What kind of chemistry do you have with your car? Love it? Loathe it? Let us know and you could win a £300 John Lewis voucher | No thanks

Vauxhall Ampera (2012–2014)

Last updated 14 May 2019

Length 4498–4514 mm
Width 1787–2126 mm
Height 1439 mm
Wheelbase 2685 mm
Boot Space 300–1000 L

Full specifications


Inside it’s suitably advanced. There’s a high definition screen where you’d expect to find the instrument binnacle, with a readout telling you how efficiently you’re driving as well as the speed and mileage. There’s also a second display at the top of the centre stack with sat nav, audio and a reversing camera.

The materials inside are solid and the leather trim is impressively sumptuous, plus there are colourful door cards and touch sensitive controls on the centre stack. The Ampera is futuristic enough to impress but familiar enough not to be daunting, which is a balance Vauxhall must have worked hard to achieve.

Practicality is more or less unaffected by the electric drivetrain components. Many EVs have reduced boot space due to a large battery, but the Ampera offers a not-too-shabby 301 litres of bootspace. It’s not class leading but it’s more than enough for a decent amount of luggage or shopping.

Furthermore there’s a comprehensive standard equipment list. Our test car, in Electron trim, had heated seats, tyre pressure monitors, a reversing camera, BOSE audio, cabin pre-heating, keyless entry and start, climate control and cruise control. It’s not stripped out to improve economy, that’s for sure.

Luggage space is a fairly meagre 300 litres, extending to 1,000 litres with the rear seatbacks down. Leg and headroom is fine for four passengers. There’s no centre rear seat because that’s where part of the battery sits.


Ask Honest John

Value my car