An honest and rugged city car


THE Volkswagen up! is a presentable city car with few frills.

There’s something really rather charming about the Volkswagen up! I’m not sure if that’s due to its unpretentious look and feel or whether it just seems to be resolutely indestructible but here is a car that would certainly be high on my list if I was looking for an inexpensive citycar that could genuinely soak up city abuse.

You don’t buy city cars if you need acres of space although the up! is one of the bigger examples of its ilk. The tape measure even shows that the interior is bigger in some key dimensions than the Polo, a car that campaigns in a class above. Volkswagen has managed to give the rear seats a certain degree of MPV-style flexibility.

The 1.0-litre petrol engine can only summon 60PS, and on bigger roads, it can feel a bit frantic but then that goes with the small car territory. There’s also a 75P derivative.

Prices start from around £8,000 and there’s a choice of either three or five-door bodystyles and the option of a semi-automatic robotised clutch-less 5-speed gearbox as an urban alternative to the usual 5-speed manual.

Most will want to find an extra £1,000 to get themselves into mid-spec ‘Move up!’ trim, a level which for an extra £360 or so, also gives you the option of specifying a useful package of ‘BlueMotion Technology’ fuel-saving tweaks to the 60PS engine.

The Volkswagen up! is an honest and rugged citycar, take a look at it.


CAR: Volkswagen up! Move up!

PRICES: £8,970 - £9,330


CO2 EMISSIONS: 97-105g/km

PERFORMANCE: [60bhp BlueMotion] Top Speed 100mph / 0-60 14s

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [60bhp BlueMotion] (urban) 56.5 (extra urban) 78.5 (combined) 68.9 mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Anti-lock brakes with brake assist, twin front and side airbags

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height 3540/1640/1550mm.