Volkswagen up! hatchback

Price  £8,870 - £13,580

Volkswagen up! hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Affordable
  • Spacious interior
  • Comfortable suspension
  • No steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Automatic gearbox is jerky
  • Body lean in corners

At a glance

The greenest
1.0 60PS Move up! BlueMotion Technology 3dr £10,285
The cheapest
1.0 60PS Take up! 3dr £8,870
The fastest
1.0 75PS High up! 3dr £11,500
Top of the range
1.0 75PS Rock up! 3dr £13,580

"The VW up! is a small city car with a high-quality feel that takes the fight to the capable Hyundai i10."

The Volkswagen up! is one of the best small city cars on sale today. It competes with our car of the year, the Hyundai i10, and shares many of its parts with the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii.

Arguably one of the most appealing parts of the up! is the VW badge on the bonnet. Inside, the up! is pretty basic, but it's well built and simple to operate, while buyers can choose to fit a removable sat-nav system that's handy for town driving.

The up! can be specified with a choice of two small three-cylinder petrol engines that are cheap to run, but quick enough for city driving and the occasional motorway trip. They suit the up!'s agile handling and city-friendly dimensions.

A high level of personalisation keeps the up! and its driver in touch with their youthful side. You can choose from a wide range of colours and alloy wheels, plus a number of option packs that add neat touches such as chrome trim. For the bolder buyer, the Rock up! model (a latecomer to the range) comes with a striking grey stripe running along the bonnet, roof and bootlid.

While the up! costs about £500 more to buy than the equivalent Skoda Citigo or SEAT Mii sister model, its superior desirability and style just about justify the extra money. But bear in mind that the entry-level Take up! misses out on some basic equipment, such as air-conditioning, so you'll probably end up paying for some optional extras. You’re better off making sure that you choose the right spec at the outset.

The Volkswagen up! starts from under £9,000 for the basic Take up! model, with the high-end special-edition Groove up! and Rock up! models costing over £12,000 and £13,000 respectively.

MPG, running costs & CO2

5 / 5

Volkswagen up! BlueMotion offers rock-bottom running costs and free road tax

Engines, drive & performance

3.9 / 5

For such a small car, the Volkswagen up! is surprisingly good fun to drive

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

A classy and comfortable interior means the Volkswagen up! is a nice place to be

Practicality & boot space

3.2 / 5

The Volkswagen up! is very well packaged inside, offering plenty of space for a city car

Reliability & safety

4.2 / 5

The Volkswagen up! is a well made car and safety is a priority

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
Out of the VW Group trio, the Skoda Citigo is our favourite city car, but we think the VW up! looks the best, and the VW badge is likely to appeal to many buyers.
4 / 5
The Up will be one of the smallest city cars on the market. At 3.5 metres long, 1.6m wide and 1.5m high it closely mirrors the scale of the Fiat 500 yet promises superior interior space for four adults.
8 / 10
Being a VW, it's all you would hope in terms of quality and an upmarket ambience, plus we also really like the optional Maps+More satnav system that clips into the dashboard.
What owners say 
4.1 /5 based on 20 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
25 Nov 2014
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