Our cars: Volkswagen Up - December
Week ending December 21
Driven this week: 518 miles
Volkswagen Up review
These updates are in danger of turning into a long list of praise for how well the Up handles motorway driving. I don't need to tell you, therefore, how well it managed a 450-mile round trip to Liverpool this week, but I would urge you to drive one and see for yourself.
I was grateful for something else, too, although it didn't come as standard on our High Up – or any Up for that matter.
It's currently not possible to add a USB connection to your Up, so I’ve plumped for an aftermarket 12V to USB converter. It works perfectly, cost me less than £10 and is something I'd highly recommend going for, especially when your smartphone runs out of battery.
By Rory White
Week ending December 14
Driven this week: 60 miles
The Up is back from the paint shop, and they've done a fantastic job.
The trip to the garage has also spurred me to keep in mind something else. When I got into the car, I automatically reached out to change the radio station (rather rudely left on Kiss FM) to find no screen, just the stem that holds the unit.
After a few seconds of frantic searching, it turned out to be in the driver's door cubbyhole, smartly hidden from sight. It's something I don't do often enough, and considering all it takes is the click of a tiny catch on the rear of the screen, I'll be stowing it in the glovebox once parked from now on.
By Rory White
Week ending December 7
Driven this week: 58 miles
After parking the Up on the side of the road in Twickenham this week, I returned to find it battered and bruised. Someone had driven past and knocked the passenger door mirror, cracking the casing and scattering their glass down the Up’s passenger door.
My glass survived, but I had a scratch just below the passenger window deep enough to expose metal.
A few phone calls and four days later, Volkswagen had ordered and painted a new mirror cap. The cost: £80.38.
The scratch is a different, more expensive, matter. The whole door needs painting for it to look right. I heard the mechanic mumble something like £300. I’ll let you know how I get on.