Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There’s ample space for four adults and the airy interior feels larger than that of electric rivals including the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Nissan LEAF. City or town dwellers will love the Ampera as they’ll rarely use the fuel, especially when you consider that most journeys are less than a handful of miles. If you do need to travel more than 50 miles in a day, however, you can rely on the 1.4-litre petrol engine to get you where you want to go.

It takes four hours to fully recharge the Ampera from a household socket. When driving there are two modes to choose from. D (Drive) is selected for normal driving, while, L (Low) is a comfort feature. As soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal, a system kicks in to recuperate energy for charging the battery pack. This is a great combination with the electric motor and the combustion engine working nicely in tandem.

It’s reasonable load-carrier: the boot space will hold 300 litres with the seats in place and 1,005 litres with the seats down. That’s about average for a car of this nature.


Eight airbags are fitted as standard. This comprises dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags for neck and pelvis protection. It also has an ISOFIX child seat fixing points. There’s also a pedestrian alert system which is active when you are running on the silent electric mode.

This is vital in busy streets. Essentially, the car makes a noise when running at low speeds so that pedestrians can hear you approaching. Euro NCAP has not crash tested the Ampera but we expect that it should achieve at least four stars.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Ampera Hatchback (12-15).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Earth equipment

Earth standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
Earth optional equipment
None available

Electron equipment

Electron standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Electron optional equipment
None available

Positiv equipment

Positiv standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
Positiv optional equipment
None available