2012 Vauxhall Ampera review What Car?

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2012 Vauxhall Ampera

We’ve driven the Vauxhall before, but this is the first we’ve tried a right-hand-drive

So what is the Ampera? Basically, an electric car (or EV) with a back-up for when its batteries run flat.

As most electric cars, you can the Ampera’s battery pack by it into a domestic socket, which a full charge around six hours. Then, on your driving style a few other factors), you’ll be to travel around 35 miles on electric power.

Where the differs from other is that its electric motor is up by a 1.4-litre ‘range-extending’ petrol This continues to provide the with a source of electricity the batteries run out of charge, which you won’t be left high and dry you need to tackle a long In fact, you can keep going for as as there’s petrol in the tank.

What’s the 2012 Vauxhall like to drive?

The first that strikes you is how quiet the is. You barely hear a peep the motor in full electric and? things remain even when the petrol is running – as long as you avoid acceleration.

Road noise is isolated, too, which make the Ampera a refined There is some wind but it’s noticeable only there’s so little sound elsewhere.

The good news doesn’t end because the Ampera is also a flexible performer. The electric delivers its full 273lb ft of from zero revs, so the is instantaneous and you’re never short of oomph.

The regenerative do take some getting to, though, because the amount of force doesn’t directly with how hard you press the pedal. The steering is also around the straight-ahead, although it is and accurate otherwise.

There’s a amount of body lean in but the Ampera does a good job of up bumps and potholes when travelling at more than The ride is more jittery at low though, and the low-hanging front is a nuisance because it catches on every speed bump.

What’s the 2012 Vauxhall like to drive?

The cabin has suitably high-tech features, a display detailing your consumption.

However, the rest of the is a bit of a mess, because it’s with touch-sensitive markings than conventional buttons), are difficult to hit at a glance and often to respond. The hard cabin aren’t particularly classy, but they look smart and solid.

There’s loads of in the seat and steering wheel, so easy to get comfortable. However, visibility is poor; the thick pillars restrict your at junctions and roundabouts, and the small screen means you’d be without the standard-fit parking

There are only two seats in the but they are surrounded by plenty of and legroom, so four adults can in comfort. The boot is roughly the size as that of a Ford .

Even the entry-level Positiv gets plenty of standard including heated leather climate and cruise control, a USB and eight airbags. Electron add satellite-navigation, a Bose stereo and a 30GB hard drive for your music on.

Should I buy

If you like the idea of owning an car, but your life regimented enough to accommodate the range that accompanies then Vauxhall’s new range-extender be the answer. It offers all the usual of an EV over short distances, but limited to such a feeble

Granted, it’s not cheap have to stump up at least even after you’ve in the Government’s £5000 electric car but if you mostly stick within the electric range you’ll a fortune in fuel. If you’re a car driver you’ll also pay car tax at a rate of just 5% – half of the cleanest conventional petrol

You needn’t worry about the unorthodox mechanics, either, it comes with a 100,000-mile warranty, while the battery is by a separate eight-year warranty.

said, if you mainly do long the Ampera probably isn’t for In range-extending mode we managed 34.9mpg, so buying one only sense if most of your can be covered off in pure electric


If that’s the case, only one big block remains: the fact the Ampera costs a whopping more than the virtually Chevrolet Volt .

What says…

Will Nightingale

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