City cars are the cheapest cars to own thanks to their frugal engines, miserly emissions and competitive prices, but the up! is the best of the bunch. Yes it costs slightly more than its Skoda and SEAT stablemates, the Citigo and Mii, but it should be worth more than its siblings when it’s time to sell and you get to enjoy the smart looks of the VW model – not to mention its more desirable badge.
From behind the wheel the sophisticated driving experience feels anything but cheap, as you get the kind of fluid ride that is alien to most cars in this sector. It flows along beautifully and its willing 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is easily up to task of powering the up!.
Remarkable refinement and lively performance make it a brilliant choice, while fuel economy of 60.1mpg means fuel stops will be a rarity. Cheaper up! models may retain slightly less of their value in percentage terms - White is the flagship trim level - but lower prices make them equally appealing when it comes to resisting depreciation.