The Volkswagen Up is a previous overall Car of the Year, and it’s still one of the finest city cars you can buy. Choose our preferred engine, the 74bhp, three-cylinder unit, and you’ll have enough pace for motorway use, as well as excellent refinement
The rest of the Up’s mechanicals are beautifully judged, with direct steering, a slick gearshift and a ride that’s soft enough for suburban potholes, but firm enough to keep body lean in check.
True, the Up’s cabin isn’t as spacious as the new Hyundai i10’s, but it’s beautifully finished, with quality plastics and fabrics in all the places you’re likely to touch, and a ‘piano lacquer’ insert in the dashboard that looks suitably posh. Our preferred trim level, High Up, brings lots of kit, too, including air-con, heated front seats and even sat-nav.
Even after haggling, you’ll be paying almost £10,500 for a three-door city car. However, running costs will be low, and residual values will help you when you come to sell your car on.