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Volkswagen Up

(2012 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

69
%
B

Used car score:

75
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

76
%
B

Safety Rating:

52
%
D

Eco Rating:

70
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

85
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

69
%
B

Used car score:

75
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

76
%
B

Safety Rating:

52
%
D

Eco Rating:

70
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

85
%
A

Summary


The Volkswagen Up (styled as the up!) is a city car-class small hatchback, available with either three or five doors. It is effectively the same vehicle as the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo, neither of which are still on sale.

An electric version of the Up was also available for several years, called the e-Up. Unsurprisingly, this is virtually identical to the SEAT Mii Electric and Skoda Citigo e iV, although all of these electric models have now ended production. There is also a high-performance model called the Up GTI, which we have covered separately.

Despite being in production for nearly a decade, the Volkswagen Up is still one of the highest-rated small cars on sale. As of January 2024, it holds an Expert Rating of 69%, which is significantly better than the (now discontinued) electric e-Up, with the consensus of reviewers being that the little Volkswagen works much better as a petrol car than an electric one.

The Volkswagen Up has been highly praised for its build quality and driving dynamics, as well as its low running costs. However, its safety rating was downgraded by Euro NCAP due to its lack of modern accident-avoidance technology.

Moving into 2024, the Up has now been removed from the model configurator on the Volkswagen website, signalling that the city car is essentially now retired. However, you may be able to find some brand new stock at UK dealerships for a limited time.

Key specifications


Body style: Small three- and five-door hatch
Engine: petrol
Price: From £14,630 on-road

Launched: Winter 2011/12
Last updated: Spring 2019
Replacement due: TBA


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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 81%
Child protection: 83%
Vulnerable road users: 46%
Safety assist: 55%

Notes on safety

The Volkswagen Up was initially given a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP when it was first assessed, which was way back in 2011. However, it was reassessed in 2019 and downgraded to a three-star rating. It still provides competitive protection in the event of an accident, but it no longer meets the highest standards for avoiding an accident in the first place.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Volkswagen Up has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. The Up is now an old car, so it is likely that it will never be tested by Green NCAP. If it does ever happen, we’ll update this page with the results.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volkswagen Up to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Up, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models55 mpgB50 – 55 mpgB – B
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models117 g/kmA115 – 127 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models3A2 – 3A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£141A
Year 2£434A
Year 3£676A
Year 4£893A
Year 5£1,175A
Overall£3,319A

Unsurprisingly, the Volkswagen Up is a very cheap car to own and run, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption is about as good as you’re ever going to see from a purely petrol engine (without any form of electrical assistance), while the Up also rates very highly for servicing, insurance and road tax.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Up has received

2020

  • Auto Express Awards – Best City Car

2019

  • Auto Express Awards – Best City Car
  • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best City Car
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best sub-110g/km Petrol Car

2018

  • Auto Express Awards – Best City Car

2017

  • Auto Express Awards – Best City Car

2016

  • Top Gear Awards – Best First Wheels
  • Telegraph Cars Awards – Best Car Under £10,000

2013

  • Fleet World Honours – Best City Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best City Car

2012

  • World Car of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Car of the Year
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best City Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Compact Car
  • Fleet World Honours – Best City Car
  • Next Green Car Awards – Best City Car

2011

  • Top Gear Awards – Best Small Car

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Volkswagen Up, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Citroën C1 | Fiat 500 | Fiat Panda | Hyundai i10 | Kia Picanto | Peugeot 108 | SEAT Mii | Skoda Citigo | Toyota Aygo | Toyota Aygo X


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