Is the VW e-up! still worth buying more than 5 years after its introduction?
While the next-generation Volkswagen e-up! with a price tag of $21,000 (€18,000) is still just a rumor, Bjorn Nyland recently tested the actual e-up!
The e-up! is the smallest all-electric Volkswagen, available in Europe since 2013 without any upgrades to its 18.7 kWh battery (without active cooling) and 60 kW electric motor. It's a cool city EV with a range of up to around 160 km (100 miles) under NEDC testing.
Bjorn's tests revealed that depending on driving mode and driving profile, winter range will be as follows:
- 100 km (62 mi) and 15.6 kWh/100 km at 90 km/h
- 75 km (47 mi) and 20.6 kWh/100 km at 120 km/h (highway)
- probably over 150 km (93 miles) and 9.7 kWh/100 km at 40 km/h in the city
The major general drawback seems to be cheap materials and hard plastics all over the place, which simply doesn't matchthe price (€22,975 in Germany) - way above the price of the conventional up!.
The small size of the e-up! makes it tight, especially in the rear.
On the other hand, the small trunk is deep enough to pass the Bjorn's banana boxes test with a score equal to the BMW i3. Both cars were able to store 4 boxes in the trunk and 14 with seats folded.
Number of banana boxes:
- VW e-Up: 4 in trunk, 14 with seats folded
- BMW i3: 4 in trunk, 14 with seats folded
- Hyundai Kona: 5 in trunk, 16 with seats folded
- Hyundai Ioniq: 6 in trunk, 16 with seats folded
- VW e-Golf: 5 in trunk, 17 with seats folded
- Nissan Leaf (2013): 5 in trunk, 18 with seats folded
- Ampera-e: 5 in trunk, 18 with seats folded
- Kia Soul EV: 6 in trunk, 21 with seats folded
- Model X 5 seater: 1+10 in frunk+trunk, 28 with seats folded
- Nissan e-NV200: About 48-50
- Model X 6 seater: 1+9 in frunk+trunk, 23 with seats folded
- Model S pre-facelift: 2+8 in frunk+trunk, 24 with seats folded
- Model S facelift: 8 in trunk, 22 with seats folded
- Mercedes E-class estate: 10 in trunk, 24 with seats folded