Volk­swa­gen Up!

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING - with Steve Howarth

I HAVE to ad­mit I was not ex­pect­ing to like this week’s test car.

At 6ft tall and 14 stone – and be­ing used to a Jag as my daily driver – the thought of a week squeez­ing into a tiny ‘city car’ seemed a less than ex­cit­ing prospect.

How­ever, I need not have wor­ried as my 1.0-litre VW up! proved to be a real hoot.

It is one of small­est four-seaters you can buy at only 3.5 me­tres long and 1.6m wide and the three-cylin­der petrol en­gine has just 60bhp (0-62 in 14.4 sec­onds) – but what the car lacks in size and power it makes up for in charm and prac­ti­cal­ity.

First up get­ting in and out is no prob­lem, even in the back, as the lit­tle four door car is a full four- seater. Se­condly, I was ex­pect­ing it to strug­gle on the mo­tor­way, but far from it. Added to that the han­dling was great, build qual­ity ex­cel­lent (as you ex­pect from VW) and level of equip­ment sur­pris­ingly good.

With its smi­ley front end and diminu­tive pro­por­tions, it is one of those cars that in­spires a feel good fac­tor – es­pe­cially as you are do­ing your bit to ‘save the planet’ with over 78mpg pos­si­ble on a run and CO2 emis­sions at a lowly 95.

Added to that fu­el­sip­ping abil­ity are low in­sur­ance costs, zero road tax and on the road prices from £8,635.

Our test car, came in at £10,235 on the road as it boasted a num­ber of ex­tras in­clud­ing the ‘Maps & More’ touch­screen nav­i­ga­tion and in­fo­tain­ment de­vice.

And if you re­ally want to save the en­vi­ron­ment there is now an E-up! – VW’s first fully-elec­tric ve­hi­cle, although it is a hefty hike in price to £19,270 to go green.

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