The updated version of the electric Volkswagen e-Up is here, and it’s one of the most affordable EVs on sale. Prices start at £19,695 on the road, including the government’s plug-in car grant.
For that, you get an electric car with real usable range. The updated e-Up is WLTP-rated for a range of 159 miles – a huge improvement on the 2014 model’s 83-mile rating.
A larger 32.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack offers close to twice the original’s 18.7kWh capacity.
The e-Up also comes with a host of updates common to the rest of the Up range. This includes a multi-function camera with lane-assist, curtain airbags and a smartphone integration cradle.
Standard on the range-topping e-Up will be heated front seats, a heated windscreen, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, heated door mirrors and cruise control.
Of course, there’s also Volkswagen’s new badge, along with 15-inch ‘Tezzle’ alloy wheels – exclusive to the e-Up. The electric Up can also be identified by its bespoke bumpers and C-shaped daytime running lights. Blue stripes across the grille and boot lid are also a giveaway.
“We are very pleased to have secured limited stock in the UK for this latest electric version of our popular city car,” said Tim O’Donovan, EV marketing manager at Volkswagen UK.
“With a proven electric powertrain, impressive range, and excellent value-for-money the e-Up is a zero-emissions city car that can venture far beyond the city limits.”