QuickCharge: Volkswagen e-Up!

The e-Up! is Volkswagen’s first modern production electric vehicle. It’s built on the multi-drivetrain Up! design which allows any drivetrain to be slotted into the car. In this case a 18.7kWh battery pack that is paired with a 60kW motor.

This set up actually gives the e-Up! the fastest acceleration of any car in the Up! range with a 0 – 62 mph time of 12.4 seconds. If you think that is a tad on the long side, do keep in mind this really is a proper city car and the fastest internal combustion engined Up! takes nearly a full second longer.

But what does Nikki think about the car having just got behind the wheel:

A wonderful site in what is a smaller – and arguably more basic – electric car than others on the market is the on-the-fly adjustable regen. By waggling the ‘gear stick’ left and right a driver can go from no regen coasting to heavy regen that pretty much allows one-pedal driving.

The e-Up! uses the combined charging system (CCS), that’s a Type 2 (Mennekes) connector with two extra pins for rapid DC charging. The 3.6kW onboard charger allows for up to 16A single phase charging that should add roughly 10 miles per hour. Total range of the car is 99 miles on the NEDC cycle which, we think, should translate to around 60 – 70 miles of real-world range.

What did Mark think:

The e-Up! is priced at £19,250 including the UK Government’s £5000 grant.

What are your first impressions of the e-Up!? Is it a car you would consider? Let us know below.


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  • Dennis Pascual

    Interesting that Volkswagen went with the detachable navigation. This is similar to the Fiat 500e. When I first test drove the car around its initial launch, the first set of vehicles were shipped to dealer without the navigation and the dealers expected to receive the system in a “few” days.

  • Richard Glover

    The price of the E-UP is a major problem for me on the principle that it is 3x the base model Take-up! and 2x an automatic 5-door High-up!nnI have seen many comments about ev being used for other than they were designed for, i.e. early on all ev seemed to be classed as city cars. Now surely the manufactures know that many drivers want to put in substantial mileage and use them wherever they like. nnVW perhaps feel as a dedicated city car the price is justified and of course it is their prerogative. However it is a STITCH-UP when they selling a vehicle which attracts a government grant.

  • u010eakujem

    I like the e-up and I could genuinely see myself owning one, but it’s still too expensive for the given range in my opinion, all things considered.