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Car and Driving Independent New Review of the Volkswagen

Ten Second Review

The Volkswagen is an electric version of the popular Up car with a range of around 93 For a first stab at an EV, it s extremely but there are still nagging as to how it can justify itself on the balance against a more prosaic Up.


It s not just in comedy timing is key. Choosing to launch a new type of car is another where getting it just wrong can be disastrous. Instead of a response from a crowd, botching a major car launch in many millions in lost and years spent trying to lost ground. Volkswagen has far played a waiting game it s come to electric vehicles.

It has sat and let Nissan and Renault jump in invest big and see some rather returns.

Seeing big manufacturers electric vehicles to market conditions buyers minds. It that it s okay to buy an electric It s the future.

Having let Nissan and kindly do this task for big players like Volkswagen and are now lining up their wave of Volkswagen s first toe in the water is the a somewhat predictable choice as it s a car that can be easily adapted to an electric drive system. we get the jokes about it being first in Yorkshire out of the way good and

Driving Experience

The Volkswagen Up makes a great basis for an vehicle. The powerplant creates an of 82PS and 210NM of torque and low in the engine, drawing from the lithium ion battery pack weighs 230kg and is sited the floor area. This has and drawbacks.

The plus side is the centre of gravity is good and something you ll feel when the Up into a corner. The downside is whereas an entry-level petrol-powered Up around 929kg, this version tips the scales at a 1139kg. The sheer amount of available masks this quite well though, and the car off the line briskly, making from rest in 4.9s.

does tail off markedly 45mph or so which results in a to 62mph of 12.4 seconds. that this car s going to most of its time in urban that s not really a pressing

As well as a standard driving the e-up! has two economy profiles as Eco and Eco+ . Eco cuts the vehicle s power to 50 kW, reduces the output of the air system and modifies the throttle Eco+ limits maximum to 40 kW, further modifies the throttle and disables the air conditioning. On top of these operating modes, the range of the can be greatly influenced by regenerative There are five modes D, D1, D2, D3 and B. In D, the vehicle coasts when the is lifted. In each of the next lifting off the throttle pedal an increased level of regenerative

In D2, D3 and B, the brake lights are automatically when the driver s foot is from the throttle pedal.

If the extra weight means the e-Up rides better typical city streets its petrol counterpart. Refinement is good, as you d expect from a car no internal combustion engine. s just a background whine the electric motor and some and thump from the suspension but it s extremely serene and takes the out of nose-to-tail queuing.

The brakes are largely because Volkswagen has the energy recovery system to a where you choose between modes of energy recovery, the mildest which feels the gentlest drag (much leaving your handbrake on one to the most severe which leave you wondering if you ll get much use the brake pedal at all. It ll a bit of getting used to, but it s undoubtedly a fun to fiddle with given you have no gearchanging duties to

Design and Build

Externally, the can be identified by badges on the front and bootlid, as well as by distinctive LED daytime running lights, and Tezzle alloy wheels. But are details. Essentially, aside the lack of tail pipes, the e-Up is hard to identify looking for the badging. At just metres in length, 1.64 in width and 1.48 metres in the Up is one of the smallest four-seater city measuring a full 11cm than a rival Fiat

Clever packaging means interior space is maximised. The of 2.42m is one of the biggest in class, combines with that engine and lateral radiator to the front bulkhead and crash to shift forward too. s also decent room at the with a 251-litre boot a tad bigger than is typical in class, the e-Up sharing capacity with the petrol

The 923-litre capacity with the folded is marginally down due in to the higher floor height. The for charging the battery in the e-Up is behind the fuel filling

The interior is colourful, with upholstery edged in blue, the leather-covered steering wheel, and handbrake all have blue There s also the option of body-coloured panels. You need to fairly hard for the e-Up switchgear, but that means the design is clean and easy to get to with, featuring a compact pod for many of the minor controls.

s loads of storage and the cool three-spoke steering wheel an instrument cluster of impressive

Market and Model

You ll pay £19,250 for car after subtraction of the generous government grant for plug-in That s a couple of thousand than you d pay for an example of Renault s larger ZOE pure electric car 3 years worth of battery included but it s significantly less comparably-sized electric cars Citroen, Peugeot and Mitsubishi. You ll to allow a little extra for the wall box for home garage

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This provides a 3.6kW and can recharge a completely flat in six hours.

On top of the standard specification of the petrol-powered High up! model, includes luxuries such as front seats, cruise and the Maps and More navigation the e-up! adds a heated DAB digital radio with Sound Pack, City Braking system, rear sensors and an electronic climate system. As well as the standard connectivity and navigation functions of the up! s Maps and More device, the s unit includes charging location details, range (both one-way and round-trip) and charging management functions, the ability to pre-set the vehicle s heating or cooling for certain

Certain vehicle functions can be operated remotely using s Car Net services on an Apple iPhone or mobile device. The e-up! with a three-year Car Net subscription allows users to control or get on charging status, battery doors and lighting, driving climate control and the location of the

Cost of Ownership

The problem the faces that cars the Renault ZOE don t is that it has a conventional sibling that throws into sharp relief. you ll pay very little to fuel the around £1 per charge on a UK electricity tariff based on 30 miles per working day, would total up to about per month. In contrast, your fuel bill in a petrol car on that sort of mileage be around £70 per month.

So is saving £47 per month the inconvenience of owning a car that take some planning to a longer run at the weekend?

Then s the fact that a £47 saving a month over years comes to a mere which, given that the is over £5,000 more than the plushest five-door engined Up, rather casts a on its value proposition. In order to this expense, you d have to a lot more miles. Either you won t to or the e-Up won t be able to. Free charge entry is one recompense

Your range is around 93 if you drive it reasonably gently, to around 50 miles if you pedal it and run it with everything switched on, the 12v socket to boil a kettle.

A full charge takes than nine hours a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW household On top of this, all e-up!s have a DC circuit as standard. Using the Charging System (CCS), enables a flat battery to be to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, at levels of up to 40 kW a DC supply. Cables are provided to to both a standard UK three-pin and a CCS socket.


The e-Up is a tentative entry into the vehicle market by Volkswagen and for a timer, it s a really good As a sales proposition, I m not quite so I think the only way this car work out cost effective a petrol-engined model would be if it was quite extensively in a congestion zone from which it was Perhaps if you live in such a for example.

But then you run into the issue of how to the thing from your city accommodation. Is there a station nearby? What when that s occupied?

It all that for at least nine out of ten a petrol-engined Up makes a financially choice.

Of course, it would be to say that none of these are particularly Volkswagen s fault. The has taken the Up and modified it extremely to run on electric power — to the that this feels the car s most natural mode of Volkswagen may have come to the EV sector, but if the e-Up is anything to go by, it won t be before buying a small VW an internal combustion engine seem like a very odd to do.

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