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
20 reader reviews for Volkswagen Up Hatchback.
  • 1.0 75 BMT High Up 5dr

    Gareth Jones , . Date: 30/09/2015
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      64

    My car

    I bought a High Up three years ago as a second car. The plan was to keep it and hand it to my daughter when she learned to drive. Unfortunately divorce put paid to that plan and as a result the UP became my main car. However, I have not been disappointed. It was a change to go to that from a qashqai i must admit but the UP has been fantastic. I added most of the available extras including sound pack, anti collision system, cruise control etc along with the maintenance agreement and protective paint.

    The first thing to say about the car is how big it feels for a car with such a tiny footprint. There is plenty of room for 4 and although it would be a little tight on a really long journey, its very comfortable. Up front you soon get used to the environment and it soon starts to feel bigger than expected and the driving position is comfortable too. For 18 months while i had the car i needed to travel from London to Leeds every weekend and I have to say it ate the mieage. I was dreading the prospect but i con honestly say I was as good as going in my Nissan. It not a quick car on paper but it feels nippy. It has a lovely gearbox and is easy to get rolling. The engine also has a pleasant sound and is free revving up to the high reline. And it cruises beautifully on the motorway at 80. It will do more comfortably too but I rarely felt the need.

    All round a fantastic car and highly recommended. Don't write it off because its small. Its a big car in a small package!

  • 1.0 75 High Up 3dr

    KEITH pollard Date: 18/07/2015
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    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 for me at 6ft 2in. Nippy around town, economical and cruises effortlessly at 70 on the motorway. Love the car. Character, economy and reliability.

  • 1.0 60 Take Up 3dr

    Richard Wallond , Bucks . Date: 12/04/2015
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    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 of my son the chance to consolidate his practice in the run up to his test.

    I drive a new BMW520d which I love, but actually I've really fallen for the Up. We have a 3 year old basic model but it drives like a dream, easy gear change, good brakes and contrary to what I have read whizzes along the motorway just fine. Masses of headroom and I'm amazed how 4 adults can really fit in just fine. I've not checked the mpg but it seems v frugal so far. My son finds it really easy to drive too. Boot is not large but still enough for the usual shopping trips and yesterday my wife squeezed 4 bags of compost into it so it's still enough!

    My only gripe is the lack of central locking and a/c. On the plus side our car came with the optional Satnav unit which also has Bluetooth phone and media capability.

  • 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.

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