The Volkswagen Up offers plenty of choice to appeal to a wide market, including electric and hot-hatch variants. It combines fun driving manners with generous standard equipment, while a high-quality interior sets it apart from rivals such as the Kia Picanto. It’s a shame the entry-level engine is a little underpowered, though, and automatic emergency braking isn’t available.get the best price
The Up Beats is our recommended trim, and adds niceties such as ambient lighting, a multifunction steering wheel and an upgraded Beats audio system for not a great deal more money.
Engine: 1.0 R Line
The regular Volkswagen Up is only available with one engine: a 1.0-litre petrol unit with just 59bhp. While it has enough pep for inner-city driving, trying to reach motorway speeds is an outright struggle, and you’d have to wait for a long stretch of country road if you need to overtake a tractor.
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