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, because its gearshifts are slow and jerky.
All models come with four airbags and stability control as standard, while an automatic emergency braking system is a reasonably priced option on any version.
The Up is pretty basically kitted. Air-conditioning and electric front windows are standard only from mid-range models onwards, 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:
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…
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…
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…
Brilliant little car. Cheap to run, tax £20. group 2 insurance. The car feels very safe when driving even at high speed.