Car of the Week: Volkswagen Up!


At just 3.54 metres long, the Up! is the perfect, city-friendly car due to its small size and light weight. Designed to excel in city driving conditions, the Up! is manoeuvrable, well packaged and easy to park. Not only that, but the base models are in insurance group 1 and are thus be among the cheapest cars to insure, so might be a great choice for a new driver. For these reasons, we’ve selected it as our ‘Car of the Week’.

As sales of small, compact city cars continue to grow, the market has become flooded with good, affordable options, but where does the Up! rank? Well, for starters, as mentioned the Up! is pretty easy to park, at only 3.54 metres long and 1.64 metres wide, it can fit into almost any parking space, while offering great all-round visibility.


As well as being small and agile, Volkswagen have done very well in ensuring that the Up! maintains its interior space and it has a high-quality feel you would expect to find in larger cars. The Up! easily has enough room inside for four adult passengers to travel comfortably over relatively short distances.

From taking one look at the Up! it is clear that Volkswagen have targeted a much younger audience than they did with the Fox or the Polo, with both its interior and exterior styling reflecting a move to a younger demographic. The car maintains a youthful and playful feel, with its new three-cylinder engine emphasising this. It is the perfect engine choice for young drivers looking for economical motoring with low insurance costs.


Overall, cabin space and rear-legroom have been prioritised over boot space, but there is still ample room for shopping, even if some larger items may have to be placed on the back-seats instead. The split floor Volkswagen has placed in the Up! is helpful for this too.

For the driver, the dashboard is dominated by a large speedometer, with a clean and minimalist design adding to the appeal of the Up! In addition, the ‘maps + more’ Volkswagen system is an excellent addition, which is a removable tablet-style device that offers information to the driver about local landmarks, car parking spaces and internet-based services.

image007In terms of accessibility, the Up! is a relatively low car, but not inconveniently so.. Plus, the Up! is comfortably tall enough so that, once inside, there is plenty of headroom. Admittedly, the three door model is slightly more restrictive for those getting in the back, but this is an acceptable concession for the majority of owners.


Volkswagen has a proven track record when it comes to security and safety and the Up! is no different. Independent tests have found the Up! to be very secure so it has been classified as one insurance group below what it could have been as a result. Plus, with the addition of City Emergency Braking and a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, the Up! is safe, too

In many ways, the Up! is an ideal first car or for those who just want a nippy vehicle to get about town. It is small, well-built, good looking and safe. Even the base models are well equipped (although the entry level Take Up! is missing some kit that buyers might want to add, such as air conditioning)  and there are optional safety extras on the higher trim levels. Plus, While the 1.0 litre engine under the bonnet is pretty nippy at city speeds and can cope with motorway speeds when needed, it discourages new, young drivers to overstep their limits.


This particular model has only done just over 2,000 miles since new, and comes complete with a removable satellite navigation system, voice control, 16” alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, voice control, rear tinted windows and groove cloth upholstery. If you’re interested then take a look at the full listing here, and take time to view our user reviews. But be quick as it’s bound to be snapped up quickly.


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