Volkswagen Volkswagen Up Electric Hatchback 60kW E-Up 32kWh 5dr Auto

Trip computer
Rev counter
Digital clock
Speed sensitive power steering
Multifunction computer
Lane assist
Multifunction camera with lane assist
One touch indicators
Rocker switch for drive mode selection
Speedometer, electronic odometer and fuel gauge
Socket AC Type 2
Volkswagen connect
Multifunction display with control
E-Vehicle information via 'Maps + More' smartphone integration
Galvanished body
Type 2 mode 3 32 amp charging cable
Start/stop function with battery regeneration
6 metre charging cables of Type 2 mode 2/G (10A) charging cable
6 metre charging cables of 16amp AC cable for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3)
Start/stop function with battery regeneration and Energy recovery (brake energy recuperation with four energy recuperation levels)
6 speakers
Smartphone interface navigation system
Composition colour system with 5" screen, DAB, AUX in socket, SD card, MP3/WMA/AAC, 4 X 20W, bluetooth, audio connection and USB connectivity
Smartphone answering button on multifunction steering wheel with audio over the vehicle speaker system
Electric front windows
Rear wash/wipe
Heated rear window
Body colour door handles
Antenna
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured door mirrors
Black radiator grille
Dusk sensor + auto driving lights
Heated front windscreen
Manually dimming rear view mirror
Rear fog lights
Windscreen wipers intermittent wipe
High level 3rd brake light
Chrome trim on air conditioning panel
Halogen clear headlights with integrated indicators and range adjustable
Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
Sports bumpers with air intakes and honeycomb structure
e-up Badge on Front doors and rear tailgate
Blue stripe on lower radiator grille and tailgate
Halogen clear headlights with integrated indicators and front 'C' signature LED daytime running lights
Volkswagen roundel with blue and chrome strips below bonnet lip
Fusion cloth upholstery
Carpet mats
Height adjustable steering wheel
Glovebox
Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan
Luggage compartment lighting
Delay courtesy light function
Sun visors with mirrors
Driver seat height adjustment
Front head restraints
Luggage compartment cover
Jack and tool kit
12V accessory power point in centre console
Leather handbrake lever
Cooled glovebox
Front + rear carpet mats
Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
2 zone electronic climate control
Headlining in Light grey
Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x2)
Sound generator
Storage compartment in front doors
2 cup holders in the front and rear centre console
Height adjustable front passenger seat
Leather gearshift knob
Interior light delay
Multifunction leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
Folding front seat backrest release on front passenger seat
Light grey roof lining
Two rear seats with 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
Front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
2 zone electronic climate control with allergen filter
Drivers and front passengers easy entry sliding seat with memory function
Winter pack - Up
Cruise and park pack - Up
Light and sight pack - Up
City emergency braking pack with cruise control - Up
Light and sight pack - E-Up
Winter pack - E-Up
Styling pack - E up
Cruise and rear park pack - Up
Anti-lock brake system
Front disc brakes
Rear drum brakes
3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
Two 3 point rear seatbelts
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
Electronic stabilisation programme with electronic differential lock + traction control
Hill hold control
Front side airbags with curtain airbags
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Engine drag torque control
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
Volkswagen roadside assistance
Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
High tone horn
3 point seatbelts/outer rear seats with ECE label
Anti-lock braking system with EDL, EBD + TCS
Warning buzzer and light for front and rear seat belts if unfastened
Locking fuel filler cap
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Chrome-plated light switch surround
Chrome surrounds to the air vents, radio controls and air conditioning
Tyre mobility system
Low rolling resistance tyres
15" Tezzle alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
CO2 0
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1
Compression Ratio 1910
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 370
Gears 1
Transmission Automatic
Combined 160.90
Urban 160.90
Extra Urban 160.90
Badge Engine CC 1
Badge Power 82.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 11.52
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 11.90
Engine BHP 82.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1160
Engine Torque 0.00
Top Speed 81
Front Tyres 165/65 R15
Rear Tyres 165/65 R15
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1507
Length 3600
Wheel Base 2417
Width 1645
Fuel Tank Size
Weight 1530
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1160
Towing Weight Unbraked
Number Of Seats 4

Ten Second Review

The Volkswagen e-up! is an electric version of the popular up! city car with a now-longer WLTP-rated range of around 159 miles. It remains a strong package, but after a glance at the asking price, you might wonder how it can justify itself on the balance sheet against a more conventional petrol-powered up! That's what we're here to find out.

Background

Shall we get the jokes about this car being trialled first in Yorkshire out of the way good and early? Let's get to the facts here. Back in 2014, the e-up! was Volkswagen's first toe in the water when it came to electric cars. Back then, the battery range was rated at just 83 miles - and that was on the old, rather unrealistic NEDC cycle. Today's e-up! can, in real terms, go almost twice as far, thanks to a larger lithium-ion battery pack and it's been much improved in terms of comfort and safety. As it needed to be to combat the new wave of small battery-powered models now hitting the market. Should this one be on your shopping list? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The Volkswagen up! actually makes a great basis for an electric vehicle. The powerplant sits low in the car, a lithium-ion battery pack that in this revised model has almost doubled in capacity, up from 18.7kWh to 32.3kWh. The fact that this battery weighs 230kg and is sited under the floor area has benefits and drawbacks. The plus side is that the centre of gravity is good and low, something you'll feel when tipping the up! into a corner. The downside is that whereas an entry-level petrol-powered up! weighs around 929kg, this electrically-powered version tips the scales at nearly 200kgs more. The sheer amount of torque available masks this fact quite well though, and the car steps off the line briskly, making 37mph from rest in around 5 seconds. Acceleration does tail off markedly above 45mph or so though, but given that this car's going to spend most of its time in urban areas, that's not really a pressing concern. As well as a standard driving mode, the e-up! has two economy profiles as standard: 'Eco' and 'Eco+'. 'Eco' cuts the vehicle's peak power to 50 kW, reduces the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the throttle response. 'Eco+' limits maximum power to 40 kW, further modifies the throttle response and disables the air conditioning. On top of these different operating modes, the range of the e-up! can be greatly influenced by regenerative braking. There are five modes available: D, D1, D2, D3 and B. In D, the vehicle coasts when the accelerator is lifted. In each of the next levels, lifting off the throttle pedal provides an increased level of regenerative braking. In D2, D3 and B, the brake lights are automatically activated when the driver's foot is lifted from the throttle pedal. If anything, the extra weight means that the e-up! rides better over typical city streets than its petrol counterpart. Refinement is very good, as you'd expect from a car with no internal combustion engine. There's just a background whine from the electric motor and some bump and thump from the suspension but otherwise it's extremely serene and takes the stress out of nose-to-tail queuing.

Design and Build

Externally, the e-up! can be identified by badges on the front wings and bootlid, as well as by distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and 15-inch 'Tezzle' alloy wheels. But these are details. Essentially, aside from the lack of tail pipes, the five-door e-Up is hard to identify without looking for the badging. At just 3.54 metres in length, 1.64 metres in width and 1.48 metres in height, the Up is one of the smallest four-seater city cars, measuring a full 11cm shorter than a rival Fiat Panda. Clever packaging means that interior space is maximised. The wheelbase of 2.42m is one of the biggest in class, which combines with that compact engine and lateral radiator to allow the front bulkhead and crash structures to shift forward too. There's also decent room at the back, with a 251-litre boot being a tad bigger than is typical in this class, the e-Up sharing this capacity with the petrol cars. The 923-litre capacity with the seats folded is marginally down due in part to the higher floor height. The port for charging the battery in the e-Up is hidden behind the fuel filling flap. The interior is colourful, with bespoke upholstery edged in blue, while the leather-covered steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake all have blue stitching. There's also the option of painted body-coloured panels. You need to look fairly hard for the e-Up specific switchgear, but that means the cabin design is clean and easy to get to grips with, featuring a compact centre pod for many of the minor controls. There's loads of storage and the cool dished three-spoke steering wheel frames an instrument cluster of impressive functionality.

Market and Model

You'll pay just over £20,000 for this car after subtraction of the generous £2,500 government grant for plug-in cars. As would be expected, that's not too much different a cost from that which has been applied to this model's two identically-engineered Volkswagen Group design stablemates, SEAT's MIi Electric and the Skoda Citigoe iV. As you'd expect given that this is a city car-sized model, the asking price is quite a lot less than you'd pay for an example of Renault's slightly larger ZOE pure electric car. And it's significantly less than other supermini-sized EV models like the Peugeot e208 and the Vauxhall Corsa-e. You'll want to allow a little extra for the optional wall box for home garage use. This provides a 3.6kW supply and can recharge a completely flat battery in six hours. The standard e-up! specification is roughly equivalent to that of a range-topping petrol-powered up! model and includes luxuries such as heated front seats, cruise control and the Maps and More navigation system. Plus the e-up! adds a heated windscreen, DAB digital radio with six-speaker Sound Pack, the City Emergency Braking system, all-round parking sensors and an electronic climate control system. As well as the standard Bluetooth connectivity and navigation functions of the petrol-powered up!'s Maps and More device, the e-up!'s unit includes charging point location details, range mapping (both one-way and round-trip) and vehicle charging management functions, including the ability to pre-set the vehicle's interior heating or cooling for certain times. Certain vehicle functions can also be operated remotely using Volkswagen's Car Net services on an Apple iPhone or Android mobile device. The e-up! comes with a three-year Car Net subscription that allows users to control or get information on charging status, battery management, doors and lighting, driving data, climate control and the location of the vehicle.

Cost of Ownership

The problem the e-up! faces that cars like the Renault ZOE don't is that it has a conventional petrol-engined sibling that throws costs into sharp relief. True, you'll pay very little to 'fuel' the e-up!; around £1 per charge on a typical UK electricity tariff based on about 30 miles per working day, which would total up to about £23 per month. In contrast, your monthly fuel bill in a petrol car based on that sort of mileage would be around £70 per month. So is saving £47 per month worth the inconvenience of owning a car that would take some planning to undertake a longer run at the weekend? Then there's the fact that a £47 fuel saving a month over three years comes to a mere £1,692, which, given that the e-up! is over £5,500 more expensive than the plushest five-door petrol-engined up!, rather casts a shadow on its value proposition. In order to justify this expense, you'd have to cover a lot more miles. Either you won't want to or the e-up! won't be able to. Free congestion charge entry is one recompense though. Your WLTP-rated driving range in this model is now around 159 miles if you drive it reasonably gently, but that'll drop to well under 100 miles if you pedal it hard and run it with everything switched on, using the 12v socket to boil a kettle. A standard full charge takes less than nine hours from a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW household socket. On top of this, all e-up!s have a DC fast-charging circuit as standard. Using the Combined Charging System (CCS), this enables a flat battery to be charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, at levels of up to 40 kW using a DC supply. Cables are provided to connect to both a standard UK three-pin socket and a CCS socket.

Summary

Viewed as an EV entity, the e-up! works well. It'll cost you a lot less than many other small electric vehicles, though you'll have to accept that it's slightly smaller and won't go as far as some rivals on each battery charge. It'll go a lot further than before though, in this improved form; that range increase has put this contender back in the game. Only if you start to consider it against a petrol-engined up! does the value proposition start to falter. Could you really justify the substantial premium necessary to own this Zero Emissions variant? If you can, then this VW might prove to be a great urban buyer's choice. This car offers everything you need in a 21st century modern shopping runabout - and nothing that you don't. One thing's for sure: it won't be long before buying a small Volkswagen with an internal combustion engine will seem like a very odd thing to do.

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Trip computer
Rev counter
Digital clock
Speed sensitive power steering
Multifunction computer
Lane assist
Multifunction camera with lane assist
One touch indicators
Rocker switch for drive mode selection
Speedometer, electronic odometer and fuel gauge
Socket AC Type 2
Volkswagen connect
Multifunction display with control
E-Vehicle information via 'Maps + More' smartphone integration
Galvanished body
Type 2 mode 3 32 amp charging cable
Start/stop function with battery regeneration
6 metre charging cables of Type 2 mode 2/G (10A) charging cable
6 metre charging cables of 16amp AC cable for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3)
Start/stop function with battery regeneration and Energy recovery (brake energy recuperation with four energy recuperation levels)
6 speakers
Smartphone interface navigation system
Composition colour system with 5" screen, DAB, AUX in socket, SD card, MP3/WMA/AAC, 4 X 20W, bluetooth, audio connection and USB connectivity
Smartphone answering button on multifunction steering wheel with audio over the vehicle speaker system
Electric front windows
Rear wash/wipe
Heated rear window
Body colour door handles
Antenna
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured door mirrors
Black radiator grille
Dusk sensor + auto driving lights
Heated front windscreen
Manually dimming rear view mirror
Rear fog lights
Windscreen wipers intermittent wipe
High level 3rd brake light
Chrome trim on air conditioning panel
Halogen clear headlights with integrated indicators and range adjustable
Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
Sports bumpers with air intakes and honeycomb structure
e-up Badge on Front doors and rear tailgate
Blue stripe on lower radiator grille and tailgate
Halogen clear headlights with integrated indicators and front 'C' signature LED daytime running lights
Volkswagen roundel with blue and chrome strips below bonnet lip
Fusion cloth upholstery
Carpet mats
Height adjustable steering wheel
Glovebox
Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan
Luggage compartment lighting
Delay courtesy light function
Sun visors with mirrors
Driver seat height adjustment
Front head restraints
Luggage compartment cover
Jack and tool kit
12V accessory power point in centre console
Leather handbrake lever
Cooled glovebox
Front + rear carpet mats
Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
2 zone electronic climate control
Headlining in Light grey
Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x2)
Sound generator
Storage compartment in front doors
2 cup holders in the front and rear centre console
Height adjustable front passenger seat
Leather gearshift knob
Interior light delay
Multifunction leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
Folding front seat backrest release on front passenger seat
Light grey roof lining
Two rear seats with 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
Front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
2 zone electronic climate control with allergen filter
Drivers and front passengers easy entry sliding seat with memory function
Winter pack - Up
Cruise and park pack - Up
Light and sight pack - Up
City emergency braking pack with cruise control - Up
Light and sight pack - E-Up
Winter pack - E-Up
Styling pack - E up
Cruise and rear park pack - Up
Anti-lock brake system
Front disc brakes
Rear drum brakes
3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
Two 3 point rear seatbelts
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
Electronic stabilisation programme with electronic differential lock + traction control
Hill hold control
Front side airbags with curtain airbags
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Engine drag torque control
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
Volkswagen roadside assistance
Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
High tone horn
3 point seatbelts/outer rear seats with ECE label
Anti-lock braking system with EDL, EBD + TCS
Warning buzzer and light for front and rear seat belts if unfastened
Locking fuel filler cap
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Chrome-plated light switch surround
Chrome surrounds to the air vents, radio controls and air conditioning
Tyre mobility system
Low rolling resistance tyres
15" Tezzle alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
CO2 0
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1
Compression Ratio 1910
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 370
Gears 1
Transmission Automatic
Combined 160.90
Urban 160.90
Extra Urban 160.90
Badge Engine CC 1
Badge Power 82.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 11.52
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 11.90
Engine BHP 82.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1160
Engine Torque 0.00
Top Speed 81
Front Tyres 165/65 R15
Rear Tyres 165/65 R15
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1507
Length 3600
Wheel Base 2417
Width 1645
Fuel Tank Size
Weight 1530
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1160
Towing Weight Unbraked
Number Of Seats 4

Ten Second Review

The Volkswagen e-up! is an electric version of the popular up! city car with a now-longer WLTP-rated range of around 159 miles. It remains a strong package, but after a glance at the asking price, you might wonder how it can justify itself on the balance sheet against a more conventional petrol-powered up! That's what we're here to find out.

Background

Shall we get the jokes about this car being trialled first in Yorkshire out of the way good and early? Let's get to the facts here. Back in 2014, the e-up! was Volkswagen's first toe in the water when it came to electric cars. Back then, the battery range was rated at just 83 miles - and that was on the old, rather unrealistic NEDC cycle. Today's e-up! can, in real terms, go almost twice as far, thanks to a larger lithium-ion battery pack and it's been much improved in terms of comfort and safety. As it needed to be to combat the new wave of small battery-powered models now hitting the market. Should this one be on your shopping list? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The Volkswagen up! actually makes a great basis for an electric vehicle. The powerplant sits low in the car, a lithium-ion battery pack that in this revised model has almost doubled in capacity, up from 18.7kWh to 32.3kWh. The fact that this battery weighs 230kg and is sited under the floor area has benefits and drawbacks. The plus side is that the centre of gravity is good and low, something you'll feel when tipping the up! into a corner. The downside is that whereas an entry-level petrol-powered up! weighs around 929kg, this electrically-powered version tips the scales at nearly 200kgs more. The sheer amount of torque available masks this fact quite well though, and the car steps off the line briskly, making 37mph from rest in around 5 seconds. Acceleration does tail off markedly above 45mph or so though, but given that this car's going to spend most of its time in urban areas, that's not really a pressing concern. As well as a standard driving mode, the e-up! has two economy profiles as standard: 'Eco' and 'Eco+'. 'Eco' cuts the vehicle's peak power to 50 kW, reduces the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the throttle response. 'Eco+' limits maximum power to 40 kW, further modifies the throttle response and disables the air conditioning. On top of these different operating modes, the range of the e-up! can be greatly influenced by regenerative braking. There are five modes available: D, D1, D2, D3 and B. In D, the vehicle coasts when the accelerator is lifted. In each of the next levels, lifting off the throttle pedal provides an increased level of regenerative braking. In D2, D3 and B, the brake lights are automatically activated when the driver's foot is lifted from the throttle pedal. If anything, the extra weight means that the e-up! rides better over typical city streets than its petrol counterpart. Refinement is very good, as you'd expect from a car with no internal combustion engine. There's just a background whine from the electric motor and some bump and thump from the suspension but otherwise it's extremely serene and takes the stress out of nose-to-tail queuing.

Design and Build

Externally, the e-up! can be identified by badges on the front wings and bootlid, as well as by distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and 15-inch 'Tezzle' alloy wheels. But these are details. Essentially, aside from the lack of tail pipes, the five-door e-Up is hard to identify without looking for the badging. At just 3.54 metres in length, 1.64 metres in width and 1.48 metres in height, the Up is one of the smallest four-seater city cars, measuring a full 11cm shorter than a rival Fiat Panda. Clever packaging means that interior space is maximised. The wheelbase of 2.42m is one of the biggest in class, which combines with that compact engine and lateral radiator to allow the front bulkhead and crash structures to shift forward too. There's also decent room at the back, with a 251-litre boot being a tad bigger than is typical in this class, the e-Up sharing this capacity with the petrol cars. The 923-litre capacity with the seats folded is marginally down due in part to the higher floor height. The port for charging the battery in the e-Up is hidden behind the fuel filling flap. The interior is colourful, with bespoke upholstery edged in blue, while the leather-covered steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake all have blue stitching. There's also the option of painted body-coloured panels. You need to look fairly hard for the e-Up specific switchgear, but that means the cabin design is clean and easy to get to grips with, featuring a compact centre pod for many of the minor controls. There's loads of storage and the cool dished three-spoke steering wheel frames an instrument cluster of impressive functionality.

Market and Model

You'll pay just over £20,000 for this car after subtraction of the generous £2,500 government grant for plug-in cars. As would be expected, that's not too much different a cost from that which has been applied to this model's two identically-engineered Volkswagen Group design stablemates, SEAT's MIi Electric and the Skoda Citigoe iV. As you'd expect given that this is a city car-sized model, the asking price is quite a lot less than you'd pay for an example of Renault's slightly larger ZOE pure electric car. And it's significantly less than other supermini-sized EV models like the Peugeot e208 and the Vauxhall Corsa-e. You'll want to allow a little extra for the optional wall box for home garage use. This provides a 3.6kW supply and can recharge a completely flat battery in six hours. The standard e-up! specification is roughly equivalent to that of a range-topping petrol-powered up! model and includes luxuries such as heated front seats, cruise control and the Maps and More navigation system. Plus the e-up! adds a heated windscreen, DAB digital radio with six-speaker Sound Pack, the City Emergency Braking system, all-round parking sensors and an electronic climate control system. As well as the standard Bluetooth connectivity and navigation functions of the petrol-powered up!'s Maps and More device, the e-up!'s unit includes charging point location details, range mapping (both one-way and round-trip) and vehicle charging management functions, including the ability to pre-set the vehicle's interior heating or cooling for certain times. Certain vehicle functions can also be operated remotely using Volkswagen's Car Net services on an Apple iPhone or Android mobile device. The e-up! comes with a three-year Car Net subscription that allows users to control or get information on charging status, battery management, doors and lighting, driving data, climate control and the location of the vehicle.

Cost of Ownership

The problem the e-up! faces that cars like the Renault ZOE don't is that it has a conventional petrol-engined sibling that throws costs into sharp relief. True, you'll pay very little to 'fuel' the e-up!; around £1 per charge on a typical UK electricity tariff based on about 30 miles per working day, which would total up to about £23 per month. In contrast, your monthly fuel bill in a petrol car based on that sort of mileage would be around £70 per month. So is saving £47 per month worth the inconvenience of owning a car that would take some planning to undertake a longer run at the weekend? Then there's the fact that a £47 fuel saving a month over three years comes to a mere £1,692, which, given that the e-up! is over £5,500 more expensive than the plushest five-door petrol-engined up!, rather casts a shadow on its value proposition. In order to justify this expense, you'd have to cover a lot more miles. Either you won't want to or the e-up! won't be able to. Free congestion charge entry is one recompense though. Your WLTP-rated driving range in this model is now around 159 miles if you drive it reasonably gently, but that'll drop to well under 100 miles if you pedal it hard and run it with everything switched on, using the 12v socket to boil a kettle. A standard full charge takes less than nine hours from a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW household socket. On top of this, all e-up!s have a DC fast-charging circuit as standard. Using the Combined Charging System (CCS), this enables a flat battery to be charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, at levels of up to 40 kW using a DC supply. Cables are provided to connect to both a standard UK three-pin socket and a CCS socket.

Summary

Viewed as an EV entity, the e-up! works well. It'll cost you a lot less than many other small electric vehicles, though you'll have to accept that it's slightly smaller and won't go as far as some rivals on each battery charge. It'll go a lot further than before though, in this improved form; that range increase has put this contender back in the game. Only if you start to consider it against a petrol-engined up! does the value proposition start to falter. Could you really justify the substantial premium necessary to own this Zero Emissions variant? If you can, then this VW might prove to be a great urban buyer's choice. This car offers everything you need in a 21st century modern shopping runabout - and nothing that you don't. One thing's for sure: it won't be long before buying a small Volkswagen with an internal combustion engine will seem like a very odd thing to do.

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All leased vehicles must be returned fully maintained within manufacturer's recommended guidelines. Below is an estimated cost comparison of what you might have to pay based on your requested contract terms.
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Actual Monthly Cost using our maintenance based on your contract terms
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To potentially save money, have peace of mind and ease of budgeting, choose add maintenance to proceed.

*Figures are a representative example and may vary depending on driving style and conditions please speak to a member of the sales team for more information

Blue Chilli Car Leasing believes all customers should have the opportunity to take advantage of fixed maintenance cover.

So what are the benefits?

  • Planned fixed cost budgeting
  • No unexpected maintenance costs
  • Protection from rising inflation costs

What’s included?

  • Mechanical and electrical repairs or replacements, including associated parts and labour due to fair wear and tear
  • Bulbs, Batteries, Exhausts, Cam belts, Wiper blades, Alternators, Starter Motors
  • MOT tests
  • Premium Branded tyre replacements including valve and balance*

*Some of our partner funders do not cover damage through punctures or vandalism/deliberate damage. Please ask if you require more details.