On the market since 2013, the Volkswagen e-Up! is a fully electric version of VW’s enduringly popular Up! city car. As you’d expect from the German giant, the e-Up! has been seriously revised and improved over the last eight years, so it’s still a highly competitive choice among small EVs.
Light and compact with a great range for its size, the e-Up! is a fantastic lease option for an everyday company car or family runaround. If you’re leasing the e-Up! for business, you’ll pay just 1% Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax in 2021–2022, increasing to 2% from 2022 onwards.
Accessibility and functionality are two of VW’s key values, and they are what the e-Up! is all about. It’s relatively plain and simple, but it has all the features and accessories you need. This little five-door car can fit four passengers and has a surprisingly generous 250 litres of boot space. This increases to a useful 923 litres if you fold the rear seats down.
In other words, the VW e-Up! is adaptable, practical and straightforward – just the thing for city life.
Performance & range
The VW e-Up! is primarily built for urban driving, but it’s tougher and more versatile than its size would suggest. With 82 hp and a 36.8 kWh battery, today’s model offers a substantially improved range of up to 161 miles on a single charge. The e-Up! can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a little under 12 seconds, and its top speed is a very respectable 80 mph.
As ever with VW, rapid charging is standard, and you’ll be able to replenish the battery from zero to 80% in around 40 minutes. The choice of three driving modes will also help you to manage battery use without having to think about it too much.
The Volkswagen e-Up shares a powertrain with the SEAT Mii, which is a very competitive alternative if you’re looking to lease a small electric city car. You might also want to explore options such as the Mini Cooper S, the Peugeot e-208, the Renault Zoe and the Vauxhall Corsa-e. These are all compact little electric cars that perform very well for their class.
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