Volkswagen e-Up (2014–)
The quickest Up in the range and feels impressively sprightly.
Just as good to drive as the rest of the Up range.
Comes with LED daytime running lights neatly incorporated into the front bumper.
Boot is practically the same size as a conventional Up - only one litre smaller.
Gets navigation as standard.
Battery is modular and has an eight year or 100,00 mile warranty.
What to watch out for
While it's good value compared to other electric cars it does seem expensive alongside the rest of the Up range.
Not all Volkswagen dealers sell the e-Up. At the time of launch in early 2014 there were 24 of the total 208 dealer network approved as electric car outlets.
17-8-2018: Battery chargers in some (but not all) Golf GTE, e-Golf, Passat GTE and e-Up models have been found to contain a poisonous metal called cadmium, which has been linked to a range of lung conditions that include cancer. The metal was fitted by a third party company, which builds part of the high-voltage charging unit for Volkswagen. Volkswagen is now in the process of investigating how it came to be present. The third party organisation no longer builds components for its plug-in models. Apparently the issue will not cause any harm to the public, owing to the fact that the small amount of cadmium - 0.008 grams per battery charger - is housed within a sealed unit. However, the presence of cadmium could cause problems when the vehicle is scrapped, recycled or dismantled.
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