Volkswagen eUp! review (2014 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Volkswagen e-Up! review onwards)

Volkswagen e-Up.

The Volkswagen e-Up! not only zero-emissions appeal but is a refined, car in its own right. The price, however, is


Volkswagen e-Up. impressions

Ey up! There’s now an all-electric Up! on sale in the UK, the first mainstream VW to be launched here. Barely from a standard Up! (LED lights and some blue to the badges are the giveaway), it’s with bringing electric (EV) motoring to VW buyers who the brand but don’t want odd, standout or different.

The is among the nippiest city you can buy

So, although it’s a pure EV, largely pure Up. Think city car with a convenient transmission and the equipment levels akin to a luxury-car spec You don’t need to learn any tricks to drive it, don’t to master a brochure to understand the dash is telling you, even have to adapt driving style if you don’t to.

VW says it’s the compromise-free way to EV motoring.

Thing is, the e-Up! is a car has raised eyebrows not for all this, but for its price. This is a £19,250 car – and that’s after the government £5k Car grant. Volkswagen justifies it by the the engineering, the promise of latest-gen car sophistication… but also admits it be a niche model.

Unlike the Nissan LEAF, isn’t seeking volume this car. Instead, the is intended to introduce us gently to the idea of electric motoring.

And so we a five-door Up! with an 82hp motor and floor-mounted lithium-ion There are no battery lease (partly explaining the price), no tricks to learn – and if you love the but find it too pricey, Volkswagen sell you one for £199 a month if able to stump up a £7k deposit. The Up! is a five-star car for MSN Cars; the key to the e-Up!’s will thus be how it performs…

Volkswagen e-Up. performance

The on tap in an e-Up! proves quite As with all electric cars, it maximum pulling power the off, which makes it like you’ve got a Golf GTI up front – it really does up and go with hilarious vibrancy. The say it’s nearly a second to 62mph than the most petrol Up!; more is the fact it accelerates from 50% faster than the regular

Because it has a single-speed that diesel-like 154lb ft of is delivered in one strong and continuous and because it’s an instantly EV, there’s not a moment of delay you press the throttle. Even turbo Golf GTI can’t this sharply.

Both of traits come into own in town: the e-Up! is among city cars you can buy. See a just go for it: the car will zip along the ebb and flow of town driving At roundabouts, this makes it responsive and, in the nip and tuck of traffic, you sense only a could move faster.

In driving mode, there’s engine braking – unlike in the BMW i3. off the accelerator doesn’t significantly the e-Up. Unless, that is, you it to: tap the gear lever to the right to D1, D2 and D3 modes, for progressively more (battery-charging) braking. There’s a ‘B’ mode for maximum braking – bypassing the need to use the brake at all, as engine braking the e-Up! to a standstill.


Volkswagen e-Up. and handling

The powerful electric challenges the e-Up!’s handling in a way: despite traction control, you’re conscious of the tug on the front tyres you’re booting it. This is entertaining and makes it feel a GTI pocket rocket.

The don’t compromise space at and it even has a 250-litre boot

The feel helps here, as an agile chassis which neat handling and a tidy It’s not over-stiff and will into corners, but work the e-Up! and a combination of compactness and the of being well sorted it a very sweet car to drive.

You can at however, feel the effect of low-mounted batteries on the chassis – in hard into a corner and the transfer of 230kg of lithium-ion gives a little wobble on the end, a bit like the weight in a rear-engined Porsche 911. not dangerous but does remind you is an 1,139kg car that you can’t throw around with the you do in the standard 929kg car.

The weight does enhance the though, particularly in town there’s a welcome feeling of suppleness over bumps. The it rides them so quietly, such a feeling of solidity, helps; it gets a bit more at speed but remains composed and

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Volkswagen e-Up.

Volkswagen has decked the e-Up! an equipment list befitting a car: everything is standard, touchscreen sat-nav, DAB stereo, City Emergency Braking, control, cruise control, sensors, heated seats and a heated windscreen.

It therefore has those target suburban demand, and it’s all fitted the Up!’s familiar, cheery, interior. It doesn’t quite Golf levels of substance or quality, but it is well assembled and designed. Everything is clear and to use, the dials make and the driver-training Think Blue is a useful way of judging your credentials and driving style.

Superb – it’s of course as it’s an EV, but Volkswagen has also sure the characteristic whine of an EV Little noise from the and tyres gives it an extremely feel at lower speeds; the significant intrusion at speed perfectly, indeed surprisingly at 80mph) is thus wind

The e-Up! only comes in guise, something you sense VW has to showcase how impressive interior is. The batteries don’t compromise it at and it even has a 250-litre boot identical to the standard car’s regular one is 251 litres: what’s a of space between friends?).

Two cables come as standard, live in a bag in the lower half of the boot. There’s no spare just a compressor kit. The lives where the petrol filler flap does – and the plug is the same as on a BMW i3, Smart ED and Zoe (rather than the alternative Nissan uses on the LEAF).

Volkswagen e-Up. economy and

As with most EVs, says the range is up to 100 miles; in the NEDC driving test, rated at between 75 and 99 miles. The charge up in nine hours a conventional plug, or from to 80% full in 30 minutes using a charger. Oh, and if you’re after the economical’ electric car on sale, no further: the e-Up!’s average of 11.7kWh/100km is better than any EV yet launched.

Because the e-Up! is a city car, fitting the brake assist City System as standard is a real boon. Particularly as the silence of the car unaware pedestrians may see it used often than you’d

Volkswagen e-Up. the MSN Cars

The range is an issue, of course, but be: because it’s so clearly on the city, the need to push the between charges shouldn’t be Which just leaves the issue of price… yes, the inevitably looks expensive at after government grants. A Zoe starts at £13k (after but before battery lease) a posher carbonfibre BMW i3 will set you around £26k.

Being an adopter ain’t cheap.

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