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 So would I. I'm a bit torn now. If I were to replace mine, I'd still want a simple small car, because I believe in that. So would I buy a new Panda, or the Up? I'd actually be tempted by the Up, because it is genuinely small, without being bloody mindedly small, like a Smart car. But the Panda would possibly make me happier. If you make a dent in a Panda, it's a crying shame, but not the end of the world. Do that in the Up, and you'd have to mend it.
PH We also have a slight resistance to the inevitable. And there's something inevitable to this business about how VW has stomped into the small-car market with their phenomenal production volumes. It's like we don't want them to win again. And, besides, we have a history of liking small Italian cars.
JM Yes. They're always slightly endearingly crap somewhere. The button for the trip computer rattles on my Panda - it sounds like a mosquito as you drive along. The Up is very nice. But it has an exclamation mark. And, as you know, those are put there by someone who isn't confident in his own jokes. So I think I'm going to stick with my old Panda. The Up just isn't funny.