Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING -

Base price: $35,000 (ish, de­pend­ing on mileage and age) Mileage so far: 1000km (36 per cent in EV mode) Pow­er­train and performance: 1.8-litre four with lithium-ion bat­tery pack and plug-in ca­pa­bil­ity, con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion, FWD. Av­er­age fuel econ­omy on test: 3.41 litres per 100km.

What have we done lately? Cou­ple of longer (100km-plus) mo­tor­way trips, ex­per­i­mented with how to max­imise elec­tric range by us­ing the EV/HV mode-selec­tor. Prob­lems so far: Faulty charg­ing ca­ble re­placed by Toy­ota, re­vers­ing cam­era went blank: quick-fix at deal­er­ship.

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