2016 Toyota Mirai Review –

The Toyota Mirai is a quiet, comfortable and very inexpensive vehicle to operate. There is a long list of various standard equipment that comes with it as well. The instant torque of the electric motor means it offers plenty of punch for overtaking. However, it is still quite difficult to recommend purchasing one, since there are very few filling stations available that will meet the specific circumstances for buyers to be able to run one of these vehicles. Even then they will pay dearly for the privilege. At this time, we simply cannot recommend purchasing one. However, we do applaud Toyota for offering the future in 2016 to the marketplace.

The Toyota Mirai is among the first of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being offered for sale in the UK. Mirai is the Japanese word for ‘future.’ It is all part of the auto maker’s plan for forging ahead by offering alternative fuels as soon as they can.

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It is hydrogen in this case, which has the great advantage of being available at fuel stations in pressurised form just like diesel or petrol. That means that although an electric motor powers the Mirai, you have the ability to top it up in a couple of minutes just like a regular car. Its range is similar as well, at about 300 miles.

– Is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle really some you can live with?

Electricity is generated by the fuel cell through mixing oxygen and hydrogen and storing it inside the battery. The motor is powered like all of the other Toyota hybrids. What that means is that the only emission coming out of the tailpipe is water. Water is periodically purged from the system. There is even a button located on the dash, for getting rid of it whenever you want to. You just need to be sure it isn’t released right when you get home and are pulling into your garage.

The electric motor offers 335Nm and 152bhp of torque. However, the bulky motor, fuel cell, and batteries result in the car weighing around 1,850kg. This results in a top speed of 111 mph and 0 to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds. However, don’t let those figures fool you. The instant torque off of the line means that the Mirai feels plenty fast enough.

– Best electric cars currently on sale

In corners, the weight can be a problem, and the Mirai feels quite hefty there. It isn’t bad at all to drive. However, the hydrogen Toyota is best suited for motorways journeys and town driving rather than on twisting country roads. Its soft suspension does best on a route that is more relaxed.

Up front, the centre console unit, dashboard and steering wheel all feel like they are built well. However, the small buttons and touch interface are fiddly to use while on the move. We prefer to have an interface that is more logical. However, it’s quite a small niggle in all honesty.

That said, the biggest problem for Mirai comes when its rivals are considered. Nearly every car that is about the same size is a lot less expensive to purchase compared to the Toyota, with its £66,000 list price. That is more than twice what a rival car will cost, making any running cost savings practically negligible. If your purchasing decision is focused on the bottom line, then really it is impossible for us to recommend this expensive car to you. However, a proposed (but as yet unconfirmed) Government grant may result in a several thousand pound price reduction.

Even those people who are considering purchasing the car for its green credentials may need to think twice. Most hydrogen fuel is currently produced through using fossil fuels. This makes its claim of water-only coming out of the tailpipe somewhat questionable and you could also ask yourself if how the Toyota will fit into the quality used car market.

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NEC Classic Car Show – (small!) Gallery

I’m including just a small gallery for now as we’re currently in the process of moving to a new web hosting service, to allow us to better expand the site going forwards. This should hopefully be completed over the next few days and other than being a bit faster, you should not notice anything change and you will still be able to find us at the same address. Once that’s done, I’m hoping to get a small write-up and gallery posted up for each car on the stand.

 

The NEC show as always was a fantastic one, with us again being fortunate enough to have our stand right next to the live stage. There was a huge amount of interest in the cars, with us having a very diverse selection of Toyotas squeezed into just a 5 car stand.

Many thanks to those who supported the stand across the show weekend.

 

 

 

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Jari-Matti Latvala | Toyota Supra

Jari-Matti Latvala | Toyota Supra
With the arrival of the new Toyota Supra imminent, we gathered seven of the world’s very best drivers from a variety of disciplines to put the legend through its paces.

In this film, Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Championship driver Jari-Matti Latvala relishes the opportunity to experience the raw power of the new Supra on track.

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Abbie Eaton | Toyota Supra

Abbie Eaton | Toyota Supra
With the arrival of the new Toyota Supra imminent, we gathered seven of the world’s very best drivers from a variety of disciplines to put the legend through its paces.

In this film, racer Abbie Eaton shares her thoughts on the return of the legend and how it feels on the track.

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Fredric Aasbø | Toyota Supra

Fredric Aasbø | Toyota Supra
With the arrival of the new Toyota Supra imminent, we gathered seven of the world’s very best drivers from a variety of disciplines to put the legend through its paces.

In this film, Formula Drift champion Fredric Aasbø tells us what it means to finally get behind the wheel of the Supra he’s been waiting to experience for over a decade.

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Fredric Aasbø | Toyota Supra

Fredric Aasbø | Toyota Supra
With the arrival of the new Toyota Supra imminent, we gathered seven of the world’s very best drivers from a variety of disciplines to put the legend through its paces.

In this film, Formula Drift champion Fredric Aasbø tells us what it means to finally get behind the wheel of the Supra he’s been waiting to experience for over a decade.

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Coming up – NEC Classic Motor Show

As we near the end of the show season, excitement is once again starting to build for the NEC Classic Motor Show, one of the largest classic car club gatherings in the world.

 

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Link to club event with more details and location

2018 is set to be the show’s biggest yet, with over 3000 classic vehicles on show from over 300 clubs, alongside the massive autojumble and trade stand area and live stage – all spread across an area roughly the size of 18 football pitches.

This year’s theme is “Built to last,” and if there is one thing Toyotas are known for the world over it is their legendary reliability and longevity, so the theme could not be more fitting. The club has been granted space for a 5 car stand, and will be showcasing some iconic cars spanning 4 decades of Toyota’s history:

  • 1982 Starlet
  • 1986 Celica Gen 4
  • 1973 Crown Custom Estate
  • 1997 Celica GT Four
  • 1969 2000GT

We look forward to seeing you there, and to sharing your Toyota stories and answering any questions about the cars. If you can’t make it to the show, we will be running live social media across the 3 days and will be posting picture galleries after the show has ended.

 

For now, here are a couple of pictures of last year’s stand for you to enjoy.

 

NEC 2017 TEC Stand.
NEC 2017 TEC Stand.
NEC 2017 TEC Stand.
NEC 2017 TEC Stand.
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For The Feeling | Toyota Supra

For The Feeling | Toyota Supra
With the arrival of the new Toyota Supra imminent, we gathered seven of the world’s very best drivers from a variety of disciplines to put the legend through its paces.

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The All New Toyota Corolla | Arriving 2019

The All New Toyota Corolla | Arriving 2019
The All New Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Corolla Touring Sports will arrive in the UK early 2019. Among the options will be a new 2.0-litre self-charging hybrid engine, which offers a more energised drive, while retaining all the benefits of Toyota’s class-leading hybrid technology.

Find out more about the new Toyota Corolla here: http://blog.toyota.co.uk/introducing-the-new-2019-toyota-corolla

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The All New Toyota Corolla | Arriving 2019

The All New Toyota Corolla | Arriving 2019
The All New Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Corolla Touring Sports will arrive in the UK early 2019. Among the options will be a new 2.0-litre self-charging hybrid engine, which offers a more energised drive, while retaining all the benefits of Toyota’s class-leading hybrid technology.

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The Evolution of the Supra Legend

The Evolution of the Supra Legend
From the luxurious grand tourer of the ’70s, through to the uncompromising sports car of the ’90s, the evolution of the Supra’s legendary A chassis code now continues with the new Toyota Supra A90. Our purest driver’s car yet.

Don’t miss the chance to reserve your Supra: https://www.toyota.co.uk/world-of-toyota/toyota-gazoo-racing/newtoyotasupra

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