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Small cars are growing in popularity by the day ""“ and VW is ready to cash in. The Volkswagen up! is its new entry-level model, a direct rival for the Fiat 500 and a car that will spawn Skoda and SEAT-branded versions. It also promises to bring new levels of quality and space to the city car segment, and we were the first in the world to get behind the wheel.

The 2007 concept car's rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout has been ditched in favour of a more cost-effective front-engine, front-wheel drive setup. Fortunately though, it hasn't hampered the practicality. At around 3.5 metres in length it's almost identical to the Fiat 500, but a particularly stretched wheelbase and short overhangs mean it's a triumph of packaging inside.

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/firstdrives/271981/volkswagen_up.html
 
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