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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
18 reader reviews for Volkswagen Up Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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