Review

Volkswagen up! hatchback

The Volkswagen up! city car is the smallest car in the VW range and uses the same underpinnings at its VW Group siblings the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii. The up! is a rival for the Renault Twingo and Toyota Aygo, and offers good value for money without sacrificing any of VW's famous levels of quality. The exterior dimensions have a clean, stylish design, while the three-cylinder petrol engines are ideal for younger customers with enough money to splash out on a compact VW as their first car. It also undercuts its VW sibling, the Volkswagen Polo, by quite some margin, as well as offering some big car-feel and high-quality accessories brought over from the Golf and Passat. The up! comes in five main specifications, all with quirky monikers to tie into the overall concept – entry-level Take up!, followed by Move up!, High up!, Groove up!, and top-spec Rock up!. The dimensions are large enough for four adults to squeeze inside, and it's really zippy around town while still coping well when driven on the motorway. Factor in its excellent fuel economy and low running costs and the up! is an very appealing small package.