For The Volkswagen Up is a funky-looking city car, which is economical, spacious and good to drive.
Against It looks a bit pricey compared with some rivals and the lower-powered engine can struggle on the motorway.
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The Volkswagen Up is one of the best city cars around; it's great to drive, classy and cheap to run.
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There are 13 Volkswagen Up versions available
Target Price team says:
We’ve driven both versions of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. The higher-powered 74bhp car copes well at motorway speeds, but it needs plenty of revs to get going. The 59bhp version is slower, and while it’s capable on urban roads, it can struggle a bit on the motorway. The optional ASG transmission makes life more difficult, as it causes the car to lunge in between shifts.
There are three trim levels to choose from, and all come with four airbags and ABS as standard. It also has an automatic emergency braking system, and although it doesn’t come as standard, it can be fitted to any version as an option – it’s reasonably priced, too.
The VW Up is pretty basically kitted out. Air-conditioning and electric front windows only start mid-range, and if you want the terrifically handy portable sat-nav infotainment unit, you’ll either have to add it as an option or buy the top of the range car.
Reader test team says:
Brilliant little car. Cheap to run, tax £20. group 2 insurance. The car feels very safe when driving even at high speed.
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…
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…
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…