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VOLKSWAGEN. An electric car that electrifies

FRANKLY, we’ve far too long for an alternative to the infernal The original electric city car has on London’s roads for a decade ferrying glum-looking owners for the zero-emissions dream was expensively the very first time drove it.

The Nissan LEAF the answer; it’s too big. The Smart has no back seats. The Twizy doesn’t have

For years we’ve been out for a user-friendly electric car that’s on gimmicks, strong on performance — and now, finally, we one.

Volkswagen’s first mainstream car, the e-Up (stop Yorkshire -folk) is ingenious. It the superb design of the regular Up — the best city car you can buy — and electrifies it, compromise-free. It seats five, and has a boot just one bottle of Badoit

It even has climate control, seats, cruise control and sat all as standard.

It hides its electric well. Volkswagen has purposefully it as standard-looking as possible. The giveaways are the bits on the badge, sparkly and a smart set of daytime-running LEDs.

Some will want to buy the for these alone.

Step and you still wouldn’t guess electric. It feels just a regular, slightly posher, Up. doesn’t want to put anyone off funny controls or undecipherable

While the G-Wiz comes a hefty price tag and can be worryingly to control, the Up has five Euro stars, stability control and a that automatically slams on the when pedestrians step out in of you. And there’s a high they will, given completely silent. To those new to the the quietness is very odd: the key, nothing happens. the auto-style gearlever into press the accelerator and simply away.

Not even a Rolls Royce is quiet.

Volkswagen did its test in reverse. The high-speed dual bit came first. We accelerated, surprising vigour, on to the A5 and sat at 70mph, with sales reps in Audi A4s. It was faultless.

EV has legs.

Then we got to the in-town where we discovered the e-Up is a bit of a GTI in Off the line, it’s quicker to than even the fastest Up. It produces 82hp but, puts out 154lbft of torque.

Its battery operation means all torques are delivered the moment you the accelerator — — the shoots from standstill a scalded cat. Seriously, not a supercar can dart into this sharply. Other may hoot you, but then have sped off so fast you be in their way for very long.

superb fun.

You can do all of this for 93 before the batteries go flat, Volkswagen — — and as a city car, this is more than enough for its use. Factor in all the free free recharging, zero charge, and it’s probably than the Tube in the long

There’s just one problem. It £24,250. The Government grant this to £19,250, but it’s an eyewatering upfront cost.

you’re in luck; Volkswagen has a deal for £199 a month. All you is £8,000 for the deposit — which, coincidentally is the same as the used to cost Even at price, I’d recommend it.


Aucock

works for motoringresearch.com.

THE FACTS: VOLKSWAGEN E-UP £24,250 0-62MPH: 12.4 TOP SPEED: 81mph CO2 G/KM: CHARGE DISTANCE: 93 miles THE DESIGN PERFORMANCE. PRACTICALITY. FOR MO

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