But that was back in 2012. And when the Up first arrived on the scene, the competition was decidedly ordinary: the Fiat 500, the previous-generation Hyundai i10 and the Kia Picanto were its main rivals.
There’s a three-door version for those more concerned about style than practicality but, should you regularly carry rear passengers, you can pay a bit extra to have five doors. The Up is also one of few cars in this class available with a turbocharged engine (the 1.0 TSI 90), so performance can be surprisingly brisk.
So, is the Up still the benchmark in the city car class and which engines and trims make the most sense? Read on over the next few pages to find out.