The VW Up! has city car dimensions , but stuffed with the best bits from larger Volkswagens
The VW Up! is the best value small car you can buy.
It has a best in class boot with a handy divider to flatten the rear load area. There is also decent rear legroom and very good headroom. There is a smart looking dash design, the instruments are clear to read, the controls are easy to reach an there is sufficient storage space too. One of the things that I really like about the Up! is the dash mounted ‘Maps and More’ screen that includes satellite navigation, additional gauges and phone hook-up. It is standard on the top of the range model, or a £300 option on the rest of the range. If most of your driving is done in town, the Up! is all the car you need.
The steering is light, so is the clutch; the brakes are sharp and the gear-change nice and snappy. There is great all-round visibility, and its ‘boxy’ design makes parking a doddle. It’s nippy and cheeky personality allows you to take liberties without other motorists taking offence. So what’s it like on the open road? Surprisingly, it’s good fun, and even the 1.0-litre engine just about copes with higher speeds.
The suspension handles bumps well and ride comfort is excellent, but there is quite a bit of wind and road noise. The steering isn’t adjustable for reach, the exposed metal door panels are quite dated and the gloss-finished dash is prone to reflection.
It can only accommodate four occupants. That said, Volkswagen have produced a very desirable, sub £10k car.
Great to drive, stylish design, low running costs