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Volkswagen Up (2012 - )

Last updated 24 September 2014

Funky little city car. Prices start at £8265. Cheap to run with low CO2. Lively and fun to drive. World Car of the Year 2012.
Only the Move Up BlueMotion is under 100g/km. Automated manual terrible.
Updated 30 May 2014

Complaint from 80 year old of "simply dreadful" automated manual. We explained that the system cushions upchanges and he must not press the accelerator harder when it does this.

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The Up is one of the most important cars Volkswagen has launched in recent years, offering a well thought out and compact package that’s economical, easy to drive and appealing to those downsizing from larger cars. It’s nimble, distinctive, well built and represents good value for money. SEAT and Skoda both have their own versions, called the Mii and the Citigo, respectively.

Two versions of the same 1.0-litre petrol engine are offered, one with 60PS and one with 75PS. Both produce the same amount of torque and provide enough go to make town driving enjoyable, while a tall fifth gear makes motorway cruising subdued. Both engines are efficient, with the cleanest BlueMotion model returning a claimed 68.9mpg and delivered a low 96g/km of CO2, making for free VED and congestion charging.

There’s plenty of space in the cabin despite an overall length of just 3540mm. Space in the rear is good, with room for six-foot passengers. The boot is 251 litres, but can be expanded to 951 litres by folding the seats. Both the three-door model and five-door model have the same exterior dimensions and boot space. The former is on sale now and the latter goes in sale in September 2012.

Sit behind the wheel and you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a larger car. The Volkswagen ‘feel’ permeates the cabin. Everything is solid and well put together, and although there is a lack of soft touch materials the Up doesn’t feel any worse off for it.

It’s easy to drive, with a characterful engine sound, smooth gear change and light steering. Visibility is good and because of the ‘wheel on each corner’ design you’re always very aware of the car’s small size, making it simple and enjoyable to thread through tight traffic. 

Volkswagen Up 2012 Road Test and Video

See also Skoda Citigo 2012 Road Test

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Owners' Reviews


Great fun and much more than a city car, it's fine for long distances too.

On 27 July 2014
SL320 R129
By max_gain

Always wanted one from a lad.

On 14 June 2014


On 1 April 2014

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