I've just reluctantly returned the keys to my loan electric car for the weekend, NICE's Mega City. Tomorrow brings cheer, however, as I'll be driving the whizziest, latest version of its rival, the long-standing G-Wiz. For a proper comparison of the two, and a round-up of cash-saving bonuses like no congestion charge, keep an eye on Newconsumer.tv. In the meantime, please let me know if you've tried either, and read on for my initial brain-dump thoughts on the Mega City.
- a lot of fun, and very similar to the G-Wiz in terms of driving experience
- limited view in rear mirror - if you're 5 ft 9in or taller
- good boot space, we got a monthly shop in, with 8-odd canvas bags, and it didn't slow us down, despite my fears
- it was limited to 20mph going up Denmark Hill from Kings hospital - bit embarrassing
- out of the two performance modes, 'lo power' is fine for congested traffic and 10mph driving
- the boot and badge feel very plasticky and cheap and flimsy, as do the seat rail adjusters inside car
- it took 3 hours to top up 3 bars, so it's really a case of overnight charging. I also realised how tricky it is to charge without a driveway because you can't rightly run an extension cord over the pavement
- it's virtually silent when on - like a fridge that's not having to work hard
- no power steering, so have to work the steering wheel
- fits into virtually any parking space because of size, though because of no power steering, you're working that wheel...
- steering is fine
- kinda limiting having only two seats - this is for very specific lifestyles only, and is really aimed at people considering a second car
- the battery offers plenty of initial acceleration when you put your foot down