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The entry-level Take Up is the essence of a small, cheap Volkswagen.

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

12 March 2012

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12 March 2012

I think it does VW shame that safety options (City Emergency Braking in this case) are only available on more expensive models. Safety should be consistent across the entire range of any vehicle, and not just a luxury for those who can afford a higher trim level.


12 March 2012

I wish Autocar was a bit more careful with their snaps. The pics in this so-called 59bhp 'base' version feature costly alloy wheels and the interior snap is the gloss panel only available on the super-expensive High Up! model, at ten-thou' something. Or what about simply pointing this out? I had a nose around a VW forecourt yesterday afternoon and had a squint at a base model Up, finished in white. Incredibly dowdy with standard bin lid wheels. £500 too much.

12 March 2012

[quote Velvet Munchkin]I had a nose around a VW forecourt yesterday afternoon and had a squint at a base model Up, finished in white. With its standard wheels this Up looked incredibly dowdy.[/quote]

That must have been the 'Down' model

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

12 March 2012

I can see the point of an entry level Up, but the thing is, the identical Mii and Citigo cost a lot less still, and in this sector, that really counts. In my opinion, the Up makes the most sense in higher trim levels and the upcoming GT should be great. But if I were looking to buy a more basic Up, I'd probably find myself in a Skoda or SEAT dealership instead.

12 March 2012

[quote Fidji]In my opinion, the Up makes the most sense in higher trim levels and the upcoming GT should be great[/quote]

Indeed. I am anticipating going for the VW Smack my Bitch Up! when it appears in 2013.

12 March 2012

Observations:

The higher output engine is 75hp not 79hp as quoted

59hp and 75hp engines have the same torque output - no mention

Bin lid covers are perfect on a base car as no alloys to damage and 4 new covers are only £45

The Up may be £500 more than the Seat and Skoda vesions but easily recovered at resale

Take Up interior is dull but so are the interiors of the Polo and the Golf in all but the higher specs

Yes the dasboard pictures are for the higher model at £10k

12 March 2012

[quote Autocar]The 79bhp version [/quote]

...is news to me.

12 March 2012

I wish more manufacturers would pare their cars back to this sort of spec and sell them at budget prices. Imagine what the likes of a Hyundai i10 would cost with none of the guff they stick on them.

As for the UP, I have to agree with others. Personally for the saving, I would choose the SEAT or the Skoda in preference. I can't see after a couple of years ownership that the extra retained value will be that much more on the VW.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

12 March 2012

[quote TegTypeR]I wish more manufacturers would pare their cars back to this sort of spec and sell them at budget prices[/quote]

Me too. Not many budget car buyers care about Bluetooth connectivity, alloys, body coloured bumpers and electric windows. And the ones that do can spec it as an option. All superminis should have a bare bones entry level version available.

12 March 2012

The bit that sends alarm bells for me is "It needs working hard to pull away,". City cars spend a lot of their time pulling away...

Also, re the anti-lock, that'll be a real pain - my previous car (a Jazz) had a similar habit, most anoying, prevalent over poor road surfaces in particular.

I like the idea of wind-up windows, I'd be happy to go back to them any time.

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