Our Cars: Vauxhall Ampera - March
Final mileage 15,280
Driven this week 680
The Vauxhall Ampera has now left the What Car? long term fleet - read our Vauxhall Ampera farewell
Week ending March 1
Driven this week 400 miles
Vauxhall Ampera review
The cold weather has not flattered the Ampera. Although the ultra-smooth electric drive means that it never struggles to pull away in icy conditions, the lack of engine braking and the awkward transition between electric (regenerative) braking and the bite of the brake pads makes you concentrate very carefully when going down icy slopes.
Two other things that suffer in the cold weather are my hands, so I tend to wear gloves until the cabin warms up. Unfortunately, the touch-screen centre console, containing the controls to the fan, thermostat, front and rear screen heaters, seat heater, radio, sat-nav, only responds to bare fingers.
By Ed Keohane