For The VW Up 1.0 60 Move Up is stylish, comfortable and fun with enough power for urban driving, and all the equipment you’d expect in a car of this price, including electric windows, air-con and driver’s seat height adjustment.

Against The weak 59bhp engine means you won’t want to take this car out on the open road for long, and you’ll have to trade up to the top-of-the-range car to get the more capable 74bhp unit. You don’t get sat-nav as standard on the mid-range car either.

Volkswagen Up Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

The VW Up 1.0 60 Move Up is a great bet for those who don't venture out of the city very often, but for most people, we'd recommend the more powerful 74bhp version.

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14.4 secs
Top speed
99 mph
Average mpg
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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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