Currently reading: New Volkswagen e-Up to cost from £19,695 in UK
Electric city car will now offer 159 miles of range, with prices starting below £20,000
James Attwood, digital editor
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30 January 2020

The new version of the Volkswagen e-Up has gone on sale in the UK with an official range of 159 miles and a starting price of £19,695, including the £3500 government grant.

Revealed at the Frankfurt motor show last year, the upgraded electric city car switches the 18.7kWh lithium ion battery of the original model for a larger 32.3kWh version. VW says the battery is capable of charging at 40kW, taking 60 minutes to charge to 80 per cent. 

Power comes from an 82bhp electric motor, which allows the e-Up to achieve a 0-62mph time of 11.9sec and a top speed of 81mph. 

The new e-Up also gains the upgrades made to the recently revamped petrol-engined Up, including a new multifunction camera offering Land Assist, curtain airbags and a smartphone integration cradle.

The range-topping e-Up comes with standard heated front seats and windscreen, climate control, automatic windscreen wipers and electrically heated wing mirrors.Differentiating the electric version from the standard Up, the e-Up also features special 15-inch wheels, and bespoke bumpers and running lights.

The post-grant £19,965 price compares to the £19,300 starting price of the Seat e-Mii and £16,955 cost of the Skoda Citigo-e iV, both of which share a drivetrain and architecture. It is substantially cheaper than the £24,625 list price of the previous-generation e-Up.

The revamped e-Up is part of a major electric car push for Volkswagen, with the firm also unveiling its new ID 3 at Frankfurt last year.

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5 September 2019

The Honda BEV maybe better looking with more display screens and a camera instead of mirrors but after grants this UP may be a massive £6,500k less, and it goes further per charge!

5 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

The Honda BEV maybe better looking with more display screens and a camera instead of mirrors but after grants this UP may be a massive £6,500k less, and it goes further per charge!

Good point. However I think the Honda will sell due to the emotion side rather than the specs, it will be more like a toy / luxury gift to the owner.

You can't really say that about the UP!    And as I say, if you just want to go for a value proposition then the ICE equivalents tend still to be cheaper.

I know they have to put batteries in the UP! BEV and electric motors, but they also save on no engine or gearbox, clutch etc, so I am not sure why the ICE is £11.5k and the BEV £21k or so, even AFTER the gov subsidy.   

 

30 January 2020
Cenuijmu wrote:

xxxx wrote:

The Honda BEV maybe better looking with more display screens and a camera instead of mirrors but after grants this UP may be a massive £6,500k less, and it goes further per charge!

Good point. However I think the Honda will sell due to the emotion side rather than the specs, it will be more like a toy / luxury gift to the owner.

You can't really say that about the UP!    And as I say, if you just want to go for a value proposition then the ICE equivalents tend still to be cheaper.

I know they have to put batteries in the UP! BEV and electric motors, but they also save on no engine or gearbox, clutch etc, so I am not sure why the ICE is £11.5k and the BEV £21k or so, even AFTER the gov subsidy.   

 

You can't get a 5 door UP in this spec with a decent engine for £11.5 and the BEV UP is £19.5k

5 September 2019

The UP! is a great little car IMO - hired one once and warmed to it immediately.  It was basic (no air con or electric windows) but it felt well made (no rattles) and rode like a car two classes up.  The old cliche "all the car you really need" came to mind.  I like the idea of an all electric version with a decent range.  Is VW going to stop making the petrol engined version as Skoda and Seat are threatening to do with their versions?

5 September 2019

It's about £8k more at least and that buys a lot of road duty and petrol.....  about 80 000 miles of petrol at current prices and it's mpg. That ignores electricty charging costs.

 

 

 

 

5 September 2019
Cenuijmu wrote:

It's about £8k more at least and that buys a lot of road duty and petrol.....  about 80 000 miles of petrol at current prices and it's mpg. That ignores electricty charging costs.

Also ignores congestion charge (£12 a day?) which is where this car could just make economic sense and it's a fair bit quicker accelerating with no gears (I don't think you can get an Auto Up).

Oh and some city car drivers  don't wish to pump out fumes next to pavements.  

5 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

Cenuijmu wrote:

It's about £8k more at least and that buys a lot of road duty and petrol.....  about 80 000 miles of petrol at current prices and it's mpg. That ignores electricty charging costs.

Also ignores congestion charge (£12 a day?) which is where this car could just make economic sense and it's a fair bit quicker accelerating with no gears (I don't think you can get an Auto Up).

Oh and some city car drivers  don't wish to pump out fumes next to pavements.  

With London traffic I'd take the tube anyhow !   Which is really cheap EV  :)

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5 September 2019

London has an excellent public transport system but soon other cities who don't will start "making polluters pay" in which case it makes an awful lot of sense. 

 

I've always liked the UP. I prefer the styling to the production version of that new little Honda - which is OK but lacks the wow of the concept.

5 September 2019

a car named in honour of Nora Batty.

5 September 2019

An "E-Up", huh?

Sounds like something from Yorkshire.  Or Lancashire for that matter...

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