Top Gear List Its Top Picks For Hybrid And Electric Cars
Top Gear released its list of the top plug-in electric cars available in the UK.
Among six models, two are from BMW – i3 and i8. Germany is represented also by Volkswagen e-Golf.
There is also Vauxhall Ampera (British version of Opel Ampera, which is the European version of Chevrolet Volt). We can’t understand why there is no Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is the most popular plug-in in the UK.
Top Gear didn’t forget about the Nissan LEAF or Tesla Model S P85D.
Specs: 170bhp, 184lb ft, 0-62mph 7.9secs, VMax 93mph, 470mpg, CO2 13g/km
The first all-electric BMW available to the masses. BMW-y drive, clever interior, and the option of a tiny motorbike engine to extend the range. It’s brilliant.
Specs: 372bhp, 421lb ft, 0-62mph 4.4secs, VMax 155mph, 113mpg, CO2 49g/km
A hybrid that can also go toe-to-toe with a Porsche 911? That’ll be the stunning i8. Stunning design, amazing powertrain and just so intoxicating to live with. The future’s here.
Vauxhall Ampera (no longer offered)
Specs: 150bhp, 272lb ft, 0-62mph 8.7secs, VMax 99mph, 235mpg, CO2 27g/km
The best of both worlds? Petrol-electric range extender solves traditional EV limitations and offers emissions-free motoring around town. Pricey, mind.
Specs: 115bhp, 199lb ft, 0-62mph 10.4secs, VMax 87mph, NAmpg, CO2 0g/km
Looks like a Golf, feels like a Golf, drives like a Golf. Only more silently and with a bit of range anxiety. Electricity takes a step into the mainstream.
Specs: 109bhp, 206lb ft, 0-62mph 11.9secs, VMax 90mph, NAmpg, CO2 NA g/km
All-electric hatch proves the era of battery-only motoring is getting closer, but limited range means this won’t be your only family car… yet.
Tesla Model S P85D
Price: £87,835 (before £5000 UK government plug-in vehicle subsidy)
Specs: 762bhp, 740lb ft, 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, Vmax 155mph, n/a mpg, 0g/km CO2, 295-mile range
Now available with a power upgrade from 682bhp to 762bhp, the most amazing thing about the all-wheel drive Model S isn’t its hypercar acceleration. It’s that, thanks to a growing quick-charger network and respectable range, this is the world’s most versatile everyday EV. And look, Ludicrous Mode!
Source: Top Gear