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The Top Gear car review:Vauxhall Ampera
Running costs and reliability
The downside to the Ampera is its price – an eye-watering £28,750 after the government’s £5,000 electric car grant. Even though they’ve recently been reduced, that’s a heck of a lot for a four-seater car of this size, although EU fuel tests suggest you’ll get 235.4mpg – that’s accounting for the time running on electricity alone and using the petrol engine. Blimey. As for residual values, they’re still out to tender for alternative fuel cars, but if the Prius is anything to go by, it’s looking promising. An interesting super-green car from Vauxhall that deserves to do well.