Volkswagen e-up! practicality & boot space
The VW e-up! is a small car, but thankfully it differs little from the cleverly packaged petrol-engined model when it comes to practicality and boot space
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Looking at the e-up! from the outside, you wouldn’t think it's a particularly sensible or practical family car. However, as city cars go, it has been cleverly thought out, so despite its dinky dimensions there’s space inside for four adults to travel in relative comfort.
Space is emphasised further by the fact that the four wheels have been pushed out to the very corners of the car. This not only makes the interior feel light and airy, it also means the car is easy to drive and manoeuvre around town. This is only helped by the large windows – offering exceptional visibility when parking. If you don’t carry much luggage, the e-up! is a surprisingly practical electric city car.
Volkswagen e-up! interior space, storage & comfort
The e-up! is a small car, but as small cars go, it’s far from impractical. There are a few places for odds and ends inside, with a deep cubby ahead of the gearlever that doubles as a cupholder for large drinks bottles. The door bins aren’t huge, but they remain useful for wallets, parking tickets and the like.
Thanks to the tall roofline, there’s enough space in the rear for adults to sit relatively comfortably on shorter journeys. The fact the e-up! is five-door only helps when getting in and out, and should improve access for those wanting to fit child seats in the back. There are ISOFIX mounts on the outer seats, too.
While the e-up!’s 250-litre boot isn’t huge, it’s officially only a litre smaller than the petrol car’s – and you’ll never notice that in day-to-day running. Unless you need to carry the charging cables around with you, that is, as the dedicated storage tray at the base of the boot is tiny and only really big enough for one of the two leads provided. There’s no movable boot floor unless you specify it as an option, either.
If you want to carry people and luggage on a regular basis, then, you’re better off considering one of the e-up!’s supermini rivals. The latest Renault ZOE is a particularly adept family car – with a generous 338-litre boot and space for three in the rear. For running to and from the office or the shops, however, the e-up!’s modest footprint should suffice for most buyers.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Volkswagen e-up! electric city car was given a midlife nip-and-tuck in 2020, including a bigger battery that helped to substantially improve its range
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe latest Volkswagen e-up! has much longer range than its predecessor thanks to a more energy-dense battery, making it a more usable electric car than before
- 3Running costsThe Volkswagen e-up! is small, light and very cheap to run, so switching from an equivalent petrol-engined car could save you thousands
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Volkswagen e-up! can’t compete with the fastest electric cars, but it’s a strong performer given its diminutive size and intended use
- 5Interior & comfortWhile the VW e-up! feels well screwed together inside, the lack of a proper touchscreen infotainment system lets it down a bit
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe VW e-up! is a small car, but thankfully it differs little from the cleverly packaged petrol-engined model when it comes to practicality and boot space
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Volkswagen e-up! is based on a design that's nearly a decade old, which means it’s not as safe as more modern electric vehicles. Reliability should be good, though.