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VW E-Up (2013) CAR review

By Smy

First Drives

03 December 10:00

Fitting VW’s playful city car with an drivetrain makes perfect – and we now know it’ll cost in the UK when it goes on sale in The E-Up qualifies for the UK government’s EV grant, which is handy real price is a huge

‘Competitive’ is the word a VW spokesperson to describe the pricing for the new VW E-Up as was to a home crown advantage at Frankfurt motor show. with what? The electric Up has a sticker price between the Renault Zoe EV and one of the show’s stars, the BMW i3. starts at £25k.

The petrol Up! is a performer with loads of making it fun to drive, so can replacing its 1.0-litre three-cylinder with an motor deliver a decent or does it push the price and beyond common sense?

How long – and far – can I drive the VW E-Up?

The Up! makes 80bhp with an motor mounted on top of the front It’s teamed with an lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the rear and, thanks to the wheels of the Up! pushed to each corner, of the rear axle. It’s front-wheel drive, of course, and of the five-speed manual gearbox or automatic, there’s a single-speed offering two forward choices: D, for and B, for Braking. The driveline is capable of a range, after which need nine hours to it a full charge from a power socket (fast can achieve an 80 per cent charge in

It adds 210kg to the Up. but it’s a reasonable 1139kg, and its acceleration 0-62mph is 12.4-seconds, which it the quickest Up! You can buy. Top speed is – so you may save on speeding tickets…

How will my neighbours know I’m saving the planet?

They Refreshingly, the E-Up doesn’t its green credentials like the BMW i3 or the billboard for Toyota that is the If you live next door to a VW he might notice the front C-shaped DRLs, one-off alloys or the lack of an exhaust out beneath the E-Up’s trendy windscreen – or that he didn’t you leave for work at 6am thanks to the near silent progress.

it like to drive?

Almost as which means that easy and no-fuss in driving in areas, like Frankfurt, we test the E-Up on a wet morning. to the identical cabin, the driving is the same as the regular version with good all-round and the dash displays an eco-gauge brake-regeneration as well as a digital of the remaining range. The gearlever like a conventional auto, but as as D, there’s a switch in front of the with Normal, Eco and Eco Plus – Eco dropping power to 50kW, and Eco to 40kW, extending the range yet the throttle noticeably doughier.

You can also choose the amount of regeneration by selecting D1, D2 or D3. In the highest – D3 – suitable neck snapping on lift-off, so much that the lights come on…

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For the best response, select D and Normal – the setting – and the instant torque you’ll be racing scooters off the and breaking the speed limit realising it, as the drivetrain makes There’s little wind too, with faint noise the only backing to the Up’s perky nature. gaps, snappy lane – it was born to be thrown about in – and it doesn’t feel much around town than the Up.

It’s not quite as sharp, the steering is light, responsive and the is compliant yet not crashy, but the E-Up! have a tendency to understeer than we’re used to, and the pedal –perfectly capable of it Up – is a little hard. We didn’t onto the motorway, and VW expects not many owners will: car’s natural habitat is the and it’s brilliantly adept in playground.

What does it in terms of space?

The E-Up is in five-door form only, and you only a tiny mount of with its 250-litre boot which expands to 923 with the seats folded, only 28 than petrol versions’. Yet the same roominess for passengers, a six-foot passenger fits in the rear seat behind a sized driver.

How much does VW want for it – and why I want one?

Regardless of the E-Up is an excellent urban combining practicality, character, and costs like no other. Yet practicality is limited by its charging if you live in a flat in London, how far is the charging station – or will you be extension leads? While afflicts every electric car on right now, when at the zero-emission bunch in isolation, the VW alone may push people the Renault Zoe into the new electric Up, but its will be down to the price.

If halfway between the Zoe and i3 (VW hasn’t how close pricing will be to of these), then that’s a £20k ask. It’ll be sold in one trim level, loaded with sat-nav and seats, but it’s a massive more than the entry-level Up.


You’d have to a long way to make it economically – and urban dwellers don’t. So pause on our order, even if the E-Up is one of the most complete, and livable EVs on the menu so far.

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