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The VW Up is the most modern baby car going, and one of the most technically interesting. It finds itself up against some tough competition but has a powerful, cheeky appeal

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The Volkswagen Up city car isn't revolutionary, it's just quantifiably better than the opposition

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1 September 2011

sounds like a decent city car, and probably just what you would expect a VW city car to be. The weight appears to be about 100KG heavier than the 107/C1/Aygo though, although their replacements are due nexr year as well, so probably better to compare this to them when they arrive.

The big thing though will be the price. VWs generally carry a price premium. Will this, and if so how much. At this end of the market the price is very important, and the competition seems to be getting much tougher from the Koreans, and the others in this market.

It cant be a bad thing for City car buyers though, more choice and more competition must be good.

1 September 2011

The looks are a big improvement over the Fox. Still miss the Lupo though :-(

1 September 2011

This is an interesting new city car and an important addition to VW's range, will undoubtedly sell on name and image rather than price, should be a vast improvement sales wise on the Lupo & Fox.

1 September 2011

[quote artill]The big thing though will be the price. VWs generally carry a price premium.[/quote]

Could be easily dealt with by means of Skoda or Seat spec and a badge.

1 September 2011

This looks great. Not keen on that dark coloured bit around the rear hatch but contrasting with the red. A dark body colour would be OK though.

1 September 2011

[quote tannedbaldhead]Could be easily dealt with by means of Skoda or Seat spec and a badge[/quote]

Indeed, and the Bentley, Lambo or even Bugatti versions can compete with the Aston Cygnet and Mini by Goodwood!

1 September 2011

"commendably light at 929kg" , says Autocar.

I fail to see what is commendable about this micro-car weighing, on Autocar's own numbers, 40 kg more than a Toyota Aygo, and as much as a base model Mark II Golf.

1 September 2011

[quote Submariner Redux]

"commendably light at 929kg" , says Autocar.

I fail to see what is commendable about this micro-car weighing, on Autocar's own numbers, 40 kg more than a Toyota Aygo, and as much as a base model Mark II Golf.

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Well Autocar also say:

This might now be a conventional transverse front-drive model but VW has chased tiny details in packaging the car’s mechanical parts and the result us remarkable interior space, especially in the rear and the boot.'

Given that the Aygo has a ridiculously small boot and rear I'd say that 40KG extra over an Aygo seems reasonable.

Comparing it to a MK2 Golf is a bit irrelevant nowadays. Modern crash test laws have made cars much heavier than cars released in 1983.

1 September 2011

White goods- oops! That just slipped out. Doesn't seem to have much personality appeal, not visually in comparison to a Fiat or a Smart, but the VW badge will comfort a good many buyers. The badge carries visual echos of Chinese wood carved icons - should go well there.

1 September 2011

He/She is a cutie, and know that it will have a sense of security that my old polo had and only fiat/smart can dream of. It is this aspect, above all others that will allow it to sell. I will wait like others here to see if there is a seat/skoda version and hopefully with the 105 bhp 1.2tsi if it will fit.

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