Review

Vauxhall Ampera hatchback

£33,750 - £35,495

The world is changing and the number of electric, hybrid and range-extending cars available in the UK is growing every year. The Vauxhall Ampera is one of the best so far – so good, in fact, that we named it our best hybrid or electric car of the year in 2013.

It emits less CO2 than any conventional hybrid or efficient diesel models on the market, so it's exempt from paying road tax and the London Congestion Charge. You can plug it straight into the mains to charge the battery (which takes just shy of four hours) and then drive using only the electric motor for up to 50 miles. Routine daily trips in this car shouldn’t use any petrol at all.

If you want to go further, the petrol generator takes over to drive the electric motor, resulting in potential fuel economy of over 200mpg. And on top of these impressive green credentials, the Ampera delivers strong performance. It's quite fast, has a stylish, sporty exterior and an attractive, high-quality interior. It comes in three specifications: entry-level Earth, mid-range Positiv and top-of-the-range Electron.