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As you’ve probably guessed the name, the Volkswagen e-Up is an version of the popular Up city

21 January 2014

As you’ve guessed from the name, the e-Up is an electric version of the Up city car.

Instead of the 1.0-litre petrol engine the bonnet there’s an 80bhp AC motor. That’s powered by a pack mounted in the car’s which takes around hours to fully charge flat via a household 230-volt Using a faster wallbox it takes six hours.

Two charging are supplied with the e-Up, in a compartment under the boot One can connect to a standard three-pin and the other to a larger Combined System DC socket for faster – up to 80 percent charge from in 30 minutes, according to VW.

Boot itself is not greatly different the regular Up thanks to the batteries’ low in the floor, although there’s no space for a spare wheel – the gets a tyre foam and kit instead.

Although the regular Up is available either three or five all e-Up versions have a body and one equipment level on the range-topping ‘High Up’ petrol

That means there’s of kit as standard including cruise heated seats and VW’s More’ portable sat-nav and unit. The e-Up also a few extra toys of its own as standard climate control, rear sensors, DAB radio, a heated and a low-speed automatic emergency system. It’s still audio controls on the steering though.

How does it feel to

As with the majority of electric it’s very quiet and away silently from It’s a testament to the regular soundproofing and general refinement once you’ve picked up there’s very little road or wind noise, at dual carriageway speeds – impressive given that says there have no extra soundproofing measures to the e-Up.

Although the e-Up is a bit heavier than its petrol (the battery pack a hefty 230kg) it retains neat handling characteristics. In if anything the e-Up is more fun to than the petrol version to the electric motor’s greater (210Nm versus 95Nm for the top car) which means sprightlier acceleration on tap.

The battery pack’s position for a low centre of gravity, which the e-Up can still tackle with reasonable agility and the excellent ride quality bumps is actually even

Perhaps the biggest credit can be paid to the electric Up is just how it feels on the road. Lack of noise apart, it doesn’t hugely different from its counterpart.

Not at home on the range

One area in which it does different, however, is that old car chestnut: range anxiety.

it’ll happily cruise at that does mean the range diminishes at an alarming At that road speed almost possible to see the needle on the energy gauge (in the usual gauge’s place on the instrument swing downwards with the eye.

According to the display, our 30-mile drive drained more half of the batteries’ power. In that was over a route an extended amount of dual running at 60mph or more (in and the 50mph bracket is the e-Up’s spot for energy consumption) and the took place on a cold day, which reduces the effectiveness. Furthermore the air-conditioning was up and so, occasionally, was the heated driver’s

Volkswagen suggests an estimated of between 74 and 102 miles in summer and 49 and 75 miles in winter.

To help the consume as little energy as there are three selectable modes: Standard, Eco and Eco+. Eco the motor’s power, dampens the response and restricts the air-con while Eco+ further the power and completely disables the and air-con.

There are also levels of regenerative braking, the electric motor slows the car the accelerator pedal is lifted and the energy used in the process to recharge the battery. The three powerful modes cause the lights to be triggered when from the accelerator; in fact, the extreme mode creates a quite powerful braking and you frequently find yourself the car using one pedal only.

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Of course, when the battery is there’s no regenerative braking Particularly crafty e-Up with a hilly commute charge the battery to 80 percent or so the night and then make up the of the charge on downhill stretches on the way to

Is it worth your cash?

no getting away from the that £24,250 (plus an £500 for the ‘Night Blue’ paint on this particular car) is an awful lot of money to on a Volkswagen Up – although the government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant can the asking price to £19,250.

that price is steep, very competitive against electric hatchbacks such as the Zoe and Nissan Leaf, and considerably than the more premium BMW i3.

Leaving the price tag to one side for a though, the VW e-Up is one of the more and convincing pure electric on the market at the moment.

Its sheer and unobtrusiveness is a big plus point. the Nissan Leaf it’s easy and ‘ordinary’ to drive but the Leaf it looks ordinary too less polarising styling. The outward clues that it is an car, apart from the ‘e’ on the boot, is a blue border the VW badges front and rear and a alloy wheel design, to improve aerodynamics.

Unlike Zoe, where the battery is separately from the car at a monthly the e-Up’s battery is sold as of the car so if you own the car, you own the battery.

Bear in however, that when the comes to the end of its life at some in the future it will be expensive to

Naturally the zero tailpipe means there’s nothing to pay in tax (or BIK tax for company car drivers until the tax year).

If your commute doesn’t a great deal of dual running and you don’t mind the occasional game of range you may well be able to make the sums add up.

Volkswagen’s sales are modest but as a low-key, practical to the EV market the VW e-Up does its job well indeed.

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