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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.

What Car? readers say

4.6


Key facts

0–60mph
13.2 secs
Top speed
106 mph
Average mpg
60.1
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:

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I've just bought a 3 door High UP! with the optional sport pack which, in Candy White paint does look good. I thought about other 1.0litre cars, but…

Paul Phillips

4 out of 5 stars

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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
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