Car Reviews Vauxhall Ampera electric/1 4 petrol The AA

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Modern, design inside and out Clever achieves excellent performance little effort Comfortable with respectable handling too economical and very low emissions low running costs


purchase price even government grant included two rear seats at launch three seat version is Touch pad controls on centre are sometimes fiddly to use Unusual operation cycle can be distracting

the most important car to come Vauxhall in decades, the Ampera is the mass-produced electric vehicle to from the firm but is also the so-called ‘range extender’ to come to market. This it a range equivalent to a conventional car and should result in a clear advantage.

Almost all the world’s car are either already producing or in the of developing electric cars as an to petrol and diesel power. As a of an industry-wide attempt to lower dioxide emissions, electric have the advantage of zero emissions with benefit to the and consumers alike. But the key problem electric vehicles is a lack of and Vauxhall’s Ampera employs new to address this problem.

As well as a typical battery and electric motor powertrain, the uses a 1.4-litre naturally petrol engine tuned for efficiency, and this dual allows it to operate in several modes, selected by the driver. In electric mode the petrol stays off and the Ampera can travel as far as 50 or more before the battery drained. At this time the engine kicks in and provides to batteries rather than the wheels.

In addition, the car can be switched to a mode in order to preserve the charge for zero emission or densely-trafficked areas which electric power better. control allows the driver scope to use the vehicle just any other car, and although the can be charged by plugging in it is not essential to a journey.

Although the use of a petrol engine mean that the Ampera can be zero emission for a limited of miles, the state of tune and the of operation means it is still clean, emitting 40g/km in mode. Despite the amount of the driver is still able to aboard and let the car control the power

Our verdict on the Vauxhall Ampera petrol

A remarkable car in many the Ampera succeeds in overcoming the key of range in a clever and efficient Perhaps more importantly is it is an impressive car in its own right with dynamics, attractive design and out and decent practicality. The biggest mark hangs over the but it does offer a unique for the moment.


Ignore the purchase for a moment and the Ampera should exceptionally low running costs. The low emissions means it qualifies for no excise duty or London charge as well as very low car tax. A long journey empties the petrol tank require refuelling but over journeys it is possible that the will not come in to play at while a battery charge the mains will cost no than £2.

Space and

The not-insubstantial mass of the battery is housed in a T-shaped area the rear seats, which the four seat layout is unusual for a car of this class. it does lend the Ampera a coupe-like feel as a result, and the two seat passengers fare as a result.

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Car safety

Any worries about the of a car with a number of batteries on can be dispelled: the Ampera is based a stiff structure designed to the batteries out of harm’s way and ensure the stay safe. Standard ESP and airbags are included too.


Opel Ampera Electric Cars

Anyone expecting big because of the Ampera’s drivetrain be pleasantly surprised by the driving Acceleration is more than whether on electric or petrol and although the engine revs regardless of what position the is in, in pure electric mode the operation is very satisfying.

Family car appeal

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Quality and image

Vauxhall has big strides in terms of quality and the continues the good work. The feels modern, stylish and with a high standard of The Ampera may well transcend the everyday image of Vauxhall of its exclusivity, clever technology and design.


With occupant having a door of own entry into the Ampera is despite the relatively low roof. The goes for the boot although it have a relatively high

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

The standard fit and navigation system has a large mounted on the top of the dashboard with a of touch pad buttons below. an almost completely flat and no delineation of each button, it can be to achieve the desired response time. The audio system is of quality however, and gives sound reproduction.

Recharging the Ampera is simple

and trim

With the unusual of the Ampera which includes detailing, a contrasting colour as white or silver works well. Body-coloured panel on the and flashes of bright trim the Ampera a bright and fresh to the interior and it has a premium feel as a

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