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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
13 reader reviews for Volkswagen Up Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.0 75 B'motion Tech High Up 5dr

    Mark Mazarelo , London . Date: 02/08/2013
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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 for the weekends). Test drove both the 60bhp and 75bhp from Skoda and VW. To be honest not much difference,if any,between the engine sizes. Both very refined and "fast enough" on the road and motorway. Had planned to get the Skoda but a 4 month wait! VW luckily had one on the transporter coming over,and matched my spec wish list the closest (BMT,sunroof,white). Also came with 16" sporty alloy wheels and sports suspension and spare wheel and few other bits which I was not bothered(park sensors) about but pushed the price up. Was a bit worried about the 16" wheel/suspension package as the test drive models were all on standard 15" wheels and was worried they would ruin the ride. Need not have worried. Still has a lovely supple ride and remains refined,but looks pretty mean/cool and funky. Am so pleased I got the sunroof and has come into its own over this summer heatwave we have had. Has an internal blind as well so you can still get the breeze,when its open without getting sunburnt! Easy to park,small turning circle,good visibility,refined,heated seats. Took about 1000 miles to loosen up a bit as was sluggish in 2nd gear especially pulling away from corners. Now done just short of 4000 miles in 2 months,and really very nippy. Will happily sit at (ahem) 80mph+ on the motorway if needs be.Economy 42-49mpg so far. Recommended.

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