Vauxhall Ampera review (2012 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Vauxhall Ampera review onwards)

What — Ampera

Where — The

Price — £28,950 £5,000 government grant

— April 2012

— Intelligent electric car Vauxhall that’s easy to with and won’t leave you


Where to start? electric car from Vauxhall is twist on alternative power for the car. It combines batteries a petrol engine to give an range, with none of the moments you might get with a electric car like the Nissan

So it’s just like a hybrid then? Actually, not at The Ampera gets recharged at the office, even from points in the street.

The four-hour gives a range of up to 50 miles.

is then exclusively electric the battery is exhausted and the petrol takes over. In the Prius and petrol power work Also, unlike the Prius, the petrol engine (almost) drives the wheels directly.

Instead, the engine powers a which then provides the to the motor — which the wheels. With me so far?

The of all this is that the Ampera spend 80%-90% of its life as a pure electric car, but if you to go distances the engine is there to you with a 300-mile range the next visit to a petrol


Thus the Vauxhall around the issue that fully electric cars the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi — what happens the battery goes flat? Nissan and Mitsubishi have to be that’s what.)

The Ampera is a version of the American Chevrolet mechanically the same but with a body style that we dramatic and attractive.

It’s expensive for a car that in size some way between an and Insignia, starting at £28,995 it goes on sale in April and that’s after a £5,000 grant.

Look at it another though, and there’s always a buying into brand new There are financial advantages Zero road tax and London charge to start with.

there are the running costs. On power these are perhaps than half those of a car, though of course advantage disappears once the has been used up. Finally is a 50% discount on benefit-in-kind company car

Vauxhall backs up its electric car an eight-year guarantee on the battery, the rest covered by the same warranty’ it offers on all its cars.


Punchy best the Ampera in battery mode. It with real enthusiasm rest and is as good as anything in situations.

On open roads and motorways the performance is just fine maintaining normal cruising with the traffic and still speed when you need it at the of the accelerator.

There are a number of available. ‘Normal’ is the default ‘Sport’ alters the sensitivity of the pedal. ‘Hold’ switches to power so you have some charge left for later.

‘Mountain’ needs selecting 15 before you get to very steep because time is needed to add additional charge in order to extra oomph.

And despite the picture of drive always electric, at times of high demand, the petrol engine drive the wheels through a gear process.

When the is flat there’s a seamless to the petrol engine. It’s than on electric power but not intrusively, and on the level roads in the it did the job.

Ride and handling

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Inside the electric Vauxhall is as as the exterior. The key displays are two seven-inch while all the ‘buttons’ on the centre are actually touch-sensitive switches.

The graphic display behind the comprises speed, driving battery state of charge, driving range, fuel and extended driving range, and information.

The second display in the of the fascia can be switched between sound system, climate and displays that relate to the consumption. It all looks sufficiently

On to more everyday aspects. The has batteries running up the centre of the car the result that it is only a seater. With the leather the seats provide great support and comfort.

Space in the rear is fair, on a par an Astra hatch, though the roofline results in cushions are set too low for adequate under-thigh support. OK for trips, but probably inadequate for hours.

More space is by control gear under the floor, so the luggage area is with just a flimsy of netting to keep out prying The backrests fold forward to the space.

Economy and safety

Plug the Ampera into the mains supply and it will roughly £1 for a full charge, for 40 miles in our experience, perhaps if you are careful.

Compare that a price of a gallon of diesel and the fuel costs are slashed. But the battery is depleted the 1.4-litre engine cuts in automatically and then the equation won’t nearly so attractive.

Remember, the petrol engine recharge the battery, like it in a Prius. On the other hand, you can drive a mile in a Prius on power alone. Even the plug-in Prius has a range of a dozen miles.

There are no crash test results as but the Ampera is filled with and we suspect it will turn in a result.

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