James May on the Volkswagen Up
You saw it on last night's show, now read Captain Slow and Paul Horrell compare it to the Fiat Panda
Posted: 17 Feb 2014
JM You can't just go and get another car from the stationery cupboard. But I know what you mean.
PH It's about thinking about what you can remove. Like when the Toyota Aygo arrived - so much had been taken out. The tailgate hinge was also a conductor, and just one hinge. And the interior light only came on when you opened the driver's door. The Up has a glass tailgate, which is all a tailgate needs to be. Each time I've driven the Up, it's improved.
JM OK, look. I like the Panda, and the feeling of driving it. I like its attitude. I like the fact that it's called a Panda. And that I've already got a Panda and I'm a Panda fan. And it's a Fiat, and small Fiats are amusing. I think we may have overblown the TwinAir thing, although it is nice. The thing about the Up is that it's lovely to sit in - it's very tasteful, and truly small. And, as you say, it rides properly, it's nice and agile. But it's... crushingly square. And the Panda comes in interesting colours and has those interesting square/circle motif things.