First drive review Volkswagen eUp! (2013) Sunday Times Driving

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First drive review: e-Up! (2013)

THE e-Up! is an electric version of the Up. Volkswagen’s applauded city car. the latest mainstream model to before us in a cloud of missionary evangelically urging us all to throw off the shackles of range anxiety and our human fear of milk and embrace the advancing plausibility of transport. Fine.

So let’s a weekend at it and see how evangelical it feels

My fresh, white e-Up! on the back of a lorry one Friday looking like, well, a Up. albeit with no exhaust That stealthiness is potentially a big point. Most of us don’t want to go around feeling Dan Dare (or at any rate, not all the time) and it to reason that electric will really have a at catching on only when start looking like any car.

The meter on the dashboard me that I’m good for 71 miles of all-electric action before the will need charging Fortunately, then, this not to be a weekend when I need to 65 miles into Essex to relatives — although, in fairness, that round trip not rule out the e-Up. given I could top up the battery while I was

However, in the absence of a fast-charging refuelling this car from a household plug takes nine hours, and no disrespect to my with whom obviously always lovely to spend but I quite like to be in and out a bit quicker that.

Also, do relatives you borrowing their electricity to up your car? There are new areas of social interplay that in these hesitant days of the electric revolution we even begun to explore.

So the starts for the e-Up! post-school on the night with the car in a basic call-out requiring it to collect nine-year-old girls from a pool in south London and them to their respective The nine-year-old girls tiresomely the range by insisting on the use of Capital FM and the back seats with a of Lucozade Sport and crisp But the e-Up! proves itself in heavy traffic and pleasingly off the mark and is back to base in short order.

On the Saturday morning I read a story in The Times about the of uptake thus far for much of the electric vehicle infrastructure, installed by councils. Some charging points have yet to be at all.

But isn’t it the point this stuff is for the future? And everyone’s going over to mother’s house at the weekend and their electricity from To be honest, I haven’t got a lot of time to the implications of this news my weekend is catching fire and now got to go to a supermarket to pick up an ironing

Can the e-Up! take a boxed board? I collapse the twin seats and slide the board OK, it impedes access to the handbrake and the only just closes. But in.

Chalk one up to the electric future.

afternoon brings a football in the neighbouring borough of Hammersmith and I go online, wondering whether in an electric car will excuse me the council’s amusingly opportunistic parking charges.

Alas, the borough appears to offer owners a variety of concessions and including access to some no entirely unused charging you’ll need to sign up and pay an fee and I’m only there for the football. I park and grudgingly tip the usual bank’s-worth of loose change the ticket machine. Don’t know that I’m a beacon of who should be encouraged in my inner- travellings, not stung for them?

On the side the car gets three there and back in silent without fouling the borough’s and Chelsea win 2-1. More to the e-Up!.

On Sunday morning I a recently replaced ironing that needs disposing of. now I come to look in the garden, broken pots, a random an old wicker basket, a split a set of destroyed table tennis a number of bin liners containing items of dubious provenance and a cushion mysteriously left since about July and now reminiscent of the bloated carcass of a impala.

This surely will that irritatingly perky mark off the e-Up!’s badge. But no. rear seats flattened and passenger seat tipped it all gets in. Furthermore the car barely to notice.

Indeed I begin to how in the most frugal of its three modes the regenerative braking as you lift your foot the accelerator, making driving the car a one-pedal operation.

It turns out I am not the person who has had the idea of devoting to visiting the tip. However, I am the one in an e-Up. As they queue for the bins, most of my fellow are carelessly poisoning the atmosphere in 4x4s and recognising no irony at


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On the drive home I celebrate by a couple of miles off the battery to Radio 5 Live. True, stations pick up interference the motor and the car now smells faintly of impala, but the e-Up! still a heartening and uncomplicated place to be.

And bar another taxi call-out to the and back, was pretty much my The e-Up! was ready to go another 31 but I say there’s only so much fun a man can And what did I learn?

That car will do almost anything I except go a long way, and of the time clearly, as a city-dweller, I need to go a long way.

beyond range anxiety a greater mental barrier: anxiety. With the government in the first £5,000 the e-Up! out at £19,250, which even if you at it, seems a perplexing amount to pay for a box car. There’s no denying it works, though.

And no denying the future just got a little bit

Verdict ★★★★☆

Something for the and beyond


The rivals

Leaf Visia, £20,990 £5,000 grant)

For:  and more practical than an has a choice of three trim respectable performance Against:  Not pretty; plasticky interior; anxiety an issue on a winter’s with a fully laden car

Volkswagen e-Up![226]
Volkswagen e-Up![226]
Volkswagen e-Up![226]
Volkswagen e-Up![226]
Volkswagen e-Up![226]
Volkswagen e-Up![226]
Volkswagen e-Up![226]
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