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Volkswagen Up

German carmaker Volkswagen has a long history of producing cars in the city car or supermini sector.  It was traditionally served in this sector by the Volkswagen Polo, but as this model grew in size the Volkswagen Lupo was introduced beneath it in the range in 1998.  From there, via the Volkswagen Fox, the manufacturer arrived at the Volkswagen up! range in the 2011, as part of a new range of New Small Family cars across the Volkswagen Group’s brands, to include the Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo, and eventually the Audi E1.  The Volkswagen up! was first seen in production form at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but can trace its lineage back to a series of Walter de’Silva and Klaus Bischoff-designed concept models showcased by Volkswagen at various times over the preceding five years.  The Volkswagen up! was released to a fanfare of praise, scooping the World Car of the Year and What Car? Car of the Year awards for 2012.

The Volkswagen up! range start from £7,995 for the entry-level Volkswagen Take up!, rising to £10,515 for the Volkswagen High up!.  All of the models in the Volkswagen up! range are powered by a 6-valve, 1.0-litre petrol engine and all are fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

All models in the 3-door, 4-seater, Volkswagen up! range boast combined fuel economy returns of over 60mpg, with BlueMotion Technology models topping 67mpg.  All models are aimed a being fuel efficient and economical, and the BlueMotion Technology models are also exempt from UK Road Tax and the London Congestion Charge courtesy of CO2 emissions figures of under 100g/km.

The Volkswagen up! has won many compliments for its styling, with manages to be both fun and contemporary, but remaining clean and unfussy at the same time.  The diminutive dimensions of the Volkswagen up! hide a deceptively roomy passenger cabin, which is comfortable and well thought out.  It’s safe too, with a 5-star overall safety rating awarded by Euro NCAP after extensive crash testing.  Volkswagen have a hard earned reputation for reliability, and the up! will hopefully continue in this tradition.  The Volkswagen up! has already won fans with its nippy and nimble performance in the urban motoring environment, and is expected to become a major player in the city car market for VW - it will be unlikely that you will see a used Volkswagen Up on the market for some time.