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Used Volkswagen Up 2012-present review

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Section: Ownership cost

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Used Volkswagen Up 2012-present review
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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 – either that or they have a high mileage. Better equipped Move Ups are £3000, rising to £4000 for the poshest High Up variants 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 or 2021 car, and upwards of £11,000 for a 2022 example. 

Under the later, more realistic WLTP test,  the 1.0 65 averaged 55.4mpg and the GTI 51.4mpg. 

Insurance costs should be low, helped by the fitment of automatic emergency braking, which aims to reduce the likelihood of a low-speed collision.

Road tax

For examples registered before 2017, car tax will cost £20 per year 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. Petrol Ups registered after April 2017 will currently cost you a flat fee of £165 per year, which is the same as any petrol or diesel car. The e-Up will cost you nothing in car tax. To find out more about road tax costs, click here.  

Choosing an automatic Up registered before April 2017, 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.

Servicing

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

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