If you’re looking for a nippy city car with exceptional green credentials, the Volkswagen e-up! deserves to be on your shortlist. Solidly built, surprisingly practically and very cost-effective to run, this little electric car has a lot to offer.
The compact and cute e-up! is a great choice for first-time drivers and those living in town. Its diminutive dimensions offer a distinct advantage in congested city situations; there are very few parking spaces that it can’t fit into with ease, for instance. With its chic looks too, it never fails to turn heads.
Unlike many electric cars, the e-up!’s battery is located beneath the bonnet, which means that space for rear-row travellers remains uncompromised. This smart hatch can comfortably accommodate four adults and offers a 251-litre luggage compartment.
The Volkswagen e-up! is fitted with an 82bhp electric engine that delivers a peak torque of 210Nm. This allows it to complete the 0-60mph sprint in a little more than 12 seconds, two seconds quicker than the fuel-powered model. It can also achieve up to 118 miles between charges – plenty for your daily commutes and the odd trip further afield. Meanwhile, charging at a rapid-charging point will have the battery at full capacity within 45 minutes.
A six-speaker audio system is installed as standard, featuring an AM/FM tuner and DAB radio. AUX and USB inputs are included, too, as is Bluetooth connectivity, which enables music streaming from compatible devices, as well as hands-free telephony. The e-up! has been awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP too and features driver aids like Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control, and Hill-hold Assist, which allows complete driver control whenever the engine is initiated on an incline.
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