Vauxhall Ampera Review & Ratings
- 12 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
After a great summer in the Ampera, I can’t help noticing that its sophisticated under-thebonnet technology is less suited to the cold weather. Now that I’m using headlights and seat heaters during most trips, I find that the battery range has dropped to around 36 miles, which isn’t quite enough to get me from work to home and back on electric power. It’s still much cheaper than buying petrol for the same journey (£6 on petrol versus £2 for electricity), but it definitely isn’t as good as it was in the summer. I’m still amazed at the way the engine, batteries and motor power the car so smoothly and with such little fuss. However, I also can’t help feeling that more money should have been spent on the ‘standard’ parts of the car, because the windscreen heater blows coldish air at the misted windscreen, the sat-nav doesn’t accept full postcodes and I still get cold feet with the cabin temperature set at 24C. Despite all of these niggles, the driving position is very comfortable and I have no trouble being behind the wheel for long trips, although the Ampera is happiest in stop-start town traffic, rather than on the motorway.
It’s booked in at the local dealer in a couple of weeks, when I’ll ask them to take a look at a slow puncture in the offside rear tyre and to replace the front spoiler with a new, shallower one to prevent the irritating scuffing you get on every speed bump. Let’s hope it does the trick.