Volkswagen Up Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Up is one of our favourite city cars and is a former Car of the Year. It’s perfect for nipping around town, and if you pick the right engine it can also handle motorway runs. Whichever Up you choose, it will be powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine. We’d go for the more powerful 74bhp variant for maximum versatility, and leave out the Bluemotion Technology option – it costs more to buy and doesn’t deliver significantly lower running costs. High Up trim is our pick for most buyers, with its generous kit list that includes air-con, alloy wheels, heated front seats and sat-nav. The only option we’d consider adding is DAB digital radio because it’s good to have and should make your car easier to sell on. The only thing to steer clear of is the light interior. It’s a magnet for grime.
The 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol is the one to go for if you ever drive out of town; avoid Bluemotion Tech models because you won’t get your money back come resale time.
Stick with the manual; the ASG auto ’box is too slow and ruins the driving experience in town.
High Up is the spec to choose. You get air-conditioning, alloys, front foglights, sat-nav and heated front seats.
The only option we’d consider is DAB digital radio, which will boost appeal at resale time. Colour-wise, VW has got the palette just right, but avoid the light interior – it gets grubby easily.