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Volkswagen e-UP

Volkswagen have got involved in the electric car market but it has work to do to overtake or even catch established brands such as Tesla, Renault and Nissan. Its e-Up is one of its first attempts to make its mark on the EV world and comes after the company realised that customer demand was becoming large enough to justify the production of an electric car. Will the e-Up give VW the gee-up it needs in the EV market? Read on to find out.

Volkswagen e-UP exterior

Volkswagen e-UP . Image: Google UK

Design

Volkswagen has not gone wild with its design and looks like one of its typical cars. It has an 81bhp motor that sits up front and the 230kg battery pack is in the floor to ensure a lower centre of gravity than in a ‘traditional’ car. Aside from instruments for charging and eco-orientated items, the interior looks just like a regular VW model.

Performance

It is rather slow from 0-60 at 12.4 seconds but it does have instant torque so it still manages to feel fast on the road. It weighs more than 1,100kg but the ride quality is good and the handling is pretty reasonable. The steering is a tad annoying since it doesn’t deliver much in the way of feel but many EVs have the same issue.

There are three driving modes: normal, eco and eco plus with each subsequent mode reducing power and electrical systems. Its theoretical range is 99 miles but this can fall to 50-75 miles in winter. A standard plug takes about nine hours to completely charge the car from 0% but a supercharger can manage this in 30 minutes!

Volkswagen e-UP interior

Volkswagen e-UP. Image: Google UK

Verdict

As it is likely to cost around £22,500 before any Government grant helps out, it does seem rather expensive for what you get. However, the e-Up is a tidy vehicle if you mainly drive short distances and want to join the low carbon emissions revolution. Overall, the e-Up is a decent electric car but there are many better choices.

  • Rating 3.5/5
  • Cost: £22,500 ($37,000)
  • Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPG): 67.3MPG
  • Official Driving Range (Miles): 93 miles
  • Standard Charging Time (Hours): 9 hours or 30 minutes with supercharger
  • Practicality (Seats & Doors): 3 or 5 door hatchback
  • Engine Size: 1.0L I3 petrol, 60Kw electric motor
  • Engine Power: 54bhp with 210 Nm torque
  • Transmission: 5 speed manual; 5 speed automatic
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 12.4 seconds
  • Top Speed (mph): 84mph
  • NCAP Safety Rating: 5/5

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