Volkswagen Up Review 2023 | Top Gear
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Sunday 24th September
This is the one they all need to watch out for. VW has finally got serious about the city car

Good stuff

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

Bad stuff

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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What's the verdict?

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

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