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Volkswagen up! review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Volkswagen Up is a small car with a small engine, which means low running costs

Volkswagen doesn’t offer a diesel engine with the up!, so all versions (except the e-up!) come with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit under the bonnet.

The 64bhp versions deliver a maximum combined economy of 54.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 117g/km, while the 113bhp GTI is only slightly less efficient at 51mpg and 126g/km of CO2.

The e-up! has a 36.8kWh battery which means maximum range is now 162 miles under WLTP rules. 

Insurance groups 

Being a small car with a focus on value, the Volkswagen up! is about as cheap to insure as it gets. The entry-level up! is in group 2, while the sporty R-Line version is only in group 3. Premiums will predictably rise if you opt for the GTI, as this sits in group 17. However, the up! will make a great car for learner drivers, who normally pay high premiums to insure their cars.


The Volkswagen up! is predicted to keep around 42% of its value over an average ownership period of three years and 36,000 miles. 

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