Volkswagen Up review

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Volkswagen Up
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3 Nov 2016 17:03 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:03

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What Car? Car of the Year. Yep, the Volkswagen Up is a previous winner of our greatest accolade and was once the benchmark by which all city cars were measured.

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.

These days, the competition is a whole lot fiercer. The Picanto and i10 have moved on in leaps and bounds and the Up also competes with the mechanically identical Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo.

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.

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There are 6 trims available for the Up hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Up Beats
The Up Beats is all about enjoying your music. It's based on Move Up trim but adds a 300W, seven-speaker sound system with a subwoofer for punchier bass. You also get the upgraded 5.0in colour info...View trim
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High Up
High Up trim gets you a lot of kit for your money, so it's our favourite. This includes as standard 15in alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth, heated front seats, electrically operated and hea...View trim
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Up GTi
The Up GTI is based on High Up but adds loads of bespoke styling touches and front sports seats. You'll still want to add city emergency braking, though...View trim
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E-Up
The all-electric version of the Up is expensive on paper, although you do get a government grant to lower the cost. It’s more appealing on a lease deal or as a company car, though – the latter due...View trim
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Take Up
Entry-level Ups aren’t blessed with much equipment. Steel wheels, LED running lights, remote central locking, a DAB radio and a CD player are included, but air-con isn’t on the list. Take Up trim i...View trim
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Move Up
Move Up models get electric front windows, a USB socket, a full-sized spare wheel, split-folding rear seats and a height-adjustable boot floor. We reckon this trim makes more sense than Take Up, al...View trim
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