Used Volkswagen Up 2012-present review

Category: City car

Section: Alternatives

Used Volkswagen Up 2012 - present
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  • 9. Volkswagen Up
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  • Volkswagen Up 1.0 Move Up 5dr
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Used Volkswagen Up 2012 - present
  • 9. Volkswagen Up
  • Used Volkswagen Up 2012 - present
  • Used Volkswagen Up 2012 - present
  • Used Volkswagen Up 2012 - present
  • Used Volkswagen Up 2012 - present
  • Volkswagen Up 1.0 Move Up 5dr
  • Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD infotainment
Used Volkswagen Up 2012-present review
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Volkswagen Up hatchback?

The Hyundai i10 would be the one to consider if you need more interior space, because this is one of the roomiest cars in its class. It can be had with a 7.0in touchscreen in higher trim levels, whereas the Up requires you to use your smartphone. The i10 isn’t as much fun to drive and it doesn’t have a five-star NCAP safety rating, though.

You should also look into the Up’s stablemates, the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo, because they are essentially the same car, except with different badges and interior finishings. Neither of them can be had with the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine from the Up, though, so they aren’t quite as effortless to drive. Both cars went electric-only in 2020.

Overview

Thanks to its big-car feel, quality interior and sense of fun, the Up is one of the best 

  • Comfortable ride and fun to drive
  • Economical three-cylinder engine
  • Upmarket interior
  • Some rivals are better value
  • Smaller engines are sluggish
  • Optional automatic gearbox is slow and jerky