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Up-ending your wallet

Sadly, Volkswagen has taken inspiration from Apple s business model too and lumbered its new e-Up with the price tag of a Passat .

You ll need a full £19,250 to get behind the wheel of VW s electric baby — and it s only that low due to the government s hefty £5,000 plug-in car grant. To offer some perspective, that s a full £6,170 more than the Rock Up special edition. already a car of questionable value when Ups start at £8,265.

It s also £5,800 more expensive than a Renault Zoe. and over £3,200 dearer than a Nissan Leaf — both cars with better performance than the e-Up s 12-second 0-60 time, greater interior space, and longer potential range.

For the latter, Volkswagen s offering manages a maximum potential range of 93 miles. That s par for the course these days but certainly nothing special, even if it manages that class-matching range with a relatively small 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. This can be charged in under nine hours from a standard household socket, or receive an 80 percent boost from a half-hour quick charge.

Stocking Up

A host of exterior changes enhance the Up s attractive form, with C-shaped LED daytime running lights and unique 15 Tezzle alloys, while inside you re treated to a natty white and blue interior colour scheme.

Equipment levels are high too — heated seats, cruise control, Maps More navigation (enhanced with electric car specific features), a heated windscreen, DAB six-speaker radio, City Emergency Braking, rear parking sensors and electronic climate control are all standard. For a full list, we d suggest picking up VW s no-doubt glossy brochure on the subject.

But even with all that kit, an eight-year battery warranty and 10,000-mile/one-year service intervals, the e-Up is simply too expensive.

Adding Up

Let s say you cover 10,000 miles per year in your city car. Let s also say you average 75 percent of that predicted range (70 miles), and squeeze 75 percent of the battery s full capacity in each time you charge — 14 kilowatt-hours.

Current Economy 7 electricity tariffs run to around 9.1 pence per kWh, so each 70-mile charge costs you just £1.27 — a bargain! At 10,000 miles per year, that s still only 181 quid in electricity. To do the same distance in a regular Up at 60 mpg would cost you £989 at today s average of 130.59 pence per litre.

Volkswagen up Electric Cars

Or £808 more.

But the e-Up is £6,170 more than the most expensive petrol-powered Up, so on fuel alone you d have to drive for over 7.5 years to make up the deficit. If you re a London-dweller that difference would close quicker — Congestion Charge can run to a couple of grand a year if you regularly slide into the city. And in reality, petrol prices will go up quicker than electricity — but the gap is still huge.

And if you just want a cheap city car, you can get a basic Up for eight grand — with a further £5,000-or-so gap to make up. All of which renders the e-Up pointlessly, frustratingly expensive.


Yes, we know there are other benefits to running an electric car — cleaner air, a smoother drive, better low-down performance — but if you wanted all those benefits then there s still that Zoe — or Smart s Fortwo Electric Drive. also cheap to buy and run. The Zoe and cheapest Smarts require a monthly battery fee, but this is less expensive the fewer miles you travel — and if you really are city-bound, you probably won t be covering 10k a year.

Expensive and unimpressive technically then, can the e-Up sell on image alone?

Orders begin on December 2nd and the first cars hit the road in late January — we ll see then whether the VW badge is strong enough to carry that price.

Volkswagen up Electric Cars
Volkswagen up Electric Cars
Volkswagen up Electric Cars

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