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VW e-Up! review: All an electric car to be

The latest entry into the world of electric cars is VW e-Up! Boasting a no frills to petrol-free motoring, it takes a approach to the automotive tech we rather like.

So how does the Up! against its other slightly expensive rivals? Is it all an electric car to be? Or does the technical wizardry of the BMW i3 justify the cost?

Design and

First of all, a bit of review-based As much as we like VW’s use of exclamation marks in the e-Up!’s lets just stick to Up for review.

In terms of build, the Up is answer to the Fiat 500. designed to be as small and stripped as a city car can be, while still some of the brand’s signature quality.

The big deal here is the design of the standard Up remains the in the electric car. A few hints, a special set of alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights this car as the electric offering.

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LED daytime running sit on the front

Crucially, VW has managed to the car’s electric power into the Up without a huge of boot space being Rear passenger leg room and space also remain

Standard on the e-Up is VW’s and More’ infotainment system. it isn’t comparable to the far more units found on top-end and BMW cars, it is a fantastic piece of kit to see on a car at price point.

Essentially, it like a beefed up aftermarket made especially for the Up. Navigation, with voice-based directions in the case of the e-Up, charge-point is included.

Then you have a to browse music stored on cards as well as manage phone connections.

The Up will allow you to both phone calls over as well as stream music. you can pair two separate devices at so music can be streamed from one and made from the other.


The e-Up’s ‘maps and more’ system

Unique to the e-Up is a management and monitoring system shows in detail where all the electricity is going.

What you get is the rather incredible i-Drive found in BMW’s i3, or the slick Leaf’s start-up animation on the car’s dash. It’s a really, as it stops the e-Up feeling anywhere near as

Instead, the only thing to hint at the e-Up’s electric car is the fuel readout on the dash replaced with a battery and the rev-counter instead showing the of battery regeneration and drain.


Tucked away on the center console are two buttons, one the word ‘eco’ and the other ‘eco+’.

These two modes reduce the of power output in the motor to maximise the e-Up’s total (100 miles on one charge is the max). In standard eco mode, drops from 60 to 50kw, Eco+ drops things to 40kw.

Switching between modes, you barely notice a — bar periods of heavy In city driving, Eco+ is acceptable and drastically increases

More significant a difference in the way the drives can be made using its regenerative braking.

Once you the car into D, it’s possible to switch between three driving modes. Each (D1, D2 and D3), gradually the amount of regenerative braking on Turned up full whack, you can drive the car without braking, putting charge back the battery every time you off the accelerator.

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The dash on the

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The effect is largely the same as on the BMW i3. It takes some practice, but in the you can drive the e-Up completely a single pedal. In the city, makes it perfect.

A special ‘B’ drive requires one click of the gear back in order to activate. makes regenerative braking enough to bring the car to a complete when you lift off the accelerator It might not be for everyone, but this us as the best way to drive the Up.

Just a on charging. As was the case with the Leaf, you get two different charging one for main AC charging and the other an optional VW wallbox. Expect nine hours for a full from flat on a domestic and six on the VW box.

In the end, the e-Up’s drive is all it needs to be. You plug the car in, it and go. The lack of electronic bells and only acts to further the car’s money-saving credentials.


The VW e-UP! features two charging

Taking the e-Up out on test, it like it was the ultimate money-saving perfectly suited to urban and having the added bonus of eco friendly. Living with one for a and not spending a single penny on or congestion charging fees be very rewarding indeed.

The ticks almost every box that an electric car needs to. up, it will save you money. VW implement any of the silly battery schemes of competitors, so aside paying for the car, you really (theoretically at least) spend else on running it.

That the e-Up lacks some of special something that the of the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf have. It really ‘feels’ like an car, aside from dead silent when it

Some would argue, electric cars being on the edge of technology right they need every of tech a company can throw at it.

Of there is the opposite to this which is that they are an exercise in being eco-friendly, so batteries are all you should be after. If you are one of the it strikes us as the perfect vehicle for

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