VW Up

Volkswagen Up information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about VW’s city car. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Up car range.

Background

Not quite the much-hyped, forward-thinking concept that was promised but instead a traditional city car done really, really well. There are co-developed Skoda and Seat-badged versions too; the VW is the most expensive of the trio.

60sec road test

It might look like milk carton pushed on its side and VW insists on calling it the up!, which is annoying, but this is a car that's difficult to pick fault with. It's more refined than any city car has a right to be, it's more roomy inside than you might imagine and it's incredibly easy (and surprisingly fun) to drive. Three-cylinder petrol engines provide the power, with a choice of two outputs, but you may as well go for the cheaper 58bhp version as the warmer 74bhp doesn't feel a great amount quicker on the road.

The one we'd buy

The 58bhp one

The one we'd avoid like the plague

The 74bhp one – see above

Rivals to consider

Citroen C1, Hyundai i10, Peugeot 108, Renault Twingo, Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo, Toyota Yaris

For

Neatly packaged, easy to drive (and park), roomier and more refined than you might think

Against

Slightly stingy kit levels, pricier than co-developed Seat and Skoda versions

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