It’s frustrating when motoring journos fail to retain any kind of objectivity. Having read the review of the new VW Up, poor levels of standard kit- as usual with VW, below standard plastics, strange looks and expensive yet they give it 4 stars. If it drives anything like the Fox too, it won’t excel in that department either. If the Savvy had a VW badge on it CERTAINLY would not have the 1 star rating on here. Ignore it, because the Savvy is excellent for the price. £ 7K for a brand new one, good levels of standard kit- Air Con, Parking Sensors, decent sound system, 15” alloys- all probably not on the standard list of items on the Up. The looks have attracted attention too, probably as the Savvy is a little bit rarer than common-or-garden Fords and Vauxhall. Yeah there is plenty of plastic in there, but it looks decent enough, and seems well screwed together. The only downside so far is the digital fuel gauge, it offers limited accuracy, is not progressive enough and the light comes on with over a quarter of a tank left. There is nothing wrong with a needle. But what I love is the old school handling, the hydraulic steering set up gives plenty of feedback, and though it needs revving to get any serious progress going, the way it handles itself means you can carry the speed through the bends, I know this as fact, out there on the B roads of North/East Yorkshire. If you want something a bit different on a budget these days your options are fairly limited, so back the underdog!
Matti Carter, West Yorkshire, September 2nd 2011