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Top Gear's top five electric cars

  1. Vauxhall Ampera

    £34,995, 150bhp, 272lb ft, 0-62mph 8.7secs, vmax 99mph, 235mpg, CO2 27g/km

    The best of both worlds? Petrol-electric range extender solves traditional EV limitations and offers emissions-free motoring around town. Pricey, mind.

    Read the full verdict here

  2. Chevrolet Volt

    £34,995, 150bhp, 272lb ft, 0-62mph 8.7secs, vmax 99mph, 235mpg, CO2 27g/km

    It’s the range-extended Vauxhall Ampera by another name. Costs the same. Looks the same. Goes the same. Erm, which badge do you prefer?

    Read the full verdict here

  3. Nissan Leaf

    £28,490, 109bhp, 206lb ft, 0-62mph 11.9secs, vmax 90mph, n/a mpg, CO2 n/a g/km

    All-electric hatch proves the era of battery-only motoring is getting closer, but limited range means this wont be your only family car…yet.

    Read the full verdict here

  4. Volvo V60 hybrid

    £43,000, 285bhp, 471lb ft, 0-62mph 5.9secs, vmax 142mph, 148mpg, CO2 49g/km

    Five-cylinder diesel at the front plus electric motor at the rear equals a rapid hybrid that’s genuinely frugal and useful in the real world. Top stuff. Expensive.

    Read the full verdict here

  5. Toyota Prius

    £32,895, 98bhp, 104lb ft, 0-62mph 13.1secs, vmax 111mph, 134mpg, CO2 49g/km

    Yes, it reeks of eco-smugness, but the Prius - in its own boring, worthy way - just keeps getting better. Not much fun to drive, but mighty efficient.

    Read the full verdict here

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