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Jeremy Laird E-up! this EV is much better you might think

Nothing to see The pure-electric e-up! looks like the standard hatch

in November, we crowned BMW’s i3 the best electric car in Blighty – or else in the world, for that

Just a few months later, title is already under and from a surprising new entrant the EV market. It’s the new Volkswagen

Not surprising in the sense that it We’ve known the Volkswagen Was coming for some time. But in the sense that it turns out to be a compelling proposition.

That’s because the e-up! is an electric rehash of a conventional car. Much of the BMW i3’s is based on its ground-up, clean-sheet, engineering.

The i3, then, is the electric car design if free from all baggage. The e-up! is inherently compromised.

At this stage we need to throw the Renault Zoe the mix. It falls somewhere in the i3 and e-up! in terms of the purity of its

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Renault pitches it as an EV and through. And it does have sheet metal. It isn’t a Renault Clio with a big

But it is still derived from combustion car architecture.

It’s worth noting that the Renault is much more of a competitor to the £19,250 Volkswagen in terms of pricing, where the BMW i3 operates in a pricier part of the especially when you start lease deals.

That the remains more expensive the Zoe is partly down to differences in like battery leasing, but come to that in a moment.

and engineering

Get underneath the new Volkswagen and you begin to understand why this is no lash up. Our test drive from VW’s technical centre in Milton Keynes.

It’s here that main agent technicians about the nuances of looking electric cars. Handily, means an e-up! or two up on a ramp and a view of the bottom of the car.

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there you can see how the battery is essentially a slice forming the bottom of the Not a lump chucked in the boot up luggage space and knackering the distribution, then. Even if engineered the car from the very for electric power, the battery wouldn’t be any different.

The e-up!’s reveals a flat, fully-integrated pack

Whether you’d put the electric and single-speed reduction drive up or in the rear is an interesting question. BMW for rear installation and thus drive. But there are decent in terms of packaging and driving (specifically safety) to stick it all up

Anyway, the point is that it out the Volkswagen e-up! is probably as engineered for batteries as any other EV. is no lash up.

Elsewhere, the car comes as being pretty much to any other Volkswagen e-up! a slick, pretty well city car with an appealing and more space inside you’d merit from the exterior.

Oh, and finally, the e-up! is only in five-door trim.


start with the obvious The Volkswagen e-up! gets a great 230kg lithium pack. Actually, it’s not huge by EV standards. Batteries for cars are big.

So it’s an battery where both the Zoe and BMW i3 sport 22kWh packs. As for the it’s an 82hp item, makes the e-up! the most up! you can buy, albeit the heaviest,

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