The Dutch Toyota importer Louwman will sell the Microlino in the Netherlands. In this test of the Microlino you can read whether that is smart. We have already driven the rosy car and compare the Swiss with the other city cars in its segment. But its price makes a horse hiccup.
Microlino is a Swiss manufacturer of electric scooters and scooters and is the founder of this funny city cart. The design of the Microlino is clearly derived from the BMW Isetta - the classic city mini that the Munich brand pulled out of the doldrums in the 1950s. Microlino saw potential in the endearing design of the Isetta, gave it a modern look and equipped it with a 17 hp and 89 Nm electric motor. The result is a very cuddly electric dwarf car with a top speed of 90 km/h for a relatively affordable price.
If we compare the Microlino with other electric dwarfs such as the Renault Twizy, the Opel Rocks-e and the Birò, we certainly see opportunities for it. For example, you are not allowed to drive on the highway with the Opel and the Birò. This is possible with the most powerful version of the Renault Twizy, but due to the semi-open body and the limited range, the little Frenchman is actually not suitable for that. In the Microlino you are just as sheltered from the elements as in a traditional car.
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Getting in and out, on the other hand, is very different from what you are used to. Because just like the original from the fifties, the entire front functions as a gateway to the (double) interior. Then you have to squeeze past the steering column and drop onto the sliding two-seater bench. Finally, you can close the door with a leather loop on the cross bar of the dashboard. The interior offers space for two occupants up to about 1.95 meters tall. If you travel as a couple, you have to like each other, because it is difficult to distance yourself.
For this introduction we can drive the Competizione version of the Microlino, equipped with a 10.5 kW lithium-ion battery and a range of 177 kilometers. In terms of range, the Microlino will then compete with the Dacia Spring.
The two headrests and three-point seat belts are the only safety features. Because the Microlino, like quads, falls under the European L7e directive, ESP, airbags and other guardian angels are not mandatory. You may wonder how nice it feels to drive your Microlino between two big trucks on the right lane of the highway - even if that is allowed.
No, despite its top speed of 90 km/h and its rigid self-supporting body made of steel and aluminum, the motorway is not the Microlino's natural habitat. Up to speeds of around 70 km/h it is quite fun to travel with this moving bouncy ball. It accelerates smoothly and you get a lot of attention.
Above that, things become a bit more difficult and it becomes difficult to enjoy all the attention. Your ears fill with an overdose of turbine-like noise as you have your hands full keeping the Microlino on track. Due to the short wheelbase, the straight-line stability is nothing to write home about.
Enough laughing. If you look at the price of the Microlino, the fun is over. It costs 17,990 euros and you get the most economical version, which only goes 91 kilometers on a battery charge! For an extra 2,000 euros you get a larger battery, increasing the range to 177 kilometers. If you want to travel 230 kilometers, you have to pay another 1500 euros. The price has now risen to 21,490 euros. Apart from 300 euros, it is just as expensive as a Dacia Spring. It is feared that the car is mainly used by Wassenaar women who drive to Hotel Des Indes for a high tea, or by spoiled young people from Bloemendaal as a gift for obtaining their driving license.
So stay in the built-up area. There you can easily stick your funny retro mobile (length 2.52 meters) into the smallest parking space and you have more claim than a photo model with a killer body walking a cute puppy. Apparently many people like that, because Microlino says it has already booked 30,000 orders...
This post was last modified on November 9, 2023 11:01 am
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