VW’s Updated e-Up Offers 161-Mile Range, Costs Less Than Its Predecessor

While the highlight at VW’s stand of the Frankfurt Motor Show is the new ID.3, the German car maker also brought the updated version of the e-Up, the battery-electric variant of its popular city car.

The new e-Up may not look that different, but the upgrades are more than enough to grasp your attention. That’s because VW ditched the old, 18.7 kWh battery pack in favor of a larger 32.3 kWh one, making the tiny electric car capable of travelling up to 161 miles (260 km) on a full charge per the WLTP cycle.

Also Read: VW Updates 2020 e-Up! Small EV With Bigger Battery, Cheaper Price

Usually, this sort of upgrade comes with a price premium, but Wolfsburg actually reduced the price of its smallest EV, which now starts from €21,975 in Germany, before subsidies, making it €1,595 cheaper than its predecessor.

Power comes from an electric motor with 82 HP (83 PS), which sends the 2020 e-Up to 62 mph (100km/h) from a standstill in 11.9 seconds, half a second faster than the previous model. Top speed is still capped at 81 mph (130 km/h).

The new battery is also compatible with DC fast-charging, allowing users to get it up to 80 percent in just one hour when plugged to a 40kW socket.

VW is also launching a special deal for its smallest EV during this pre-sales phase: customers who wish to secure one of the first examples of the between September 18 and October 31 will get the opportunity to lease it for just 159 euros per month.

Seat and Skoda have also introduced the electric versions of the Up’s siblings at Frankfurt, which feature the same electric powertrain and driving range.

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  • ZYGIUS

    It looks prehistorical…

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Still 10k off market

    • HD

      Not if you count lifetime cost.

  • Bart

    Was hoping for even bigger price reduction. 22k euro is still a price of two such cars, but with an ICE powertrain, or a Golf in a Highline trim.

    • HD

      You get nearly 2k off, nearly double the range. Lease it and it will be cheap. Otherwise enjoy the dirt cheap running costs after you bought it. You can buy the diesel or the petrol but they are slow as hell compared to this, they are noisy and they cost more to maintain. If you can get a gov. grant (like in many countries) then it’s a way better deal than the ICE versions.

    • Alex87f

      First, you get electric car rebates, which should be factored into the purchasing price.
      Second, the e-up is pretty much a loaded car and I don’t think a high-end up with the TSI engine will cost half of this.
      Third, no way a highline golf sells for 22k. They start at 28k in Germany.

      • Bart

        e-Up doesn’t have infotainment (unless you put your own phone on the dash), nor led lights,…. I’m not sure about central lock, or AC. It’s really a very basic car. Which I’m fine with, just make it a tad cheaper (maybe put less batteries in it? I’d fine with 100km range for,… let’s say: 17k euro).

        It’s a funny thing, those prices of the Golf. I’ve double checked them and it varies a lot across Europe. It’s indeed 28 000 in Germany, but if you cross their east border: it’s suddenly 22 000. Perhaps the equipment list doesn’t match.

        • WonkoTheSane

          The ICE Up has central lock & AC as standard. Mine has the optional climate control & reversing camera.

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