Vauxhall Ampera hatchback
Price: £33,750 - £35,495
- Low running costs
- Long range unlike electric cars
- Stylish, futuristic looks
- High list price
- Only four seats
- Relaxing rather than fun
The world is changing and the number of electric, hybrid and range-extending cars available in the UK is growing every year – and the Vauxhall Ampera is one of the best out there. It's so good, in fact, that we named our 2013 CarBuyer Best Hybrid/Electric Car of the year.
It offers CO2 emissions that fall below those of any hybrid or eco-efficient diesel engines also on the market, so it's exempt from paying road tax or any congestion charging. You can plug it straight into the mains to charge the battery (which takes just shy of four hours) and then drive using just the electric motor for up to 50 miles. So any daily trips shouldn’t require any petrol at all.
If you want to go further, the petrol generator takes over to drive the electric motor and returns a mammoth 200+mpg. And on top of these impressive green credentials, the Ampera delivers strong performance. It's quite fast, has stylish, sporty exterior dimensions and an attractive high-quality interior. It comes in three main specifications – entry-level Earth, mid-range Positiv and top-of-the-range Electron.