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Vauxhall Ampera

  • tick85 per cent of daily UK commutes fall within its electric range
  • tickIt can go beyond the limited electric charging infrastructure
  • tickIt’s good to drive

Vauxhall Ampera Hatchback (2012 - 2016) MK 1

The Vauxhall Ampera can manage 85 per cent of UK commutes with zero emissions and zero fuel consumption and then switch to petrol power for longer trips. But, it is pricey and you’ll need a suitable home or place of work to charge it up regularly.
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The steering wheel is familiar and this is a Vauxhall, but it’s not a Vauxhall as we know it: the dash-mounted touch-screen display looks more prominent and jutting, but it’s the complete lack of gauges which grabs your attention. Instead, there’s just a very black space – at least until you turn the ignition and the Ampera’s animated instruments spring into action, accompanied by the sound of a Star Wars Speeder Bike powering up. There’s an incredible amount of well-presented information on tap, focussed around an ‘energy ball’. Drive as economically as possible and this stays green and central in its gauge. Accelerate or brake too hard and it will turn orange and sink or rise accordingly to softly point out the error of your ways. Interior quality is good, with colour-coded door cards and a multi-layered dash adding to the Ampera’s contemporary feel. However, it struggles to match the quality of conventional models from BMW, Mercedes and Audi at a similar price.

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