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Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Volkswagen e-Up! gets a facelift

Like the rest of the Up! range, the pure electric e-Up! city car has received some cosmetic changes.

Only dedicated Volkswagen spotters will be able to detect the updates though, because they're very subtle. On the outside, the bumpers and rear light clusters have been redesigned, plus a blue stripe now runs between the headlights.

Inside, the e-Up! gains a leather-trimmed steering wheel, some extra chrome trim and the 'Maps + More' smartphone docking system.

Volkswagen e-Up! 5-Door (2017) Front Side

All of the mechanical components are unaltered. So power is still provided by an 80 bhp (60 kW / 82 PS) electric motor which draws energy from a 204 cell, 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Maximum range remains a modest 93 miles (150 kilometres). A full recharge takes nine hours via a domestic socket, or six hours using an optional 3.6 kW wall box. Alternatively, a public fast-charging facility can replenish the battery to 80% capacity in around thirty minutes.

As before, the e-Up! is only being offered in five-door form and, compared to petrol-engine versions, it's very expensive. Even after applying the £4,500 Plug-in Car Grant, on-the-road prices start at £20,780.

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