£25,640 Price range
The Volkswagen e-Up is one of the smallest all-electric cars you can buy. It rivals electric cars such as the Renault Zoe and Peugeot iOn and Kia Soul EV.
The Up was designed to accommodate a battery, so there’s no change in passenger or boot space compared to the regular model. The interior also shares the solid feel of the larger Golf inside.
Things get even better once you set off – the electric motor pulls surprisingly well and the taut chassis gives you confidence. With 84hp, the e-Up is a bit less powerful than the Renault Zoe’s 90hp, but it’s quite a bit lighter and this is evident in its quick responses. It is also the fastest car in the Up range – with its 10 second acceleration from 0-62mph it beats the fastest petrol-powered Up by three seconds.
There are no gears to change and almost no engine noise, so the e-Up’s driving experience is a relaxing one.
The e-Up costs a lot more than any other Up model, however, it comes with plenty of kit as standard, including cruise control and sat-nav.