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For The VW Up 1.0 60 Take Up is a stylish, agile and fun with enough power for urban driving. Rides very smoothly and has a very desirable image.

Against The 59bhp engine lacks pace when you need it on high-speed roads. It’s pretty basic inside too, with no air-con and manual windows. It also lacks a rev counter.

Volkswagen Up Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

The VW Up 1.0 60 Take Up is a capable city-hopper with chic looks to match. It's pretty sparse on kit, though, and we think most people would prefer the more powerful 74bhp engine.

What Car? readers say

4.642857


Key facts

0–60mph
14.4 secs
Top speed
99 mph
Average mpg
62.8
Tank range
miles
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Size

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Buyer's notes

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.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 60 Take Up 3dr

Having owned a basic 1.0 60 bhp Up! take up 3-door for nine months I can warmly recommend it. I decided on purpose to go for the cheapest model as the…

Thomas Winther

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 5dr

I've had my High Up for only 2 weeks but am already hooked. It is an amazing little car that does everything I need it to do on my Mon-Fri 40 mile…

Dean Butcher

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 3dr

Brilliant little car. Cheap to run, tax £20. group 2 insurance. The car feels very safe when driving even at high speed.

Gavin Os

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 60 Move Up 5dr

The one down side of this car is how rough the 3-cylinder engine is when cold. However, it does get smoother and quiet when it's warmed up, and the…

David James

5 out of 5 stars
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