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The Top Gear car review:Vauxhall Ampera

Overall verdict
Moves the alternative fuel game along in a more practical way. If only it were cheaper...


Better than a normal hybrid and more usable than an all-electric car


The price. Over £30k is an awful lot


What is it?

Vauxhall’s futuristic plug-in hybrid, sister car to the Chevrolet Volt. Don’t tar it with the same brush as the Toyota Prius and other existing hybrids that off er negligible benefits, as the Ampera moves the game along much further. It has a 1.4-litre petrol engine as well as an electric motor and an electric generator, all scrunched in underneath the bonnet. Juice it up from the mains and it will travel for up to 50 miles on electricity alone, then you’ve got the petrol engine to make up the difference.

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