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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.

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Key facts

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, as it causes the car to lunge in between shifts.

There are three trim levels to choose from, and all come with four airbags and ABS as standard. It also has an automatic emergency braking system, and although it doesn’t come as standard, it can be fitted to any version as an option – it’s reasonably priced, too.

The VW Up is pretty basically kitted out. Air-conditioning and electric front windows only start mid-range, 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 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

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 B'motion Tech High Up 5dr

This car really did tick all the boxes.This was going to be my workhorse car for commuting/work and travel (I have something more sporty and extreme…

Mark Mazarelo

4 out of 5 stars
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