In-depth reviews

Volkswagen up! review - Reliability and safety

Volkswagen has a solid reputation for reliability, although the up! could improve on its Euro NCAP safety score

The Volkswagen up! received a full five-star safety rating in its original 2011 Euro NCAP test. However, the testing procedures have since been adjusted and, when re-tested in 2019, the up! was given a three-star score.

This was largely due to VW deleting the formerly standard City Emergency Braking Pack, along with more rigorous Euro NCAP testing standards. Sadly, autonomous Emergency Braking is no longer even an option. However all versions of the up! do get six airbags, stability control and Lane Assist.

The up! didn’t feature in our 2020 Driver Power survey, but Volkswagen itself finished in 19th place out of 30 manufacturers.

Warranty 

Volkswagen offers an industry standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty with the up!. It’s easy enough to find rival city cars with longer periods of cover if you want them – the Hyundai i10 and the Toyota Aygo both come with five-year/unlimited-mileage warranties and Kia offers seven years and 100,000 miles of cover with the Picanto.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers guidance on fixed and flexible servicing approaches, depending on the age of your car, mileage covered and what type of driving you regularly undertake.

Next Steps

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 Take Up 3dr [Start Stop]
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £9,320

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 Take Up 3dr [Start Stop]
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £9,320

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 115PS Up GTI 3dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £15,275

Most Popular

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal
Vauxhall Crossland Griffin
Vauxhall Crossland

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal

The new Vauxhall Crossland Griffin undercuts the SE on price, but adds more equipment
26 Jul 2021
New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New Porsche 911 Turbo hybrid spied at the Nurburgring
Porsche 911 Turbo Hybrid - front
Porsche 911

New Porsche 911 Turbo hybrid spied at the Nurburgring

Development of the first electrified 911 is well underway, with a prototype spied testing at the Nurburgring
26 Jul 2021