Bentley

Bentley Continental GT (2003-2011)

When Bentley revealed the Continental GT in 2003, it marked the dawn of a new era for the Crewe marque under Volkswagen ownership. The model has gone on to become easily the most popular model ever offered by this luxury sporting brand, with a variety of offshoots also offered, including convertible and saloon editions. Anyone worried that VW Phaeton underpinnings might devalue the Bentley brand were quickly reassured by the car’s blend of agility, comfort, performance and reliability. And while you’ll need deep pockets to buy and run one of these stylish machines, the Bentley Continental GT still represents something of a bargain on the used market.

Key dates

6/03: The Continental GT debuts in 552bhp coupé form, as the world’s fastest four-seat coupé.

4/05: There’s now a four-door saloon, the Flying Spur, mechanically identical to the coupé.

10/06: The Continental GTC convertible goes on sale.

11/06: The Diamond Series celebrates 60 years of Crewe production and features ceramic brakes, unique wheels and fresh colour schemes.

8/07: 600bhp Speed versions of the Continental GT and GTC debut.

3/09: There’s now a Continental Flying Spur Speed.

10/09: The 621bhp Supersports appears, capable of 204mph and with carbon-ceramic brakes as standard.

Checklist

  • Despite their generous dimensions, the GT and GTC aren’t especially spacious inside, with rear seats suitable only for children.
  • Some cars are fitted with aftermarket wheels on ultra-low profile tyres, which damage the ride quality.
  • Some cars have tacky paint schemes; buy with caution as selling them on can be extremely difficult.
  • The heated rear window contains the radio aerial. These fail, with the whole window having to be replaced.
  • A warning that the engine is overheating when it isn’t is probably because of an imbalance between the two exhaust manifold temperatures.
  • The high-level brake light over the back window can fail, and repair costs can be high.
  • Tyres can be hard to find; standard GTs are fitted with 275/40 ZR 19 105Y (B) rubber. It’s essential that you fit tyres with the correct loading.

We like

  • Performance
  • Refinement
  • Build quality
  • Image
  • Comfort
  • Four-wheel drive

We don’t like

  • Cramped cabin
  • High running costs

Kia

Kia Sportage (2010-2016)

It was the original Picanto that showed Kia’s potential, but when the third-generation Sportage appeared in 2010 the Korean manufacturer realised that potential. This sharp-looking SUV came with concept car looks, a long warranty, generous equipment levels and a healthy dose of practicality – yet it was every bit as affordable as you’d expect a Kia to be. Accounting for around a quarter of Kia’s sales in the UK, when the Sportage Mk3 was current it was the company’s biggest-selling model and it’s not hard to see why. As a used buy the Sportage is just as enticing.

Key dates

11/10: The Sportage Mk3 arrives with 1.6 or 2.0-litre petrol engines, along with 1.7 or 2.0 CRDi diesels. The smaller engines have front-wheel drive; the 2.0-litre models get standard four-wheel drive and an optional automatic gearbox. There are three trim levels (1, 2 and 3, with 4WD models getting a KX prefix).

7/12: There’s a new range-topper; the KX-4.

2/14: A facelifted Sportage brings extra equipment, more options and minor styling changes. 

7/15: The limited edition Axis is restricted to 1200 cars and is offered with 1.6 GDi or 1.7 CRDi engines. It sits between the 2 and 3 trims.

Checklist

  • There’s no seven-seat option; if you need more than five seats you’ll have to trade up to a Sorento. 
  • All diesel-engined Sportages have a diesel particulate filter (DPF), so if you’re a low-mileage driver go for a petrol-engined car.
  • Some early cars could suffer from wind noise from the glass sunroof; adjusting the mechanism fixes it.
  • The 1.7 CRDi can suffer from a loss of power. Replacing the fuel filter can fix things.
  • If you’re towing buy a KX-4. It has 282lb ft of torque instead of the 236lb ft of the regular 2.0 CRDi engine.
  • The front seats can suffer from tears along the sides of the base, near the front. 
  • Some cars pull to one side, usually the left. Resetting the electric power steering software helps.
  • The standard headlights are poor, so many owners uprate the bulbs. Even the xenon items aren’t that great.
  • Corroded alloy wheels aren’t unusual.

We like

  • Sharp looks
  • Generous equipment levels
  • Practicality
  • Reliability
  • Value
  • Frugal engines

We don’t like

  • So-so dynamics

Porsche

Porsche 911 (2004-2012)

The words ‘iconic’ and ‘legendary’ are frequently over-used in the motoring arena, but where the Porsche 911 (in this case, the 997 Series) is concerned they’re most definitely deserved. Since 1963 this supercar has captured the imaginations of enthusiast drivers, with its beguiling blend of supercar pace, grand touring usability and brilliant build quality. And with thousands made each year, there are plenty to choose from on the used market, although the number of different 911 variants to choose from is bewildering, and it’s essential that you buy the one that’s right for your needs. Once you’ve pinned that down, the next hurdle is to find a minter with a full history that’s been maintained by a marque expert. And don’t buy anything else.

Key dates

9/04: The 997 coupé debuts in 321bhp 3.6-litre Carrera and 350bhp 3.8-litre Carrera S forms.

4/05: A 997 convertible is introduced.

11/05: There are now Carrera 4 and 4 S options, with four-wheel drive. 

5/06: The 415bhp GT3 goes on sale

7/06: The 480bhp 3.6-litre Turbo reaches showrooms.

6/08: Four-wheel drive models get a new transmission and an all-new, more efficient flat-six (341bhp for the Carrera, 380bhp for the Carrera S). The Turbo gets a 3.8-litre engine and Porsche’s brilliant PDK dual-clutch gearbox replaces the previous Tiptronic auto.

12/10: Carrera GTS has 408bhp 3.8-litre engine and rear-wheel drive.

1/11: Speedster has 408bhp 3.8-litre engine, rear-wheel drive, PDK transmission. Just 356 are available globally.

4/11: Black Edition is limited to 1,911 examples with 345bhp 3.6-litre engine.

5/11: Carrera 4 GTS is four-wheel drive version of Carrera GTS.

Checklist

  • Clutches last 50,000 miles if not hammered; if driven hard, a replacement can be needed much sooner.
  • The suspension lasts well, but the front bushes wear out, especially if the car is driven hard.
  • Don’t buy a 997 privately – especially an early one – without an inspection by an acknowledged expert.
  • Pre-2009 cars can suffer from engine failure, so look for blackened tailpipes and listen for ticking at idle. Later cars aren’t affected.
  • The steel braking system (there was a ceramic option) can suffer from disc corrosion, especially on cars used sparingly.
  • Because of stone chips, a resprayed nose is nothing to worry about, but if any other part of the bodywork has received fresh paint, be wary.
  • The air-con condensers and coolant radiators can suffer from pinhole leaks; replacements are costly.

We like

  • Performance
  • Build quality
  • Usability
  • Handling
  • Engine noise
  • Image
  • Exterior design

We don’t like

  • Not that exclusive
  • Bewildering range
  • Costly to buy

Chevrolet

Chevrolet Captiva (2006-2015)

Chevrolet is now a defunct brand in the UK, but don’t let that stop you from considering what was arguably its most capable model when it was current. The Captiva is a seven-seat SUV that was one of the most affordable cars in its segment when it was new. The brand’s low profile when it was trading here meant the Captiva shed its value quickly; with Chevrolet’s profile dropping further since its UK dealers were shuttered at the end of 2015, its products are more affordable than ever. The Captiva is no class leader in any one area, but as an all-rounder it’s plenty good enough to deserve your attention.

Key dates

7/06: The Captiva reaches UK showrooms with 150bhp 2.0-litre diesel or 140bhp 2.4 petrol engines.

2/08: The special edition Captiva Edge appears.

5/08: There’s a new entry-level diesel, the 2.0 VCDi LS. 

5/10: The range-topping Captiva LTZ arrives with standard leather trim, heated front seats, privacy glass, parking sensors and a rear-facing camera.

3/11: A facelift brings a redesigned nose and an upgraded interior. A 2.2 diesel replaces the previous 2.0-litre unit.

6/13: Another facelift brings restyled lights, bumpers, grille, extra equipment and a posher cabin.

Checklist

  • Clutches can burn out in under 20,000 miles, especially if the car is used for towing.
  • Brake discs can fail prematurely, so feel for juddering through the pedal under braking.
  • The automatic transmission makes for relaxed cruising, but significantly increases the cost of the annual road tax bill.
  • The ESP can cut in for no apparent reason, leading to the throttle losing response; a software update is the cure.
  • The diesel engine of pre-facelift cars sounds really agricultural around town and when cold.
  • The interior trim feels cheap in places, but it tends to last well. However, the silver paint finish on some items can wear away.
  • The trip computer can be woefully inaccurate, especially with fuel consumption figures.

We like

  • Spacious
  • Comfortable
  • Good value
  • Well equipped
  • Looks smart

We don’t like

  • Not great off-road
  • No UK dealers
  • Cheap interior

Peugeot

Peugeot 807 (2003-2010)

There was a time when MPVs were the future, then the crossover arrived and suddenly the MPV fell out of favour. Which is a shame because people carriers like the Peugeot 807 tend to be more spacious, comfortable and versatile than any SUV that’s remotely affordable. As the first MPV to score a full five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, the Peugeot 807 is also a very safe car – at least when tested to 2003 standards. However, there’s a fly in the ointment, and that’s the 807’s reliability record, which isn’t great. So before buying, make sure that cheap MPV doesn’t become very expensive once it’s yours.

 

Key dates

1/03: The 807 goes on sale with 2.0 or 2.2-litre petrol or diesel engines.

7/03: The 2.0 HDi is now available with an automatic gearbox.

2/04: The 2.2 HDi is now available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

6/04: A facelift brings new model designations and a tidier exterior design.

11/05: A refresh means extra standard kit for all cars, including ESP. A Euro IV-compliant 143bhp 2.0 petrol engines replaces the old 138bhp unit.

5/06: The 2.0 HDi engine is now a 120bhp unit (previously 110bhp).

1/08: The 2.2 HDi now comes in 170bhp form (alongside the previous 136bhp option).

 

Checklist

  • ECU faults can mean misfires, poor starting or uneven running – or no running at all.
  • The interior isn’t that tough, so look for damaged or broken trim.
  • The electric sliding doors are a great feature but the electric mechanism can be erratic.
  • Premature tyre wear isn’t unusual, especially on cars with 15-inch wheels.
  • Electrically operated windows and sunroofs can have a mind of their own, so ensure they work as they should.
  • The ball joints in the front suspension can fail prematurely.
  • The 807 has been the subject of new fewer than 21 recalls, so check they’ve all been actioned.

 

We like

  • Practicality
  • Versatility
  • Comfort
  • Refinement
  • Spacious cabin
  • Low purchase prices
  • Torquey diesel engines

 

We don’t like

  • Poor reliability record
  • Interiors get battered
  • Thirsty petrol engines

 

Renault

Renault Twingo (2007-2012)

When Renault failed to bring its brilliant original Twingo to the UK, it made a big mistake – which it didn’t repeat when it introduced an all-new model in 2007. Unfortunately the follow-up didn’t share the innovation of its predecessor, but as a used buy Renault’s smallest car is still worth a closer look for its distinctive styling, spacious and versatile interior as well as the performance in Renaultsport guise. But while the Twingo is ideally suited to urban driving, it’s not so adept at longer high-speed journeys thanks to poor refinement. Reliability can also be an issue, so make plenty of checks before buying.

 

Key dates

9/07: The second-generation Twingo arrives in the UK with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, in 75bhp normally aspirated or 100bhp turbo forms, the latter wearing TCE badges and known as the GT. 

2/08: A 60bhp Twingo 1.2 debuts, for those wanting economy above all else.

9/08: The sporty 1.6-litre Twingo 133 is introduced.

7/11: The Silverstone special edition arrives.

2/12: A facelifted Twingo brings revised styling and a wider array of options.

 

Checklist

  • Engines can run erratically, and idle very quickly, if the throttle control module starts to play up.
  • Alarms and immobilisers can be temperamental, going off for no apparent reason. Fixes can be elusive.
  • If you’re tall, you might struggle to get comfortable as even on its lowest setting the driver’s seat is too high.
  • Water can leak into the front footwells, because of faulty door seals or a poorly sealed windscreen.
  • There can be gear selection issues, especially first when cold. Adjusting the gear linkage should fix things.
  • Any misfiring is down to a faulty coil pack or because the wrong spark plugs are fitted; Renault recommends NGK items.
  • The electrics and electronics can play up, especially the instrumentation, warning lights and items such as the central locking.

 

We like

  • Smart looks
  • Versatile interior
  • Strong value
  • Low running costs
  • Renaultsport is fun to drive
  • Ride comfort

 

We don’t like

  • No five-door option
  • Patchy reliability
  • Not refined enough
  • Gutless smaller engines
  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Spartan cheaper models

Audi

Audi R8 (2007-2015)

Entering a new market segment often ends in tears, but when Audi unveiled its first ever supercar in 2006, it hit the bull’s eye. Pitched against some seriously capable rivals, the Audi R8 wasn’t just their equal – it could beat them. But despite genuine supercar looks and performance, the R8 is as easy to use as an A3 or A4, while running costs tend to be significantly lower than for similar machinery available elsewhere. With standard four-wheel drive to help get the power down, and a choice of brilliant engines and transmissions, could this be the perfect supercar?

Key dates

10/06: The R8 breaks cover with a 414bhp 4.2 V8.

3/07: The first V8 coupés reach UK showrooms. 

3/09: There’s now a 518bhp V10 coupé.

3/10: A V10 Spyder is launched. 

7/10: The lighter, more powerful and more focused 552bhp R8 GT coupé appears. Just 33 come to the UK.

7/11: An R8 GT spyder is now available.

7/10: The Spyder is now offered in V8 form.

9/11: The V8 Limited Edition coupé debuts with navigation, Bang & Olufsen hi-fi, magnetic ride plus numerous interior and exterior trim upgrades.

7/12: A revised R8 comes with a new dual-clutch gearbox, LED lighting, extra kit and now 542bhp in V10 form.

10/14: The R8 LMX packs 562bhp V10 and laser headlights. Just 99 are sold globally.

Checklist

  • Alloy wheels are easily kerbed and repairs can be expensive; replacement wheels are very costly.
  • Don’t pay a massive premium for a V10, when in the real world the V8 is just as quick and better balanced.
  • R8s without any extras are relatively basic, so check to see what options have been fitted. Many cars have thousands of pounds worth of extras.
  • The R8 doesn’t eat tyres like some rivals. But when fresh rubber is needed, the bill will be high.
  • Low-mileage cars can suffer from surprisingly high oil consumption. Things tend to settle down as the miles are racked up.
  • Engine warning lights can illuminate because of poor quality fuel being used or problems with damaged coil pack wiring.

We like

  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Build quality
  • Looks
  • Refinement
  • Easy to drive
  • Relative value

We don’t like

  • Ordinary cabin
  • Thirsty engines

SEAT

SEAT Toledo (2005-2009)

When SEAT unveiled its third-generation Toledo in 2005, it looked pretty unconventional. It was a car that not many people understood; what was the point of this large family hatch, which cost more than an Altea XL, but which didn’t offer much extra? Thanks to the higher price and awkward looks, the Toledo struggled to sell, but on the used market this Golf-based hatch makes more sense thanks to keen prices and more carrying capacity than its Leon or Altea siblings. While the Toledo doesn’t do anything better than an Altea XL, it’s more unusual, comes with some strong engines, plenty of equipment (avoid entry-level Reference trim) and it’s refined too. The Toledo is no class-leader, but if you’re looking for a spacious family hatch, this sizeable Seat is a great-value left-field buy.

 

Key dates

3/05: The second-generation Toledo reaches UK showrooms 2005 with 1.6 or 2.0 FSi petrol engines, along with 1.9 TDi or 2.0 TDi diesels. The smaller powerplants come in Reference or Stylance trims, the 2.0-litre units got their own Sport trim.

5/06: The 2.0 TDI is now offered in Stylance form. 

8/07: From this point on the 1.9 TDi Stylance and 2.0 TDi Sport come with a DSG dual-clutch transmission only.

1/08: The CO2 rating of the 1.9 TDi DSG goes up from 145g/km to 162g/km, increasing road tax costs.

 

Checklist

  • The ABS control unit can fail, and repair costs are high. Check the dash light illuminates with the ignition on, then goes out.
  • Rear-three-quarter visibility is poor and judging the car’s extremities is tricky, so parking sensors are a must.
  • Most Toledos are owned by families, so check the interior trim hasn’t been wrecked by young children.
  • The electrics can be temperamental, so check things like the central locking, alarm, all lights – and tyre pressure sensors, if fitted.
  • The oil pump of the 2.0 TDi engine can fail, destroying the engine and turbocharger.
  • Dual-mass flywheels can fail, so listen for rattling that’s louder with the clutch depressed.
  • The six-speed manual gearbox can suffer from faulty synchro rings, so make sure the gearchange from first to second isn’t stiff.

 

We like

  • Space
  • Practicality
  • Value
  • Refinement
  • Strong engines

 

We don’t like

  • Few to choose from
  • Awkward design

Volkswagen

Volkswagen Phaeton (2003-2015)

The Volkswagen Phaeton never made sense as a new purchase thanks to high prices and heavy depreciation. But as a used buy it can be a far more sensible purchase because for surprisingly little money you can buy a luxury saloon that’s spacious, fully equipped, comfortable and refined. As the most expensive mainstream production Volkswagen ever, ther Phaeton also comes with fabulous build quality as standard, but even diesel models are thirsty and other running costs can be high. It doesn’t help that this incredibly complex car isn’t always as reliable as you might hope, so don’t expect to run a Phaeton for Passat money.

 

Key dates

6/03: The Phaeton arrives, with 3.2 V6 or 6.0 W12 petrol engines.

11/03: There are now 4.2 V8 petrol and 5.0 V10 TDi options. 

4/04: A long-wheelbase Phaeton is introduced. It’s available with all engines except the 3.2 V6.

10/04: A 3.0 TDi joins the range; it quickly became the most popular model. 

1/09: There’s an overhauled interior with revised climate control, new instruments and touch-screen multi-media.

11/09: A further facelift brings a reprofiled nose and extra equipment. There’s now 3.0 TDi power only; a 6.0 W12 is available to special order however.

 

Checklist

  • Beware failed headlight bulbs; replacing them is very time-consuming and if you’re really unlucky it may be that an ECU has failed rather than a bulb.
  • There’s a separate motor for each windscreen wiper and failure of one can cause problems with the other if they collide.
  • Some Phaetons have five seats, others have four. Three seats in the back is the most common.
  • Avoid cars without a full service history; even if the history is complete, look at who has done the work.
  • Most Phaeton issues centre on the electrics and electronics, so ensure that absolutely everything works.
  • The wiring loom that runs into the nearside of the bootlid has an outer sheathing. This wears through, potentially leading to short circuits.
  • Footwells can fill with water, damaging the electronics, if the sunroof drain tubes or plenum chambers (at the base of the windscreen) fill with debris.

 

We like

  • Value
  • Refinement
  • Equipment levels
  • Build quality
  • Spacious cabin

 

We don’t like

  • High running costs
  • Looks like a Passat
  • Can be unreliable

Volvo

Volvo XC90 (2002-2014)

When it arrived back in 2002, Volvo’s first SUV proved a massive success; long waiting lists quickly formed thanks to this seven-seater 4x4’s versatility, discreet styling and keen pricing. More comfortable on the road than off it, the XC90 was one of a new generation of road-biased 4x4s that were good to drive and capable of providing ideal family transport. In the intervening years there’s been no shortage of rivals introduced, and while the XC90 is no class-leader any more, it can still make a great used buy – just beware of neglected cars and be aware that running costs tend to be high.

 

Key dates

11/02: The XC90 reaches UK showrooms in D5 turbodiesel or T6 turbo petrol forms.

5/03: The XC90 Executive comes with standard rear-seat entertainment.

3/04: The D5 engine is now offered with a six-speed manual gearbox; previously it was an automatic only.

9/04: A 2.5T petrol engine joins the range.

1/05: 2.5T engine arrives; a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit with manual or automatic gearboxes.

9/05: An all-new D5 engine replaces previous unit.

7/06: A facelift brings an exterior refresh plus better trim materials, along with a 4.4-litre petrol V8. Also, a 3.2-litre engine replaces the previous T6 unit. 

7/09: The R-Design brings a sportier look

7/10: A 2.0-litre D5 is introduced, with better economy. 

1/11: A 197bhp 2.4 D5 joins the line-up.

 

Checklist

  • Fuel consumption can be very heavy, even where diesels are concerned – and especially if you’re towing.
  • The Geartronic auto works well enough, but can prove weak, with cars used for towing especially vulnerable.
  • Some early XC90s could suffer drive failure to the rear wheels, making the car front-wheel drive only.
  • Check the state of the interior trim, as it doesn’t always wear very well. The leather trim gets scuffed, while the carpets can look tatty.
  • If you’re looking at a D5, start the car from cold. If it struggles to fire up, it’s probably because of injector problems; repairs are costly.
  • Check the exterior brightwork hasn’t gone cloudy; some chemicals used in car washes can attack the metal and replacement is the only cure.
  • Electrical issues are common on early cars. Sometimes it’s just a question of securely attaching the battery connections.

 

We like

  • Great image
  • Seven seats
  • Looks great
  • High safety levels

 

We don’t like

  • Expensive to run
  • Patchy reliability
  • Cramped third row

Kia

Kia Carens (2006-2013)

As consumers embrace the crossover market, people-carriers are becoming ever less popular. As a result, some of the greatest used car bargains can sit in this sector, and when it comes to value, few cars can compete with the second-generation Kia Carens. It offered a huge amount for the money when new, and strong depreciation has ensured that on the used market you get even more bang for your buck. Look beyond the clunky styling and you’ll find a car that’s comfortable with ample space for the family – so if you’re after maximum practicality for minimum outlay, take a closer look. 

 

Key dates

8/06: The Carens Mk2 reaches showrooms with 2.0-litre petrol or diesel engines, featuring five- or six-speed manual gearboxes respectively; diesel buyers can opt for a four-speed auto.

3/08: A four-speed automatic gearbox is now offered with the 2.0-litre petrol engine, in the 2.0 LS.

2/09: A 1.6-litre petrol engine joins the range.

1/10: There’s now a 111bhp 1.6 CRDi diesel option.

 

Checklist

  • The automatic gearbox doesn’t feel very sophisticated; the fact it has just four gears doesn’t help.
  • Diesel editions driven mainly around town can suffer from a failed dual-mass flywheel in less than 50,000 miles.
  • Some cars pull to one side, because the suspension geometry needs to be adjusted.
  • Make sure the rear door handles work; the mechanism can snap, making it difficult to fix as the door won’t open for access.
  • The handbrake is actually a footbrake, which on cars with a manual gearbox can make hill starts awkward when starting off on a steep hill.
  • Not all Carens have seven seats, and when they are fitted, that third row is cramped, even for children.
  • There can be gear selection issues with the manual gearbox. Changing the oil and adjusting the linkage should fix things.

 

We like

  • Keen prices
  • Practicality
  • Spacious cabin
  • Seven seats
  • Large boot

 

We don’t like

  • Cramped third row
  • Awkward styling
  • Stodgy dynamics
  • Cheap interior plastics

Vauxhall

Vauxhall Ampera (2012-2014)

With its futuristic styling and cutting-edge running gear the Vauxhall Ampera should have been a smash hit, but as the first vehicle of its kind it was maybe too advanced for a very conservative market. The first ever range extender to be sold in the UK, the Ampera featured plug-in technology with a 1.4-litre petrol engine. The Ampera’s wheels are only ever driven by electric motors, the engine serving only as a generator to top up the batteries once they’ve dropped to 20 per cent charged. As a result there’s no need to worry about flat batteries and you can enjoy regenerative braking plus lots of instant torque. The Ampera was good enough to be voted 2012 Car of the Year but this didn’t translate into sales success; it’s still worth a closer look as a used buy though.

 

Key dates

5/12: The Ampera reaches UK showrooms. Just 23 dealers can sell them but each buyer gets their own customer liaison at Vauxhall HQ. There are three trim levels; standard, Positiv and Electron.

4/13: In a bid to boost sales, Vauxhall introduces a free ownership package that covers fuel and servicing for three years.

9/13: A price cut of £3,500 is Vauxhall’s last attempt at tempting buyers, but they remain uninterested. The Ampera is killed off a year later.

 

Checklist

  • The Ampera was also sold in the UK as the Chevrolet Volt; these are even rarer than the Vauxhall.
  • Water gets into the tailgate’s rear light units. Replacing the lights helps, but the problem always comes back.
  • The battery pack comes with an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty.
  • The real-world range on electric only is 25-40 miles. The total range with a tank of petrol is around 300 miles.
  • There’s room for four only, as in the rear there are two sculpted seats.
  • The Ampera was one of the safest cars ever tested by Euro NCAP, excelling in all categories including pedestrian protection.
  • Limited ground clearance means the front spoiler lip tends to ground with speed bumps.
  • For cars used largely in electric-only mode, the odometer gives no indication of how much use the engine has had.

 

We like

  • Futuristic design
  • It’s different
  • Cheap to run
  • Decently practical
  • Comfy seats
  • Very relaxing to drive

 

We don’t like

  • Few to choose from
  • Only four seats
  • Not engaging to drive
  • Poor visibility