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Volkswagen e-up! (2014-2019) interior & comfort

The Volkswagen e-up!’s interior has a functional layout, but it isn’t the last word in cutting-edge technology

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

As you’d expect, the e-up! is solidly built, with plenty of high-quality metals and plastics inside. The layout is functional rather than particularly hi-tech, but don’t let that detract from what is a polished city car.

Our biggest complaint is the small infotainment screen and its limited functionality. In a world where many buyers judge a car solely on connectivity, the e-up! feels somewhat outdated. However, the option to add a smartphone cradle does redeem things slightly.

Volkswagen e-up! dashboard

The dashboard in the Volkswagen e-up! is functional rather than cutting-edge. The dials are laid out in triangular formation, with a large central speedometer flanked by a battery charge meter and a power gauge. There’s a small digital screen nestled within, showing things like range and trip information.

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In the centre of the dashboard you’ll find a small colour screen for the radio and Bluetooth controls. However, unlike in the larger e-Golf, there’s no touchscreen infotainment system. In fact, you can’t even add it as an option.

Instead, the e-up! can be fitted with a cradle with an in-built USB port, allowing you to affix (and charge) your phone to the top of the dash. It’s a bold move, but in a world where almost everyone has a smartphone, it’s perhaps more useful than you might first think.

Equipment, options and accessories

There's only one trim for the Volkswagen e-up!. Every version gets 15-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, electric front windows and Volkswagen's signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights. Climate control is also standard, alongside a DAB radio, electrically adjustable door mirrors and a height-adjustable driver's seat.

Options include various styling modifications, as well as that all-important smartphone cradle for the dashboard.

Infotainment, apps and sat nav

The Volkswagen e-up!’s infotainment system is best described as basic. Along with the standard car, all facelifted models gained a colour set-up, but functionality is limited and there’s no option for a sat nav.

Instead, you’ll have to make do with the cheap-and-cheerful smartphone cradle. The system sits atop the dashboard, and can be opened and closed to fit a variety of mobile phones. This allows you to use third party mapping apps like Waze or Google Maps.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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