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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.

All versions get six airbags, stability control and Lane Assist, while the City Emergency Braking Pack system is a £440 option.

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 the 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.

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  • Name
    1.0 Take Up 3dr [Start Stop]
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
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Most Economical

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

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

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