The electric car’s cause has been advanced a long way over the past few years by some innovative, desirable and genuinely usable cars, such as the BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf and latest Renault Zoe.

But regrettably, the Forfour Electric Drive isn’t a car to rank alongside those trailblazers.

Underwhelming electric makeover fails to improve a troubled city car

Its ambitions and capacities are clearly limited by its size and price; but even taking clear account of that, this car is a world away from the perfect downsized urban EV we’d hoped it might be.

The reasons for this are many – and lots of them aren’t particular to the electrically propelled version of the Forfour. The car’s ride and handling are plainly flawed even by city car standards, while its cabin is quite spacious but isn’t finished or equipped to a standard commensurate with its price, and its performance, although respectable, lacks the energetic thrust we’ve come to expect from the modern electric breed.

Combine all that with less than convincing cost-of-ownership and usability arguments and you end up struggling to find a really good reason to recommend this car.

Which is why we could only see the Forfour bettering the Peugeot iOn in our top five, but failing to keep hold of the tailcoats of the Volkswagen e-Up, Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.

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