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Volkswagen e-Up review

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27 Jan 2017 14:18 | Last updated: 26 Oct 2018 16:22

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

The petrol Up comes in three-door and five-door forms, but the e-Up is available only as a five-door. Otherwise, there are no differences in practicality. The electric motor sits under the bonnet and the battery pack fits neatly under the floor and rear seats, so you don’t lose any boot space.

However, the e-Up is still one of the least practical electric cars. True, you’ll fit a couple of six-footers in the back, but they won’t exactly thank you if the journey is long, and squeezing a third person in the back is out of the question, because there isn’t a seatbelt in the middle.

The e-Up also has a smaller boot than its closest rival, the Zoe, so don’t expect to carry more than a few small bags of shopping. The rear seats do split and fold down if you need to carry anything bigger, though.

Disappointingly, there’s no option to add a height-adjustable front passenger seat, whereas there is on most petrol Up models.


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