The Ampera is eye-wateringly expensive, even after you subtract the £5000 Government grant you get towards it. There’s huge uncertainty over residual values, too. Still, the impressive efficiency means it’ll be cheap to run if you rarely use the petrol generator. You’ll pay no road tax or congestion charge in London and you’ll only incur company car tax on 5% of its value.
Vauxhall Ampera Hatchback quality & reliability
The Ampera’s cabin is covered with hard plastics, so they don’t feel particularly tactile. That, said, they look smart enough, and the build quality feels impressively solid. There shouldn’t be much reason to worry about the reliability, either. The car comes with Vauxhall’s 100,000-mile unlimited period warranty, while the battery is covered by a separate eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
Vauxhall Ampera Hatchback safety & security
The Ampera comes with no less than eight airbags to help keep you safe in a crash, and the standard stability control should help prevent you having one in the first place. All this helped the car achieve a five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP. Because the Ampera runs silently on battery power, the driver can activate a chirping sound to warn pedestrians of its approach.