VW Up - surprisingly good
Added: 19th of September 2015
I do between 500 and 1,000 miles a week for work and needed something cheap to run so settled on an Up. Having done around 4,000 miles in it so far I've been very impressed with the mpg, which has been between 55mpg (driving it reasonably hard) and a shade under 65mpg (driving it like every day was a Sunday and sticking to 60mph on motorways). The only downside I've found is that the clutch clicks every time the clutch is brought up and released. This is a common issue so I've read and having the radio turned up means you can't hear it anyway. The seats are fairly comfy, more so than the Fiesta I had previously and certainly more comfy than the BMW I had prior to that. I do extensive driving and although I was initially sceptical about this cars capabilities its managed to impress me so far. It's not exactly quick, but then it's only a 1 litre engine. It's very reasonable on acceleration all the way up to 50-60mph considering the low power output. I bought the spare wheel assembly from VW direct for £156 which is pretty expensive but I'm sure will be worth it if I end up with a puncture. Service intervals are every 10k per oil service and every 20k for every inspection service. The turning circle is probably the best of any car I've owned and it's so easy to park I can do it with my eyes closed. So far it's been money well spent.