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
Trim: R Line Beats
Top-spec R-Line gets heated front seats and heated door mirrors, plus a lowered sports suspension, as well as additional R-Line badging. We’d suggest staying with the Beats trim, though, to save money and help avoid the harsher ride on the R-Line’s bigger 17in alloy wheels. In fact, the R-Line trim even pushes the Up out of our value car-category price limits.
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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