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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Volkswagen Up

Overall verdict
Will shake up the city car segment and could become a game-changer for the whole class.


Quirky good looks, build quality, honest three-cylinder engine


Seat and Skoda are doing the same for less


What is it?

The Up is VW’s smallest new car and an altogether more serious stab at building a proper city car that we’ll actually want to buy. Volkswagen has taken its creation very seriously, and, remarkably, intends this to be its biggest-selling model globally. They’ll sell more of these than the Golf.

But rather than making the Up a scaled-down version of its larger cars – as it has done in the past – the Up takes a much more intelligent approach. It’s this that’s key to its appeal, and is the reason why you may even choose one over a Volkswagen Polo.

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Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.0 115PS Up GTI 3dr
8.8s 110g/km 58.9 115 £15,690
The cheapest
1.0 Take Up 3dr [Start Stop]
14.4s 100g/km 60 £9,955
The greenest
1.0 Beats 5dr
14.9s 100g/km 64.2 60 £13,305