Bjorn Nyland Gives Us The Lowdown On The VW e-Up!

DEC 19 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

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

Usable battery capacity seems to be 15.6 kWh (although maybe in summer conditions it could be 16.5 kWh as other drivers report). The DC fast charging is around 35 kW, which is not that much, but it’s achievable in a wide range of state of charge (almost up to the full charge).

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

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16 Comments on "Bjorn Nyland Gives Us The Lowdown On The VW e-Up!"

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I really don’t mind the way the e-Up! looks, but I can totally understand why they didn’t sell it in North America – that 0-60 mph time is absolutely brutal. You’d get run over by some brodozer Ford F-250 Super Duty in no time.

Given the lack of liquid cooling, I’d be curious to know what battery degradation is like. Does it hold up better than the Leaf? Maybe a bit of apples-to-oranges comparison, but I would still be interested in knowing.

It costs big money to modify the car to US regulations and have it tested and approved for use in the US…
Unfortunately Americans prefer giant vehicles so VW probably would not have enough volume to warrant the costs…

Try to get around inner Paris/Frankfuhrt/Milan/Amsterdam etc with a F250 or F150 or other big pick-up. Even a Tesla model X/S is pretty large in those city’s. Good luck in those undergound parking lot’s. Here is a Polo/Zoe etc a great car. And we love our smaller city cars.

I don’t think you could modify the thing enough to meet US standards.

They could, but why spend money you will not get back?
You can buy the current model for $21.500 . . I can’t imagine they make a lot of money on that.

The US and the EU is supposed to work to get more equal rules, so it will get cheaper to offer a car in both markets.

There are no Arizona (or Nevada, New Mexico ….) style temperatures in Central Europe, so the battery degradation is not the big problem.
The UP is a small ‘city hopper’ for narrow roads and parking lot size in Europe, where Tesla ‘S’ and ‘X’ (2 x 5 meter) already require some backing up around narrow curved ramps in basement parking space.

One word to VW/Audi. Can we get the A1? Please? Pretty please?

Audi A1 is just a dressed up VW Polo.

There have been no talk about battery degradation. . but I’m not sure this model is sold in desert like areas.
In Norway, there have at least been no problems with them.
The new version with (probably) more power and at least faster charging will/may probably offer a better cooling system. If they plan to sell quite a few (don’r know), they will probably offer a cooling system for hot climates as well.

The current e-up starts at less then $23.000, and you can get if for 21.500 almost just by asking..

Seems like a 4 seat competitor to the Smart42 EDrive. I wouldn’t mind having this puddle-jumper for a 3rd car,but the battery is really too small for me since I’d be constantly running out. Thankfully, batteries are getting and have gotten cheaper so there is much more incentive for car builders to try larger batteries.

Oh, that crazy Asian, looks like this car is the perfect metropolitain commuter car, reminds me a lot of a modern day Geo Metro, no frills just purpose, like it a lot, my kind of car….simple non techy and functional?

I like the normal appearance of the eUp unlike my bug eyed Leaf.
Ford should just make a true economy EV for the mass public.
I don’t mind the hard plastic.
Just give me heated steering wheel and heated front seats.
I don’t even want NAV or parking sensors.
Slap on a 64kwh pack and give me 250mile range and sell for $25000 after tax credit.

When Bolts are selling for $25K after tax credit, why would you want this slow turd without TMS for the same money?

Cost $21.500.. not much of a difference though. At least people would have a choise. The Bolt is of course really not for sale in Europe, and at least not for $25K.
The e-up is more or less for city use – even though it’s steady at top speed too. It would just kill the current range.

I drove one of those for 90000 kilometers in three years. Suited my needs perfectly those years.

It had a facelift in 2016, and the new model is ready for pre orders now in Norway (the 2019 model).