We rather liked the 1.0-litre turbocharged version of the revised Up, but here it is with the old 1.0-litre engine without the turbo. But this means it gets all the updates of the revised model but a more sensible price tag. Does that balance up?
Firstly, that engine. We simply couldn’t get anywhere near the time that VW claims for the 0-62mph spring. We couldn’t better 14.3sec instead of the claimed 13.5sec. Maybe it was this particular car, that’s possible and we’ll let you know when we’ve tried another one.
But maybe it’s also the effects of efficiency, with the Bluemotion tech improving consumption and emission but not exactly improving performance. Whatever, you’ll need to thrash this 74bhp engine to get yourself moving out of town. Which isn’t a hardship as the three-cylinder engine sounds great and has a rugged feel to it albeit with a touch of vibration to go with the vibe.
In town of course, in the car’s natural environment, that’s not such an issue. It can keep up with traffic no problem, although it’s not the performance which is this car’s strong suit. That is the handling. It’s hard to credit how stable the Up feels when you’re rolling along, as if you’re in a much bigger car. It’s a sophisticated ride for such a small vehicle and is definitely an uptick.
That sensation continues in the cabin. It’s like a bigger VW, just compressed. The same feeling of high quality, the sense of clever design and fine materials. Our High Up spec car got the 5.0in touchscreen as well as a smartphone cradle, which is a step up from the old Garmin transportable system. Add in new colourways, new styling and more, and you have a neat little package.
Would we choose this model over the more powerful turbocharged version? Perhaps, as it’s not that many hundreds more. But, then, you’re also adding in more running costs and more pollution so, if that is important to you or your company then this model does the job, so long as you’re not planning on mixing it on the motorways with the faster traffic. This is a classy little car.
Volkswagen Up 1.0 75 BlueMotion Technology High Up
On sale Now
Engine 3cyl, 999cc, petrol
Power 74bhp at 6200rpm
Torque 70lb ft at 3000-4300rpm
Gearbox 5-spd manual
0-62mph (official) 13.5sec
Top speed 106mph
Economy 68.9mpg (combined)
CO2/tax band 96g/km, 14%