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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Best small electric car for value

This class embraces nimble city cars and handy small cars and continues onwards to encompass everything up to and including family-sized SUVs no more than 4.5 metres long...

Best small electric car for value

Volkswagen e-Up 32kWh

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The Volkswagen e-Up may be one of the oldest kids in the small electric car playground, but it still has a lot going for it.

For starters, it’s fun to drive; with instant response from its electric motor, it feels more sprightly than most petrol-powered models in the Up line-up, and quicker than its 11.9sec 0-62mph time suggests. Yet it’s also by far the easiest Up to drive, thanks to there being no gearchanges to worry about.

Volkswagen e-Up 2022 interior dashboard

Its interior is well built and roomier than you might expect: its boxy shape provides enough head room for a pair of six-footers in the back. The seats are comfortable, too, and everyone gets a good view out, thanks to its large windows.

Although the e-Up’s official range is modest, at 160 miles, that’s still farther than the newer, pricier Honda E will take you. With all this in its favour, being one of the cheapest electric cars you can buy is the icing on the e-Up’s cake.

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