GM’s intention here was clearly to create an electric car that you can use every day, and which can serve as your one and only means of family transport.
The cabin of the Vauxhall Ampera, like the powertrain, is a convincing realisation of that mission. It’s big enough for four adults and, broadly speaking, offers the practicality of most Focus-size hatchbacks.
More than the powertrain, however, it’s actually the Ampera’s cabin that smacks a little of compromise. With a T-shaped battery filling the transmission tunnel, passenger space is impinged upon to the point that there is no middle back seat, making this is a strict four-seater.
The centre stack control panel is a bit of a minefield. We’d take conventional buttons over this smooth expanse of feel-less contact zones for your fingertips. We can’t help worrying about how they’ll age, either.
The two rear seats and the boot offer space on terms with an average C-segment hatch, although with the rear seat backs laid laid flat, the Ampera has an impressively large and totally flat load bay.
However, given that the car is priced more like a fairly lavish large saloon from the class above, the limited space is something that could put off those not sold solely on the state-of-the-art powertrain.