For The stronger of the two engines is definitely the one to choose if you do regular motorway journeys. The VW Up 1.0 75 High Up provides some nice luxury goodies, and the smooth ride and good refinement make it relaxing to drive.

Against This version of the Up looks a bit pricey compared with other city cars.

Volkswagen Up Hatchback

What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

If you can afford it, the VW Up 1.0 75 High Up is the Up that you want. Pricey compared to rivals, but a bargain for the ability you get.

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13.2 secs
Top speed
106 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.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 3dr

Bought a second hand High Up for my 18 year old's first car to get to work. Excellent car, reliable. More fun to drive than my Golf. Very comfortable…

KEITH pollard

5 out of 5 stars

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Bought this car primarily for its v low insurance category to help give my 18 and 20 year old kids access to a car to gain experience and in the case…

Richard Wallond

5 out of 5 stars

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I bought a basic Start Up for my wife nearly three years ago. The car has been totally reliable and is fine for short trips about town. However under…

Peter Jones

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 5dr

We bought the High UP! with all the bells and whistles. Cost£14k so gives you some idea. We test drove the manual and ordered the ASG, as we have had…

martin williams

4 out of 5 stars
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