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Volkswagen Up! (2011-16)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Volkswagens small city car the UP! is fun, personalised with funky names and offers an excellent ride, refinement and at a decent price too.

  • Cheap to run
  • Funky trims
  • Three or five doors
  • Un-inspiring looks
  • Only one engine
Road Test

The new Volkswagen up! offers space for four, the latest technology and highly efficient engines. The up! has two 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine options as well as a BlueMotion Technology version; it will have three doors and three trim levels - Take up!, Move up! and High up! - plus a special edition, the up! black and up! white. A five-door version was added in 2012, with many of the same virtues as its three-door sibling: a 2.42 m long wheelbase offers interior space and a 251-litre boot. Take up! The 1.0-litre 60 PS Take up! has Key items of specification include body-coloured bumpers, daytime running lights, front and side head/thorax airbags, the new RCD 215 CD radio with aux-in, rear ISOFIX points, and 14-inch steel wheels. Move up! this brings ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with EDL and ASR, plus a host of comfort-oriented features, including remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows, easy-entry seats, a height-adjustable driver?s seat, variable-height load floor and 60:40 split/fold rear seats. Outside, the Move up! gains body-coloured door mirrors and handles. For just 360 more at new, the Move up! BlueMotion Technology adds a Stop/Start system that reduces urban fuel consumption by up to six per cent, battery regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres. These measures enhance combined fuel economy to an expected 68.9 mpg, and reduce CO2 emissions from 105 g/km to a forecast 96 g/km ? making it exempt from road tax. High up! The 10,390 75 PS High up! model is perfect for sophisticated urbanites, coming as it does with heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake grip, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, the Maps & More personal infotainment device and a choice of dashboard colour. From the outside, the High up! is distinguished by its front fog lights and 15-inch alloy wheels. up! black and up! white - black and up! white models are based on the High up!, but add even more style, from the deep black pearl or pure white metallic paint to the chrome door mirror caps and door side strips to the 16-inch alloy wheels with body-coloured centre sections. Inside there is a body-coloured dash, special 'stripes' upholstery and carpet mats. The UP! has won a host of awards as a top class, efficient small car at a decent price to buy and run.

Need To Know

Best Models: One engine only, trim choice to suit personal taste

Volkswagen Up! (2011-16)
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Running Costs

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Value for Money

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