Where the Mirai really scores is in the marvellous smoothness and quietness of its powertrain. That’s aided by a very pleasant interior, including a 12.3in infotainment touchscreen that features plenty of actual buttons, a quality JBL sound system and a decent head-up display.
A filter in the Mirai’s air intake serves as a purifier, capturing SO2, NOx and PM2.5 as they head to the fuel cell stack. A nifty graphic even shows you how much air you’ve purified on your trip to make you feel all green and wholesome
Of course, regardless of the styling, ride and interior, you’re unlikely to buy an FCEV without considering all of the factors involved in owning one, chiefly that they’re quite expensive and the charging infrastructure in the UK is minimal. The Mirai may be able to do 400 emission-free miles on a full tank of hydrogen, but there are still only a handful of places in this country where you can fill that tank.
Progress has been made when it comes to the price: at £49,995 for the entry-level model (our top-spec Design Premium Pack test car is £64,995), the Mk2 Mirai is fully £10,000 cheaper than the original, despite being substantially improved in almost every aspect. Business contract rates, including servicing, start at £435 per month for the entry-level Design trim – a whole £300 per month cheaper than the old car.
While that’s a substantial cost reduction, that still puts the Mirai out of reach for many. Toyota is expecting a substantial increase in sales due to the lower price, but the vast bulk are again likely to be sold to fleets that operate in areas near refuelling stations (expect to see a lot being used as private hire cars on airport runs to Heathrow, with its handy hydogen fuelling station).