Move Up! 1.0 3-door
it may be but Volkswagens
city car will not disappoint.
Already voted What Car? magazines
2012 Car of the Year, it also came
second to the Vauxhall Ampera /
Chevrolet Volt range extender electric
car in the European Car of the Year
competition. Up!, theres
no doubt, is
definitely going places...
UP!, FOR ITS SIZE, is a surprisingly roomy car and despite the lack of two
rear doors (five-door versions will shortly be joining the first-off-the-line
three-door versions) there's reasonable access to the two rear seats.
Boot space (251 litres) is okay for shopping but most other items will require
you to drop the back seats do so and you'll have a useful
Two types of customers are expected to buy themselves an Up! young singles
who will appreciate its relatively low price, low insurance and low running
costs, and older couples who will be happy to downsize and reduce their motoring
the Up! is VW's latest three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine, available with
59 or 73bhp (60 or 75PS) and emitting as little as 96g/km.
Officially the 59bhp Up!
returns 62.8mpg but on
test it returned an
And owners will not pay
a penny in road tax for
the First Year although
after that they will get hit
with a £20
More popular of the pair is the 59bhp unit if you travel alone and without
much weight, it does a good job of keeping up with traffic.
Press it to perform however and the engine lets you know how hard it's working,
and it can run out of breath on long or steep ascents.
so, this 999cc 59bhp engine is ideally suited for commuting: officially it returns
62.8mpg but, surprisingly, on test two-up it returned an impressive 64.3mpg!
With CO2 emissions a low 105g/km, owners will not pay a penny in road tax for
the First Year although after that they'll get hit with a £20 annual charge!
Keeping a lid on motoring costs is the Up!'s 1E insurance rating and its £8,970
purchase price. Plus there are easy finance options: my test 59bhp Move Up!
model can be on your drive for just £79 per month over three years with a 10,000
annual mileage allowance all you need is a £2,336 deposit.
The 73bhp Up! is, as expected, more suitable for longer journeys, particularly
those involving hilly routes. The extra power makes it a slightly stronger performer
(106mph top speed and 0-62mph in 13.2 seconds) and means it has to work less
hard maintaining high motorway cruising speeds. Both engines, incidentally,
have the same 70lb ft of torque at 3,000rpm.
The larger capacity Up! still officially averages 60.1mpg but when I drove one
it did better than that 63.6mpg. With a 108g/km emission figure, road
tax costs are the same as for the 59bhp model. The only difference is the insurance
rating: just one group higher, at 2E.
When it comes to comfort the Up!, in the most popular Move Up! spec, serves
up a better and more compliant ride thanks to its 14-inch wheels the
Up! Black's 16-inch wheels generate a firmer ride as well as seeming to give
the car less ability to cope with potholes.
The seating itself is supportive and the three-door Up! easy enough to enter
and exit, but if rear seat passengers are likely on a regular basis I would
wait until the five-door model arrives. I also think that residual values for
the five-door Up! will be higher in the longer term.
Move Up!'s interior is well done with all controls and instruments logically
arranged and the standard specification includes manual air conditioning, remote
central locking, a good sound system, power windows and door mirrors, cloth
upholstery, a very smart 'Black Pearl' finish to the upper dash, heated rear
window, and folding rear seats.
Up! may be the baby
of the VW range
but even so it comes
essential safety kit
such as an electronic
ABS, and a full range
Safety kit includes daytime running lights, adjustable headlights, an electronic
handling programme, traction control, ABS, and a full range of airbags.
A key option is City Emergency Brake a sensor and camera operated system
which 'reads' the road up to ten metres ahead. If the driver is four metres
from a hazard and not acting to avoid an accident by steering, braking or depressing
the clutch, it activates the brakes to prevent a collision. The system costs
around £200, fitted. Models with it also drop down to the lowest 1E insurance
Another option is a highly-sophisticated 'Maps & More' mobile Personal Infotainment
device. This clips above the central console and can be used to organise navigation,
telephone, information, and entertainment.
Reasons to go Up! are plentiful: it's the best city car on the market (and exceptional
in most areas), comfortable, fuel-frugal, low tax and insurance, very competitive
pricing for the no-frills version, and low-cost finance. Against that is wind
noise on motorways and the fact that the 59bhp engine runs out of puff on hills.
A very smart and efficient transport solution for today's cost-conscious motorists.
But above all, it's just so easy to drive and park. David Miles
Move Up! 1.0 3-door | £8,970
Maximum speed: 99mph | 0-62mph: 14.4 seconds | Overall test MPG: 64.3mpg
Power: 59bhp | Torque: 70lb ft | CO2 105g/km