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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Volkswagen Up (12-) Hatchback
17 reader reviews for Volkswagen Up Hatchback.
  • e-up 82 BEV 5dr

    Peter Jones , . Date: 27/10/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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 the VW 3-year finance plan we are handing it in for a Skoda Citigo simply because the basic Up is just too basic for the money. It doesn't have central locking and you have to open the driver's door to open the boot or the passenger door, which is extremely annoying. The wind up windows are also a pain and the seat fabric is very poor and marks with just a single drop of rain water. For almost the same money we have gone of a Citigo Black edition which has central locking, electric windows, black paint, free servicing, alloy wheels, up dated stereo and a sat nav all thrown in for a similar price to the basic Up. We don't care what badge it has on the front so long as it is as reliable as the VW.

  • 1.0 75 High Up 5dr

    martin williams , Select State . Date: 07/09/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    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 a SMART for years and had no problems with a computer controlled "manual" gearbox. Unfortunately this is not the case with the ASG on the UP!. It has a major problem with hills, it just will not change or if it does it will hunt up and down, so you effectively "row" yourself up a step hill or worse go up it at 6k revs in first or second. Also the manual override takes more notice of the computer than you i.e. manual override does not do what it says on the tin.

    The rest of the car is really great. Very pleased and would highly recommend so long as you stay with the manual, which is not an option for us.

  • e-up 82 BEV 5dr

    Paul Phillips , Fife . Date: 04/08/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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 with 75bhp this UP! doesn't feel underpowered. The interior fittings don't feel flimsy and the heated seats do feel supportive. My car was used, with just under 7k miles but the saving on new was attractive. My only gripe is that it doesn't have the DAB radio that is now standard. I'll need to see if I can get one as a retro-fit. I've had a few VW's so I'm not new to the brand and, with the exception of a Beetle they've all been a joy to drive and own.

  • 1.0 60 Take Up 3dr

    Thomas Winther Date: 20/06/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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 price quickly spins out of control if you start adding stuff. Only added the essential aircon and metallic paint as I liked the dark blue colour.

    Strongest points: great driving position and seats, supple suspension, nippy characterful engine which enjoys revs and sounds great, enormous practicality - everything miraculously fits in this car -, fabulous economy with regards to tax, fuel, insurance etc and it is very quiet even at motorway speeds.

    Low points: the sometimes somewhat notchy gearshift, especially when changing into first or reverse, which sometimes requires an extra attempt, the sluggish response from the engine when flooring it in-gear from low speeds, especially in second gear, and the lack of a glovebox, which I have found to find annoying. Small niggles really, and I always look forward to driving it and think it looks great too.

    My advice would be to go for the cheapest model. There really is not much of a difference between the 60 and 75 bhp versions and the whole point of a small cheap car in my opinion is that it should be cheap. Try it and I think most people would be impressed.

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