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Volkswagen up!

  • tickExcellent build quality
  • tickComfortable yet fun to drive
  • tickAffordable to buy and run

Volkswagen Up hatchback (2016 - )

The Volkswagen Up is as good as city cars get. It’s enjoyable to drive thanks to a smooth ride, alert handling and excellent refinement, while its style, and quality also make it desirable. It’s practical and affordable to buy and run, making this a sensational all-rounder. Don’t buy another city car before giving this one a look.
Our verdict

Is the Volkswagen up! a good car?

How we rated this car out of 5 on the following

Volkswagen up! running costs

Is it budget friendly?

Volkswagen up! safety

How well it assists you to stay safe.

Volkswagen up! features

Driver technology, media and styling.

Volkswagen up! reliability

How durable it is.

Volkswagen up! interior

Space, materials, boot size and comfort.

Volkswagen up! performance

Power, handling, fuel and range.

Our expert review

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There’s no disguising the Up is pretty expensive compared with most other city cars. However, with the kind of spec you’d actually want to own the difference isn’t as great as you might think and the little VW feels every penny of the money you pay. The desirable image means it holds onto its value better than most rivals too, so it becomes a more attractive financial package long-term. Fuel consumption and emissions are never going to be high on a car of this type and the Up’s are competitive, if not class-leading. There’s no penalty in either for choosing the sporty Up GTI version either, which means it can be bought with head and heart in full agreement. Saying that, you’ll want to stick with the standard 60 horsepower version if you want to benefit from the Up’s favourably low insurance costs – a real benefit for young drivers in particular.

The low day-to-day running costs associated with the all-electric e-Up are obvious, but it’s very expensive to buy in the first place and though the range has been improved it will likely function as the household’s second rather than primary car.

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