Car review Vauxhall Ampera verdict BBC Top Gear

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Moves the fuel game along in a practical way. If only it cheaper.

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Vauxhall’s futuristic plug-in sister car to the Chevrolet Volt. tar it with the same brush as the Prius and other existing that off er negligible benefits, as the moves the game along further. It has a 1.4-litre petrol as well as an electric motor and an generator, all scrunched in underneath the

Juice it up from the mains and it travel for up to 50 miles on electricity then you’ve got the petrol to make up the difference.


The of any sort of engine noise is the obvious thing. The Ampera a fake charging up noise you push the starter button and an silly powering down when you turn it off, but about all you ever hear.

The steering isn’t brimming feedback but it’s accurate and the Vauxhall is exceptionally refined and There’s a lot more power you’d expect, too, as the and electric motor/generator develop in total, but it’s the torque the most significant thing. 273lb ft on tap, the Ampera is quite potent, especially the off, and there’s no need to the revs up to reach peak power.

It’s good for in nine seconds flat, and even a decent amount of when you’re travelling at speeds. When the motor up the ghost and you switch to petrol it’s all very seamless, and have a job to notice a difference if it for the digital display.

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On the inside

There’s a surprising of room inside the Ampera all the technology tucked away and the fact that it’s a Leg- and headroom are generous, and the central tunnel created by the lay-out is actually quite for leaning purposes. A 300-litre isn’t class-leading but it’s not bad for a car all the extra drivetrain and battery like this.

The centre console is quite it’s made up of a fl at, touchscreen-style It works well enough but a bit gimmicky and unusual.


The to the Ampera is its price an eye-watering after the government’s £5,000 car grant. That’s a heck of a lot for a car of this size, but official EU tests suggest you’ll get that’s accounting for the time on electricity alone and using the engine. Blimey.

As for residual values, they’re out to tender for alternative fuel but if the Prius is anything to go by, it’s promising. Indeed, this and the Chevrolet Volt were jointly voted European Car of the last year.

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