- J​CT 600 - Wakefield - March 2018

T​he Volkswagen Up! makes a great first car

So I've found...

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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…

W​akefield Test Centre - September 2018

W​akefield 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.

Happy Motoring!

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Comments (35)

  • Thats a fantastic first car. Most people’s including mine was crap.

      8 months ago
    • What did you have mate?

        8 months ago
    • A Nissan micra, the only saving grace was that my parents gave it to me and paid the 1st year of insurance. I like most kids at the time, I put a loud sound system in it.

        8 months ago
  • Yep fully agree - my daughters share an Up as their first car - when they are back at Uni I use it a lot as its like a little urban go kart. Brilliant car.

      8 months ago
    • Couldn’t agree more! That’s is something I regret not talking about in the post, the surprising go kart feeling that the car gives.

        8 months ago
  • As great as the up is, I've been researching cars for many years for a first car and I feel like the tiny engine is just a bit too small, I might be wrong it could be punchy.

    The best things for a first car would be, 5 doors 1.2 to 1.4 2008 higher and a price point within 5,000, petrol. I know you could find a good example polo 2010ish for within 5k

      8 months ago
    • 8 months ago
  • I think you are in fantastic 'company' Cain. The "UP" is the logical successor to the ubiquitous Beetle. My first car was a Beetle. I drove the wheels off of that car; my friends named it the "Mach 5" because I drove it foot to the floor at all times. I actually spun that Beetle, on dry pavement, full 360 without rolling it, twice!

      8 months ago