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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
15 reader reviews for Volkswagen Up Hatchback.
  • 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 BMT 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.

  • EV 3dr

    Lee Orton , . Date: 25/07/2013
    • 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

    We LOVE this car!

    Our main car is an old Land Rover Defender so we decided to lease a VW Up! as a cheap back-up car if the Landy is in the garage or we need a longer trip than just around the local country lanes and we couldn't be happier. It's a blast to drive, feels like a big car, tax is £20 a year and the VW lease is only £89 a month - how do they make it pay?! The only downside is the slightly grating clutch on steep hills but we're only leasing so we can wear it out and let VW worry about their only cost-cutting part.

    Most importantly thought is don't bother with any of the expensive models, we've got the bargain basement 60bhp in cheap white with nothing on it and that's all you need; it's like a Mini in the 1960s; less is more. The posh versions look a bit naff and blingy in our opinion.

    Should you get one? Yes, yes, yes

  • EV 3dr

    Kate Andrews , Northants . Date: 21/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    My car

    I bought an Up! White this year for my everyday commute. It has been a great little car so far coping with motorway and back roads well. Seats are comfortable and Maps and More infotainment works well. Bluetooth to my iPhone does not always connect. Radio reception not great but CD / MP3 sound quality is good. Would have liked a USB socket. Leather look interior was the only option that I specified and am very pleased with the car overall.

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