Volkswagen eup! – Designed for the City

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Volkswagen e-up! – Designed for the City

Mike Bourne | 19th December 2013

Volkswagen’s electric e-up! has arrived amidst constantly improving charging infrastructure in the UK. So does that make the new e-up! all the more feasible to own? Let’s find out.

The New e-up!

Britain’s charging network is getting better by the day. And it seems that e-up! has arrived just in time. We recently grabbed an opportunity to cruise this all-electric VW model around on UK roads.

The first news that we are going to break to you might put you off for once. It is priced at around £19,250, which is definitely nothing close to being cheap. This price is including the £5,000 grant from the Government and makes it more expensive than the bigger Renault ZOE with similar specs by £5,000.

The e-up! is quite comfortable and exciting to drive; quite similar to its petrol counterpart. It does feel a lot more sophisticated though. Its expensive price and limited driving range, however, are expected to restrict the number of potential buyers.

Nevertheless, if you are someone looking forward to take a plunge into the world of EVs, then e-up! seems to be the one with a distinct spark of genius.

The Appearance

One thing that’s different about the e-up! is that it never brags about its zero carbon emission aspect. e-up! and the regular up! can be told apart due to the former’s C-contour LED front lamps, aerodynamically optimised alloy disks and subtle brand badges in their blue frame.

The dashboard and centre console are straightaway taken from the standard up. making the easily operable controls quite familiar.

The 81bhp electric motor, weighing 210kg, sits beneath the floor between the axles. It, consequently, doesn’t hog on boot capacity, making 250l baggage space available.

The e-up! offers a 93-mile range on full charge, almost at par with close rivals. This electric version is dexterous at handling, ensures minimum body roll while cornering and is as sprightly as the 74bhp petrol variant.

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e-up!’s regenerative brakes end up grabbing slightly under the most aggressive setting out of the five. However, you hardly ever need to push the pedal as soon as you get off the throttle, in stop-start road traffic.

There are two eco modes engineered to aid increasing the driving range by restricting the power generated by the electric motor. However, even when these modes are selected, you have to struggle to notice any remarkable difference in the 81bhp motor’s performance.

Press the throttle gently and this electric up! version surges away in total silence. It can go from standstill to 62mph in 12.4 seconds, which is 0.8s quicker than petrol model. The initial acceleration is decent; however, it does have to struggle past 40mph.

But this is not a vehicle you would want to drive on a motorway, even though it can travel at a maximum speed of a sound 81mph. The noises from the tyre and wind are prominently felt largely due to the absence of any sound from the engine.


The e-up. however, happily thrives within the city, its designated habitat. So, if the metropolitan rush hour is the most that you are habituated to, then e-up! might just be your cup of tea.

This article is written by Michael Bourne who has 17 years experience in the tyre industry. Michael is Marketing Director for National Tyres and Autocare, the UK’s largest independent tyre retailer. Michael also sits on the steering committee of the influential not-for-profit safety organisation, TyreSafe.

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