The Lupo's Sucession? - Volkswagen Up! Review
No cross country roadtrips on the motorway on this one, except you don't mind being overtaken by all the buses in the world.
Late last year I went on vacation to the Azores and rented a car to get around. What car? A teal blue Volkswagen Up!, a 60 horsepower 1.0L petrol engine equipped car. And I basically got the sensation from the start that it was a modern-day Lupo.
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It even has the same body color door inserts.
The engine's power output is what I can only call adequate for city driving and maybe driving to the nearest town, not really anything more than that. No cross country roadtrips on the motorway on this one, except you don't mind being overtaken by all the buses in the world.
But don't let this deter you if you don't go on the motorway daily.
It is very economical, I don't have surgical stats, but I've spent 2 full days running around São Miguel island doing "tourist miles" and the little car only sipped around 13 liters averaging around 4.7L/100Km (60 MPG) which, in a hilly island is very good indeed.
The interior feels like something well assembled but out of cheap materials, but I'd like to see one with some miles on it to see how it copes with use and time.
One thing I hated, was the gear snifter mechanism. It was a horrible, plastic, vague stick in the middle of the center console. The throw was longer than the island I was in. And the worst thing, by far, was the "press down to reverse" thingy, I really, really hate those. It is idiotic. Can't you just do a normal "right and back" to reverse? Or a paddle that you push up to engage it? I was driving along and the weight of my hand pushed down on the thing while shifting gears all the time.
That's annoying, period.
All in all, this a great little city car, and if you don't mind the cheap feeling gear change (I'm coming from an Honda, so I'm biased) you got yourself a great little car for your short errands that won't burn an hole in your pocket.