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2021 (71) Volkswagen up! 60kW E-Up 32kWh 5dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Digital clockE-Vehicle information via 'Maps + More' smartphone integration
Lane assistMultifunction computer
One touch indicatorsRev counter
Rocker switch for drive mode selectionSocket AC Type 2
Speed sensitive power steeringSpeedometer, electronic odometer and fuel gauge
Volkswagen connect 


6 metre charging cables of 16amp AC cable for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3)6 metre charging cables of Type 2 mode 2/G (10A) charging cable
Galvanished bodyStart/stop function with battery regeneration and Energy recovery (brake energy recuperation with four energy recuperation levels)


6 speakersComposition colour system with 5" screen, DAB, AUX in socket, SD card, MP3/WMA/AAC, 4 X 20W, bluetooth, audio connection and USB connectivity
Smartphone answering button on multifunction steering wheel with audio over the vehicle speaker systemSmartphone interface navigation system

Exterior Features

AntennaBlack radiator grille
Blue stripe on lower radiator grille and tailgateBody colour door handles
Body coloured bumpersBody coloured door mirrors
Dusk sensor + auto driving lightse-up Badge on Front doors and rear tailgate
Electric front windowsHalogen clear headlights with integrated indicators and range adjustable
Heated front windscreenHeated rear window
High level 3rd brake lightManually dimming rear view mirror
Rear fog lightsRear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
Rear wash/wipeVolkswagen roundel with blue and chrome strips below bonnet lip
Windscreen wipers intermittent wipe 

Interior Features

12V accessory power point in centre console2 cup holders in the front and rear centre console
2 zone electronic climate control with allergen filterCooled glovebox
Driver seat height adjustDrivers and front passengers easy entry sliding seat with memory function
Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrorsFolding front seat backrest release on front passenger seat
Front + rear carpet matsFront head restraints
Fusion cloth upholsteryHeating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan
Height adjustable front passenger seatHeight adjustable rear seat head restraints (x2)
Height adjustable steering wheelInterior light delay
Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seatsJack and tool kit
Light grey roof liningLuggage compartment cover
Luggage compartment lightingMultifunction leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
Sound generatorStorage compartment in front doors
Two rear seats with 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest 


Cruise and park pack - UpLight and sight pack - Up
Styling pack - E upWinter pack - Up

Passive Safety

3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensionersAnti-lock braking system with EDL, EBD + TCS
Curtain airbags for front and rear passengersDriver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
Driver/front passenger side airbagsEngine drag torque control
Front disc brakesHBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
High tone hornHill hold control
Rear drum brakesTwo 3 point rear seatbelts
Tyre pressure loss indicatorVolkswagen roadside assistance
Warning buzzer and light for front and rear seat belts if unfastenedWarning triangle and first aid kit


Electronic engine immobiliserLocking fuel filler cap
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys 


Chrome surrounds to the air vents, radio controls and air conditioningChrome-plated light switch surround


15" Tezzle alloy wheels with anti theft wheel boltsLow rolling resistance tyres
Tyre mobility system
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh36.8Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)972
Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change0-100Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW2.3
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)327Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change0-100
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW7Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)60
Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change0-80Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW40
Battery TypeLithium-ionCoupler/Connector TypeType 2
NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km11.7NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles99
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage99630Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb14.5WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb4.29
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb259WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH259
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL259WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb160.9
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH160.9WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL160.9

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0 

Engine and Drive Train



Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0.0
Badge Power82Coin SeriesE-Up
Generation Mark1Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0710E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %81NCAP Child Occupant Protection %83
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 093NCAP Pedestrian Protection %46
NCAP Safety Assist %55Service Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage18500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)11.9Engine Power - BHP82
Engine Power - KW60Engine Power - PSTrue
Top Speed81 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelN/A


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front165/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear165/65 R15Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleTEZZLEWheel Type15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)1910 

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight1530Max. Loading Weight370
Minimum Kerbweight1160No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen e-up!

By Jonathan Crouch


The Volkswagen e-up! is an electric version of the popular up! city car with a now-longer WLTP-rated range of up to 159 miles in its final form. In this later guise, it was a strong package, but after a glance at the used market asking prices, you might wonder how it can justify itself on the balance sheet against a more conventional petrol-powered up! That's what we're here to find out.


Shall we get the jokes about this car being trialled first in Yorkshire out of the way good and early? Let's get to the facts here. Back in 2014, the e-up! was Volkswagen's first toe in the water when it came to electric cars. Back then, the battery range was rated at just 83 miles - and that was on the old, rather unrealistic NEDC cycle. The revised version launched in 2019 was much better. It could, in real terms, go almost twice as far, thanks to a larger lithium-ion battery pack and it was much improved in terms of comfort and connectivity. As it needed to be to combat the new wave of small battery-powered models that by then were hitting the market. Should this one be on your shopping list if you're looking for a tiny EV from its period? Let's find out.

What You Get

Externally, the e-up! can be identified by badges on the front wings and boot lid, as well as by distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and, on post '19-plate models, by 15-inch 'Tezzle' alloy wheels. But these are details. Essentially, aside from the lack of tail pipes, the e-Up (only offered with five doors) is hard to identify from its petrol counterparts without looking for the badging. There are no obvious giveaways to this car's all-electric status once you get behind the wheel. There's a proper ignition slot rather than a start button and even the large analogue fuel gauge looks endearingly conventional. As usual with an up!, the interior feels a slight cut above other city cars in terms of quality. As for connectivity, well as in other up models, you get a smartphone docking attachment that sits above the climate controls and can accommodate handsets with screen sizes of up to 5.5-inches. If you don't want to faff around with your 'phone, the car itself provides this little 5.0-inch 'Composition Colour' touchscreen below the climate controls, which has shortcut buttons for 'radio', 'media' and 'phone' and can display the smallest reversing camera display we've ever seen. What about the rear seat? Well given the dinky exterior dimensions, it's a lot more spacious than you might expect in the back but there are a couple of irritations: first that you don't get proper side windows - just glass panes you can angle out for extra ventilation. Secondly, there's no opportunity to take a third centrally-seated passenger, as you might want to if, say, you were transporting three small children. On the plus side, the up!'s boxy dimensions mean that the roof doesn't taper towards the rear, so there's as much headroom in the back as there is in the front. And out back? Well because there's only an opening glass panel, you've a high lip to lift luggage over, but the boot you'll access is certainly very decently sized for a car of this class, its 251-litre capacity figure being the same as that of the petrol up! variants - which means it's a tad bigger than is typical in this class. The 923-litre capacity with the seats folded is marginally down on the petrol model due in part to the higher floor height.

What to Look For

Most up! owners we surveyed were very happy with their cars, but inevitably, there were a few issues. The e-Up seems to be a decently reliable car, but it does suffer from issues such as lowered range in the winter (up to 50 miles). Plus issues with the airbags, and certain infotainment issues. The VW up! range as a whole was subjected to a recall due to faulty programming on the side airbags and the e-up! was also part of this recall. Make sure the e-Up you are looking at has had these issues resolved. We've also heard reports that the infotainment system is known to sometimes turn off, become completely inoperable, or be slow to respond. One owner found that water drainage under windscreen when blocked, emptied into the car interior via the heater! Another complained of a leaking windscreen seal, a paint mismatch with the fuel filler cap and rattles from the driver and passenger door lock area. We also came across reports of the rear brakes squealing during braking.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2020 e-up!) The brake discs we came across sat in the £46 bracket. Front brake pads are in the £21 to £38 bracket for a set but for pricier brands, you could pay in the £92 bracket. A front fog lamp is in the £47-£53 bracket. A rear lamp is around £76-£106 bracket. A headlamp is around £86-£106. A pollen filter is around £10-£16.

On the Road

The Volkswagen up! actually makes a great basis for an electric vehicle. The powerplant sits low in the car, a lithium-ion battery pack that in the revised post-'19-plate model almost doubled in capacity, up from 18.7kWh to 32.3kWh. The fact that this battery weighs 230kg and is sited under the floor area has benefits and drawbacks. The plus side is that the centre of gravity is good and low, something you'll feel when tipping the up! into a corner. The downside is that whereas an entry-level petrol-powered up! weighs around 929kg, this electrically-powered version tips the scales at nearly 200kgs more. The sheer amount of torque available masks this fact quite well though, and the car steps off the line briskly, making 37mph from rest in around 5 seconds. Acceleration does tail off markedly above 45mph or so though, but given that this car's going to spend most of its time in urban areas, that's not really a pressing concern. As well as a standard driving mode, the e-up! has two selectable economy profiles as standard: 'Eco' and 'Eco+'. 'Eco' cuts the vehicle's peak power to 50kW, reduces the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the throttle response. 'Eco+' limits maximum power to 40kW, further modifies the throttle response and disables the air conditioning. On top of these different operating modes, the range of the e-up! can be greatly influenced by regenerative braking. There are five modes available: D, D1, D2, D3 and B. In D, the vehicle coasts when the accelerator is lifted. In each of the next levels, lifting off the throttle pedal provides an increased level of regenerative braking. In D2, D3 and B, the brake lights are automatically activated when the driver's foot is lifted from the throttle pedal.


Viewed as an EV entity, the e-up! works well. It'll cost you a lot less than many other small electric vehicles, though you'll have to accept that it's slightly smaller and won't go as far as some rivals on each battery charge. It'll go a lot further though, in improved post-'19-plate form. That range increase really put this contender back in the game. Only if you start to consider it against a petrol-engined up! does the value proposition start to falter. Could you really justify the substantial premium necessary to own this Zero Emissions variant? If you can, then this VW might prove to be a great urban buyer's choice. This car offers everything you need in a 21st century modern shopping runabout - and nothing that you don't. One thing's for sure: it won't be long before buying a small Volkswagen with an internal combustion engine will seem like a very odd thing to do.


* Figures for fuel consumption, the CO2 produced, and/or the pure electric range are provided for comparative purposes only and are based on laboratory testing. The actual figures under real world driving conditions will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions, vehicle load and the health of the battery.

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Monthly payment£270.29
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate5.1%
Cash price£15,498
Credit amount£15,249
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£6816
Total amount payable£19,769.63
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
Representative APR9.9%
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