Hiya. I think getting the performance without clobbering the economy is one of the main reasons why I love the Ampera (and Leaf). Having been used to stunning 0-60 times from my previous cars, it is so good to be able to get great acceleration AND great mpg. As you say, Parax, none of these uber-economy diesels can get anything like their claimed 70-80mpgs whilst being driven hard. It was reading a review of the Polo Bluemotion that really put me off the idea of going to a eco-diesel. The reviewer described granny-like driving and also the raucous noise of the 3 cylinder engine! What a contrast to the quiet, fast serenity of the Ampera.