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For The Vauxhall Ampera is a brilliant solution to eco-friendly motoring. It’s amazingly efficient, it eliminates range anxiety, and it’s comfortable and relaxing to drive.

Against It’s far from cheap to buy, and there’s huge uncertainty over its residual values. The cabin plastics aren’t particularly appealing and rear visibility is rubbish.

Vauxhall Ampera Hatchback
33 5stars

The Vauxhall Ampera gives all the benefits of an electric car, but with none of the drawbacks, says Vauxhall. For the most part, they’re right.

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There are 2 Vauxhall Ampera versions available

Hatchback 16kWh Positiv 5dr £33,750
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 16kWh Electron 5dr £35,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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The Vauxhall Ampera provides a clever solution to eco-friendly motoring, because it runs permanently on its electric motor, and only uses its petrol engine as a backup generator when the battery gets low. That makes it an EV without those dreaded range anxiety issues.

It’ll cost you a pittance to run. You won’t use a drop of petrol all the time you’re in EV mode, and even if you regularly rely on the intervention of the petrol engine, fuel consumption is very lean. You’ll pay no road tax or congestion charge and you only pay company car tax on 5% of its value.

There are three trims to choose from - the basic one comes with plenty of kit, so stick with that. It’s still not cheap to buy, though, even after the £5000 Government grant you get towards it. There’s uncertainty over residual values, too. Still, it comes with Vauxhall’s 100,000-mile unlimited-period coverage, while the battery is covered by a separate eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

Reader test team says:

Vauxhall Ampera Hatchback 16kWh Positiv 5dr

As a post script to my earlier review, written quite a few months back, this continues to be an excellent car. I've read the WhatCar review, which…

John Bevan

5 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Ampera Hatchback 16kWh Electron 5dr

I got the Ampera as a company car - it makes sense - you only pay 5% tax, and with a fuel card, the package only costs me £100 a month and I do a lot…

John Bevan

5 out of 5 stars
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