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Fisker Karma reviewed

is it? The term all-new is probably one of the overused in the car business, but in the case of the Karma it truly applies. Not is the Karma a new luxury GT from a new but it uses an innovative new petrol-electric

Fisker Automotive – led by former Martin design chief Fisker – describes the Karma as an vehicle with extended because it’s always by a pair of electric motors, but has a turbocharged engine that as a generator when the batteries run Vauxhall’s Ampera. which on sale next April, a similar system.

The Karma can be from a conventional socket at in around five and a half and can then drive for up to 50 miles on power alone. For some this will be plenty, but if you to go farther or have to make an trip when the batteries charged, the petrol engine into play, allowing you to an extra 250 miles before you to stop for fuel.

The Karma gets around the problem that has traditionally electric cars, then, and it doesn’t offer zero it’s still very assuming the electricity that into the batteries wasn’t by a coal-fired power station. reckons it averages over and emits just 82g/km of

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it like to drive? In many it’s like driving a automatic car because there are no to worry about. You simply a button on the centre console to Drive, and the car moves off quietly – so in fact, that Fisker the need to develop a special external noise to warn that it is approaching.

The Karma is easy to drive in slow-moving traffic. Yet its two electric combine to produce a massive ft of torque that’s available standstill, so pick-up is strong and when you put your foot

Even when the Karma is in its mode it can get from 0-62mph in than eight seconds and a top speed of 95mph. Switch to which starts the petrol and the 0-62mph time is cut to just 5.9 while top speed increases to

Given that the Karma on 22-inch wheels, you might its ride to be terrible. However, the tyres that are fitted reasonably deep sidewalls offer some compliancy. The car is pretty firm at low speed, but the is always well controlled, and it better the faster you go.

The handling also impresses, the Karma hangs on well in for such a big, heavy and has steering that’s both and nicely weighted.

Refinement is of a mixed bag. The Karma is at shutting out wind noise, and its motor never emits more than a faint but road noise intrudes coarse surfaces.

Then the petrol engine, which very noisy under gentle acceleration. Fisker the exhaust system that is on the car, and says it is working on a fix will be ready before the end of the This will be retro-fitted to sold with the existing

What’s it like inside? uses recycled wood in the and offers the option of an ‘animal-free’ with no leather. However, eco measures don’t stop the from feeling like a product: it’s well and trimmed with mostly quality materials.

A large infotainment system with on-screen graphics adds to the of quality. It’s just a the system isn’t as responsive as it be – you sometimes have to stab the more than once they respond.

Most will be able to find a driving position because plenty of head- and legroom and a decent range of seat- and wheel adjustment. Unfortunately, the is available in left-hand drive only, and rear headroom is due to the car’s dramatic, sweeping – anyone over 5ft 10in have to slouch in their

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The batteries run down the spine of the too, so the Karma is strictly a You also have to be quite to get into the back because a wide sill to step and the door openings are awkwardly

The Karma’s boot is small, you can squeeze in a couple of golf or enough luggage for a weekend

Should I buy one?

Buying a is obviously a risk because an expensive car that features technology and is made by a company no pedigree.

The lack of a right-hand option is also an issue for UK However, there’s a lot to like: the looks incredible, seems engineered and offers efficiency that no rival can get close to.

If you’re after a luxurious yet car, and Fisker manages to the refinement of the petrol engine as the Karma will definitely be considering.

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