The Aspire model has a lot of gadgets. It takes a while to learn what all the buttons are for. There is a phone app for controlling some features, including the charging – this is very handy.

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