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Auto Express have awarded the VW Up - 1st / Gold in their best city cars of 2012

"Once in a while, a contender comes along that simply blows the competition into the weeds ""“ and the VW up! is a prime example. Like a four-wheeled Usain Bolt, the new city car (and its SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo stablemates) has redefined what's possible in its class. With its big-car refinement and comfort, spacious cabin and grown-up driving dynamics, this brilliant Volkswagen has proven to be a small car revolution.

It features neat styling and compact dimensions, while the cabin is solidly constructed from high-quality materials. There is also plenty of kit, with mid-range High versions getting air-con, heated seats and sat-nav. It's spacious, too. Four adults can be seated in comfort and the boot will swallow a healthy 251 litres of luggage ""“ that's almost as much as a Ford Focus.

On the move, refinement and comfort impress. Noise is minimal, the driving position is perfect and the ride does a fine job of soaking up bumps and potholes. And while the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine isn't the last word in performance, it's smooth and keen. What's more, it emits only 108g/km of CO2 and promises 60.1mpg economy.

Yet the icing on the cake is the price. The entry-level model costs only £8,000, which makes the up! a real bargain. If you're in the market for a city car that leaves all its rivals trailing, look no further"

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/grouptests/278590/2012_new_car_championship.html
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