Our cars: Volkswagen Up - July
Week ending July 26
Total mileage 9555
Driven this week 166 miles
Volkswagen Up review
The Up is back from the garage and I’m pleased to report I’ve been enjoying a suitably chilled commute this week, despite soaring temperatures outside. £730 to repair the problem certainly wasn’t cheap, but there’s no evidence to suggest that stone-damage is a common problem at all.
The Up has been getting more expensive in another way, too, though.
When we took delivery last September, its list price was £10, 515, but by March 2013 that had risen to £10,665. Today a High Up 75 3dr model costs £10,900 – a £385 increase, yet no extra efficiency or kit.
Furthermore, our current Target Price stands at £10,472, which is just £43 less than the original list price.
However, the Up is far from being the only car on sale with a list price creeping steadily northwards, and it remains superb value for money considering its breath of ability and residuals that put some competition to shame.
By Rory White
Week ending July 19
Total mileage 9389
Driven this week 101 miles
Typical. The first few weeks of hot weather we've had all summer and the Up's air-conditioning decides to pack up.
I thought it'd be a simple case of a re-gas (a fairly simple job that usually costs £30-£50), but it turned out that a stone had freakishly flicked up off the road and punctured the air-con compressor.
The bill for a replacement unit was an eye-watering £710, and because the damage wasn't caused by a mechanical defect, the cost wasn't covered by the Up's three-year warranty. Ouch.
On the plus side, the dealer (Colbornes in Walton-on-Thames) was always polite and friendly and even gave the car a (much needed) clean before I picked it up.
Week ending July 5
Total mileage 9029
Driven this week 186 miles
It was set to be the hottest day of the year so far, so where else to take the Up but to the seaside!
A sprint down the motorway to Hayling Island and we were there. The Up surprised us all on the motorway at how smooth the ride was and its little boot was ample for our picnic blanket and buckets and spades.
After a few hours digging holes, paddling in the sea and riding the mini log flumes at the fun fair, it was time to go home.
Now, our family is used to melting in hot cars in the summer as our 20-year-old Golf doesn't have the luxury of air-con, so it was no surprise when we climbed into a sweltering Up.
Air-con on full and even half an hour later, we were still melting (both kids had fallen asleep in the heat!) as it seemed the air-con was blowing out warm air. We ended up opening the windows on the way home, despite the extra noise on the motorway this caused.
I think it might be time to check the air-con, Rory.
By Michele Hall