Vauxhall Ampera gets price cut

The price of the Vauxhall Ampera plug-in hybrid has dropped by £3,500

The price of the economical Vauxhall Ampera has been cut by £3,500 in an effort to boost sales and improve the range-extending hybrid’s appeal.

That means that mid-spec Vauxhall Ampera Positiv now starts at just £28,750, after the standard £5,000 government grant is applied. All electric cars and plug-in hybrid models benefit from this grant, significantly reducing the cost of buying one of these eco-friendly models. Although unconfirmed, the entry-level Ampera Earth should be cheaper still.

News of the price cut conveniently coincides with the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, with Vauxhall-Opel boss, Karl-Thomas Neumann reiterating his desire to support electric mobility in the UK. Vauxhall’s pricing is even more important when you consider the innovative and new BMW i3 will cost from just £25,680 when it goes on sale in November.

It comes well equipped, too, with even basic models getting a load of airbags, DAB radio, USB connectivity and Bluetooth as standard. LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and cruise control are also included across the range. Top-spec models get sat-nav, a Bose sound system and a 30GB hard drive to store all your favourite music.

Thanks to its combination of electric motor and 1.4-litre petrol engine, the Ampera can travel up to 50 miles on electric power alone. However, when the charge runs out, the petrol engine powers a generator to ensure the user can continue on their journey. This means the Ampera’s total range is around 350 miles – a figure similar to many petrol or diesel-powered family hatchbacks. What’s more, it’s free to tax and London Congestion Charge exempt, thanks to CO2 emissions of just 27g/km.

Take a look at all our Frankfurt Motor Show news, by clicking on individual news stories on the home page, or alternatively check out our IAA round-up of everything you need to know.

For the full Vauxhall range, visit the CarBuyer Vauxhall reviews page.

Recommended

Vauxhall Mokka-e SUV review
Vauxhall Mokka-e driving - front
Vauxhall Mokka-e SUV
15 Sep 2021

Vauxhall Mokka-e SUV review

Vauxhall IntelliLink infotainment touchscreen explained
Vauxhall Adam infotainment system
Vauxhall
13 Aug 2021

Vauxhall IntelliLink infotainment touchscreen explained

Vauxhall expands Griffin line-up with new Crossland and Corsa-e models
2021 Vauxhall Crossland Griffin
Vauxhall
26 Jul 2021

Vauxhall expands Griffin line-up with new Crossland and Corsa-e models

Bold new Vauxhall Grandland SUV on sale for £25,500
2021 Vauxhall Grandland SUV.
Vauxhall Grandland X
8 Jul 2021

Bold new Vauxhall Grandland SUV on sale for £25,500

Most Popular

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroen Ami
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

Best new car deals 2021
Fiat 500 electric
Deals
24 Sep 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks