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
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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 14 Volkswagen Up versions available

Hatchback 1.0 60 Take Up 3dr £8,870
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 Take Up 5dr £9,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 Move Up 3dr £9,925
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 BMT Move Up 3dr £10,285
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 Move Up 5dr £10,300
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 BMT Move Up 5dr £10,660
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 3dr £11,500
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 BMT High Up 3dr £11,860
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 5dr £11,875
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 Groove Up 3dr £12,125
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 BMT High Up 5dr £12,235
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 Groove Up 5dr £12,500
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 Rock Up 3dr £13,580
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback e-up 82 BEV 5dr £24,795 TBA

Buyer's notes

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:

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 60 Take Up 3dr

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…

Richard Wallond

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback e-up 82 BEV 5dr

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…

Peter Jones

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback 1.0 75 High Up 5dr

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…

martin williams

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Up Hatchback e-up 82 BEV 5dr

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…

Paul Phillips

4 out of 5 stars
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