Volkswagen Up (2012 -) Review

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 08 Jun 2015
4
With its cutely titled up! hatchback, Volkswagen has put together a clever package at a very competitive price. It may not be as left-field as the original rear engine concept that first appeared at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007 but it delivers a good level of refinement and an interior of a high quality that’s unusual in this sector of the market.

Volkswagen Up (12 on)
  • Good level of refinement for its size
  • High-quality interior
  • Competitive pricing
  • Little feedback from steering
  • More expensive than Mii and Citigo sister cars

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£12,705 - £16,540

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£2,304 - £14,449

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

With its cutely titled up! hatchback, Volkswagen has put together a clever package at a very competitive price. It may not be as left-field as the original rear engine concept that first appeared at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007 but it delivers a good level of refinement and an interior of a high quality that’s unusual in this sector of the market.

Spacious and practical

Both three and five-door versions of the up! are available, both with the same four-seater interior and a surprisingly deep and spacious boot.

Interior quality and levels of equipment will be familiar to existing Volkswagen customers too, so nobody will feel like they are trading down.

Three standard trims are available – the entry-level Take up!, the mid-line Move up! and the range-topping High up!

Inexpensive to run

From launch, the up! was available with a pair of 1.0-litre petrol engines offering 59 and 74bhp. The higher output variant is also available with BlueMotion Technology meaning slightly better fuel efficiency without sacrificing the Volkswagen’s other virtues.

Early 2014 sees the debut of the fully-electric e-up!, powered by an 81bhp motor. Visually it’s distinguished with LED front day running lights and has a range of 99 miles.

The up! already has strong rivals in the competitive city car sector, not least in-house from its sister cars the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo.

Can the up! keep the competition at bay and has VW done enough to keep its customers happy?

Read the full Volkswagen up! review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying new

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Split-folding seats. So much better than the whole bench folding.  

5 out of 5

Peter McCormack ,   21 Apr 2015    ... read more

 The big boot for such a small car, and masses of room up front.  

5 out of 5

Christopher Burtenshaw ,   01 Feb 2015    ... read more

 Comfy cheap to run, and not as small as you'd think, well designed and basic but honest.  

5 out of 5

Janeup Devlin ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

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