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For This is the most efficient Up of all, thanks to stop-start technology, low rolling resistance tyres and brake regeneration technology. It offers a 96g/km CO2 rating and the extra kit doesn’t compromise the driving experience.

Against The eco kit is only available on the 59bhp engine, which is not as flexible as the higher-powered version. It is best suited to an urban environment. You would have to be a regular user of London’s congestion charge zone to offset the increase in the purchase price, too.

Volkswagen Up Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

If your driving needs are purely urban then this is the most efficient and appropriate Up of the lot. However, if you venture to the countryside then the higher-powered version would be a more rewarding and relaxing experience

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14.4 secs
Top speed
100 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Target Price team says:

We’ve driven both versions of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. The higher-powered 74bhp car copes well at motorway speeds, but it needs plenty of revs to get going. The 59bhp version is slower, and while it’s capable on urban roads, it can struggle a bit on the motorway. The optional ASG transmission makes life more difficult, because its gearshifts are slow and jerky.

All models come with four airbags and stability control as standard, while an automatic emergency braking system is a reasonably priced option on any version.

The Up is pretty basically kitted. Air-conditioning and electric front windows are standard only from mid-range models onwards, and if you want the terrifically handy portable sat-nav infotainment unit, you’ll either have to add it as an option or buy the top-of-the-range car.

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