VW eUp first drive review — Volkswagen e-up!

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VW e-Up first drive

Cat Dow road tests the new Volkswagen an electrified version of the popular car.

Volkswagen isn’t the company that springs to when one considers green as the firm has historically preferred diesel- and cars to electric or hybrid The giant carmaker’s stance to be softening however as it prepares out electric versions of its Up  and Golf cunningly known as the e-Up and .

Never ones to turn a chance to help save the we hopped behind the wheel of an and threw it around the much-maligned of Milton Keynes. Here’s we found.

The VW e-Up is an electric of VW’s popular city

Under the bonnet

VW has ditched the combustion engines and fuel in its standard Up in favour of a 60kW motor and a set of lithium-ion batteries. than buy off-the-shelf batteries, taken the plunge and made its this case an 18.7kWh pack that sits the floor of the e-Up to ensure a low of gravity.

Electric car batteries are well for adding significant weight, and the battery pack here a significant 230kg, the car tips the at a reasonably impressive 1,139kg, way below the 1,500kg Renault Zoe  and eevn athletic 1,195kg BMW i3 .

Driving range options

The e-Up has a range of up to 99 depending on how it’s driven. VW the e-Up gives a real range of up to 99 miles, depending on how it’s driven and how often you use the systems inside. Lead-footed will be pleased to hear has integrated its ‘ThinkBlue Trainer ’ the in-built Garmin satnav which gives you tips on how to eek out extra range.

The e-Up nine hours to recharge.

the battery inevitably goes you can top it up from a normal domestic or, if you can find one, a fast Use the former and it’ll take hours to charge from to full, so make sure you get in good time or you might not enough juice the following

If you’re lucky enough to access to a fast charger, the can top up to 80 per cent power in 30 minutes. VW both the standard three-pin and charging cables as part of the package.

How does it drive?

The VW is powered, by a ‘permanently synchronous motor’. The VW e-Up is not by anything so dull as an engine, but by a excited synchronous motor’, makes sense because really good fun to drive. Its speed transmission means it along like an automatic, ‘hurtle’ is probably a more verb — it’s

The e-Up is hugely enjoyable to

It’s quick off the mark, traffic lights, roundabouts and equally joyful. The e-Up’s kicks out 210Nm of torque – compared to the 1.0-litre petrol version, has a mere 95Nm. This it’s quick off the mark, traffic lights, roundabouts and equally joyful.

The e-Up’s characteristics may feel odd to anyone who driven an electric car, as it to slow quite markedly the you lift off the accelerator. This, of is due to the regenerative braking system, converts the car’s kinetic to electric energy to be stored in the topping it up as you slow down.

It accelerates hard from a thanks to plenty of torque.

The has four levels of ‘recuperation’, the setting being ‘B’. Use mode and you’ll find need to touch the footbrake – than once we found stopping yards from the car in

The ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’ buttons put the car more frugal modes, reducing power from 60kw to and 40kW, respectively and dialing the power of the air-con.


Volkswagen e-up!

The VW e-Up looks almost the same as the Up –- cute as hell on the comfortable and practical on the inside. are couple of changes, however, notably the c-shaped LED lights on side of its cutesy front Its boot is slightly smaller – by 28 to be precise – and that would be negligible, but further space is by the charging cables, which under a panel in the foor is difficult to access if you already luggage on board.

The e-Up’s cabin will be to anyone who’s driven the car.


The VW e-Up nearly twice as much as the car — including the goverment The e-Up comes in at a face-twisting for the basic model. And that’s the government’s £5k incentive into Comparatively, this is more double the price of the cheapest petrol-powered Up.

You get a free 16-amp charging installed at home, but at petrol prices you’d to be a real electric car evangelist not to buy the petrol Up and spend the leftover or so on fuel.

VW says the majority of electric car owners will an average of 18.5 miles per If that applies to you, you’d be better off in the petrol as it only costs £2 per day in petrol to that distance (at today’s prices). That works out at per year, meaning anyone those distances regularly in an would have to wait over 13 years to break — assuming you had access to electricity the entire time.

The e-Up only comes its own if you drive long distances on a basis. Use the car’s full range every day and you’ll break after two and a half years.

against its rivals, the e-Up is £1,000 cheaper than the model Nissan Leaf, but £5,000 more expensive the Renault Zoe.

The e-Up’s is marginally smaller than

Why so expensive? VW has developed its battery scratch, which will no have pushed its costs up a bit. And the company doesn’t let you the battery in the e-Up, instead to include it in the overall price of the VW offer an eight-year or 100,000-mile on the battery and a three-year warranty on the


Overall, the VW e-Up is particularly because of its enjoyable characteristics, decent practicality and its if slightly conventional styling. But you regularly drive distances would put a London cab driver to it’s probably too expensive to a purchase. It might be worth the you can find a cheap leasing your company’s footing the we’ll have to wait VW drops price drops we can recommend it wholeheartedly.

Volkswagen e-up!
Volkswagen e-up!
Volkswagen e-up!
Volkswagen e-up!
Volkswagen e-up!
Volkswagen e-up!

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