Used Volkswagen Up 2012 - present review

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Section: Ownership cost

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9. Volkswagen Up
  • 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
  • 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
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Ownership cost

What used Volkswagen Up hatchback will I get for my budget?

Basic Volkswagen Take Up models from 2012 can be found from £2500, but these have usually had a hard life and previously repaired accident damage. Better specced Move Up cars are £3000, rising to the poshest High Up variants which are £4000 for an example from 2013 or 2014. Spend between £4000 and £5000 on clean 2015 cars with a full service history and preferably bought from a trader or an independent dealer; hunt around and you should find similar 2016 cars for the same money.

If you can stretch to it, the facelifted car from July 2016 with a TSI turbocharged engine is available from £5000 upwards. The extra performance this version offers over other Ups in the range is worth it, along with the other improvements Volkswagen made to the Up range. Between £5000 and £7000 should net you a nice 2017 car, and between £7000 and £9000 for a 2018/2019 one. Look to spend between £9000 and £10,000 on a 2020 car. 

Used Volkswagen Up 2012 - present

How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Up hatchback?

All Volkswagen Ups have good fuel economy, especially the ones with Bluemotion Technology. These versions are fitted with low rolling resistance tyres and engine stop-start to reduce consumption to a claimed 64.2mpg, under the older NEDC tests. Insurance costs should be low, too, helped by automatic emergency braking, which aims to reduce low-speed collisions by applying the brakes, stopping you from running into the back of a stationary car.

Cars tested under the later, more accurate WLTP tests scored as follows: the 1.0 65 averages 554.mpg, and the later versions of the GTI 51.4mpg. 

Road tax will cost £20 for manual cars, but only Ups badged Bluemotion Technology get below 100g/km and free road-tax, which isn’t as good as some rivals. Any Up registered after April 2017 will cost £150 for a years road tax. Choosing the automatic version, however, doesn’t penalise you as it would in rival offerings, with lower CO2 figures than the manual and providing one of the few good reasons to choose it.

Volkswagen has fixed price servicing on their cars between 3-15 years of age, which should help you to reduce costs on service items. It is worth noting though if you plan to keep your Up long-term, that the 1.0-litre engine requires a cambelt change every three years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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