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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
14 reader reviews for Volkswagen Up Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.0 75 High Up 5dr

    Dean Butcher , Gwent . Date: 22/03/2014
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    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 daily commute. Having traded down from a much bigger Audi and having driven larger German cars for a number of years I decided I wasn't wasting any more money on cars, just wanting something new, reliable, economical and German. I didn't even test drive the Up, just sourced it online and ordered it over the phone. My work colleagues and friends all laughed when I told them I'd ordered an Up! but it's me having the last laugh as it costs so little to run. VW Cheltenham were great and and I got free insurance for a year and 3 years free servicing as part of the deal. The 75 bhp engine is nippy enough and is starting to loosen up as I approach 700 miles. The heated seats are fantastic as is the Maps & More infotainment system. I would 100% recommend this car as a first car or as a quality car to downsize to. It is much better value than the only other car I looked at, the Audi A1. I went for the 5 door version for added practicality and ordered it with the sensor pack (to get the cruise control and computer) along with the Classic alloys as I didn't like the multi-spoke wheels that are standard on the High Up! model. They look nice but must be a nightmare to clean whereas the Classic alloys are a doddle to clean and look good. I know that I can run this car with minimal costs for 3 years and still have a deposit for my next car.

  • 1.0 75 High Up 3dr

    Gavin Os , . Date: 07/03/2014
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    Brilliant little car. Cheap to run, tax £20. group 2 insurance. The car feels very safe when driving even at high speed.

  • 1.0 60 Move Up 5dr

    David James , Surrey . Date: 18/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    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 combination of the flexible engine and light weight means you don't have to use high revs very often to make decent progress around town. It isn't especially fast and is noisy at speed, but that's expected of a cheap one-litre car - others are worse. What is less expected is how comfortable it is. Despite its tiny external dimensions, all four seats are well-shaped and roomy and boot is deep, and the ride is impressively smooth without making the handling soggy. It also looks and feels well-made and grown-up. This is a very likeable car, simple, honest and, given the size and money, quite brilliant.

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