The Volkswagen Up! makes a great first car
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The Volkswagen UP!. Arguably, the most desirable out of the three almost identical versions of the VAG 1.0 litre city car - the VW Up!, Skoda Citigo and the Seat Mii. This is the car that takes the fight to the Hyundai i10, Toyota Aygo and Fiat 500 for the title of the most appealing city car - with the Up! sharing the vast majority of its internals with the Skoda Citigo and the Seat Mii - although each manufacturer offers different trim levels to showcase their own take on this city car.
For myself, the cute little Volkswagen Up!, which I aptly named Humphrey, holds a special place in my heart. Not only did my Beats Edition Up! help me navigate through my first years of motoring, it was also the car that I learnt to drive in, the car I passed my drivers test in, and the car I had my first (small) bump in. The other firsts I will leave to your imagination…
Wakefield Test Centre - September 2018
The Up! offers everything that a 17 year old driver could possibly want. Phone connectivity, a punchy three-cylinder engine, and easy-use, well weighted controls that can brood confidence in even the most nervous first-time drivers. Also, the small, almost box-like shape is extremely easy to manoeuvre around any fast-food restaurant drive-thru and late night, supermarket car park trips— the pass-time of the modern teenager.
The Up! was designed by former Alpha Romeo Head of Design, Walter de Silva, who knows a thing or two, having designed some of the best looking cars to date, such as the Alfa Romeo 4C. The Up! somehow manages to look cute and moody at the same time without falling into the “hairdresser’s car” category. All of this meant that I felt no shame in being seen in and whizzing about in the UP! with the funky dash and sublime leather steering wheel.
I have focussed a lot on the appeal that Humphrey has for a modern teenager, but in reality, it is perfect for anyone who lives in/around cities - which, I suppose, is the purpose of this car. The three-cylinder engine is perfectly strong enough to whiz anyone to and from the shops (no matter which out of the three available versions a buyer chooses) whilst also being lively enough to stand up for itself on the motorways.
So, it’s comfortable, it’s cute, it will be as reliable as Trump’s sun-bed, and is possibly the cheapest car for any first time driver to insure.