Volkswagen Up review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD left panning
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  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD front seats
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD wide front tracking
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD left panning
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Up is a little pricier than the Kia Picanto and is more closely aligned with the Hyundai i10. However, Up resale values are slightly lower than those of the i10, so it’s predicted to be worth less after three years. 

The 59bhp engine's stop/start system improves fuel economy and cuts emissions by switching off the engine whenever you come to a standstill. Day-to-day running bills should be low, though, with an impressive official fuel economy of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of just 100g/km.

Top-spec R-Line gets heated front seats and heated door mirrors, plus the lowered sports suspension, as well as additional R-Line badging. But in fact, this then makes it too expensive to be considered as a value car in What Car? terms. 

The hot-hatch Up GTI gets the more-powerful engine, 17in alloys and sports suspension, plus adds various sporty styling details, while the electric e-Up only comes in one trim, with heated front seats, cruise control and a rear-view camera all included as standard.

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Reliability

Overview

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.

  • Good fun to drive
  • Economical three-cylinder engines
  • Relatively classy interior finish
  • Limited safety technology
  • Some rivals offer better value
  • Harsh ride on larger wheels
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