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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.

Volkswagen Up Hatchback
55 5stars

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

Hatchback 1.0 60 Take Up 3dr £8,265
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 Take Up 5dr £8,640
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 Move Up 3dr £9,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 B'motion Tech Move Up 3dr £9,785
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 Move Up 5dr £9,800
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 B'motion Tech Move Up 5dr £10,160
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 3dr £11,000
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 B'motion Tech High Up 3dr £11,360
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 5dr £11,375
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 B'motion Tech High Up 5dr £11,735
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 Groove Up 3dr £11,740
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 Groove Up 5dr £12,115
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 Rock Up 3dr £13,080
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5

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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:

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 5dr

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…

Dean Butcher

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 3dr

Brilliant little car. Cheap to run, tax £20. group 2 insurance. The car feels very safe when driving even at high speed.

Gavin Os

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 60 Move Up 5dr

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…

David James

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 B'motion Tech High Up 5dr

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…

Mark Mazarelo

4 out of 5 stars
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