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Hello all, I'm considering buying an up Groove, not sure if there's any kicking around here in an Edinburgh dealership (as I have to hear the sound system before dropping the dough), not had a chance to sit in one yet but going to go to a VW dealer soon as I'm seeing them around and after watching lots of review videos and reading this forum I'm becoming obsessed!

It would be my second ever car, (currently on a 1996 MK1 MX-5), so something more roomy, economical, and modern and comfy will be a nice change when I sell up. I've went as far as calculated the tax/MOT/petrol/insurance over 5 years for each car, I would save around £6.6K after 5 years! (not taking into account residual value and having a warranty), I can post my stats in a while (they're on my laptop). Not made of money so I'd be putting down 3.6K deposit (still saving) and then getting a loan for the rest. I currently do around 90% city driving, so I'm sure it will suit me to a tee! Just wanted to say hi and see some feedback...
 

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Can't see an edit button, my other main contender is a Kia Picanto 'White' (the new top spec), also here's my little maths that I've done :)








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MX5



Tax ""“ £220x5 = £1,100

Insurance £421x5 = £2,105

Petrol ""“ (MPG ""“ 31/10K Miles per year) - £1981.36x5 = £9906

MOT - £55x5 = £275

Residual Value - £

5 Year Running Costs - £13,386





Up



Tax ""“ (First year free) £20x4 = £80

Insurance ""“ £297x5 = £1,485

Petrol ""“ (MPG 60.1/10K miles per year) - £1023.72x5 = £5118

MOT - £55x2 = £110

Residual Value - £

5 Year Running Costs - £6,793
 

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Hello and welcome.
We had a mx 5 mk 1 a while back, and I can say that our Up is just as much fun to drive.You might not realistically get 61 mpg around town though. Our maps and more ( which are known to be optimistic ) gives us an average of 64.4 mpg, but that is with very little town/city driving.Don't get me wrong though...they are economical cars with VW build quality and a great FUN factor.

Go well.
 

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Thanks for the input mate :)...yeah I figured I would get a fair bit lower, although saying that my old MX-5 is also de-catted and not in the best shape so I doubt I'm getting near 31 on that either haha!
 

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Hi Shivers, I considered a groove up, my local dealer said they were a September car so i'd imagine some dealers will be getting them in as stock or demo cars soon, to replace the outgoing up white/black.

I did similar maths to work out what I'd save over a 25mpg car, don't forget that maintenance costs will be far lower for at least 3 years. VW are also doing 1 year free insurance and 3 years servicing for 199 quid when you use their finance.

My dealer wasn't sure what the fender sound system was made up of, other than a sub and an amp, you'd hope that the speakers were all upgraded with fender units of a high spec.

I would say, don't get a KIA! But then I am biased!
 

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Go and test drive the Kia and the Up of your choice and I think I know which one you will want to buy


Go well.
 

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Andy - That's great to hear, hopefully a local dealer will have one I can listen to soon then, yeah maintenance was another thing I hadn't summed in - as you mentioned it will be lower though which is great! (obviously mines is well over a decade out of warranty haha). I hope they've also done the speakers, I found this picture, which makes it appear so, unless it's just a cheeky badge on top!

Night Owl - I shall do that, from what I've read the VW is easily the better ride, so I think you may be right :)
 

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Been there...got the T shirt my friend.

Go well.
 

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Obsessed ?
You'll fit right in


I'm looking at getting a combo like yours.
A sensible car - yup, that'd be the up - and a fun kite.


Still got to decide about the fun kite, and awaiting some new models, but in the meantime the li'l up is proving a good stand-in.
 

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Obsessed ?
You'll fit right in


I'm looking at getting a combo like yours.
A sensible car - yup, that'd be the up - and a fun kite.


Still got to decide about the fun kite, and awaiting some new models, but in the meantime the li'l up is proving a good stand-in.

Think you mis-read fella, or I didn't write it clearly, this will be replacing my MX-5 :)
 

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I wouldn't hold out too much hope of seeing a Groove Up in a dealership unless its already sold. I've been waiting 10 weeks and no sign yet.

As for the sound system, it's a 300w Panasonic amp with Fender speakers, which are different from the standard ones.

Just buy the thing and you should have it for Christmas!
 

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Thanks mate, I did think that would probably be the case! I e-mailed a local VW dealership, asking if they have a Groove in, and what size the sub was (I'm assuming 8"..), just got a generic response saying to come test drive the new up!, and finance rates blah blah blah! :)
 

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When we bought our Mii, we drew up a shortlist of about 10 small automatics, narrowing them down to Up/Citigo/Mii and Kia Picanto, taking into account all costs, the driving experience, deals available and quality of the dealer.

It was a close thing, but the VAG trio just edged the Kia out and the Mii won because it had the best deal and - although not a deal breaker - by far the best salesperson.

Whichever of the trio you choose, they're all great cars. Although it's SWMBO's car I try to 'steal' it as much as possible! Love it!
 

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Well as luck would have it, my car is on its way to the UK. Should have it end of next week so I can answer your questions myself!
 

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Can't seem to get a quote on Drivethedeal, guessing they have no offers on the Groove? (I get an error when I try to quote).
 

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Hi , I bought my High Up via Drivethedeal. I have just had a look and I can get a quote for the Grove.

I tried the 3 door with no options and it came out as £10,720.

You need to choose Up Haychback Special Edotions after you select Volkswagen.
 

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Thanks for the swift reply! I had done that, guessing maybe Chrome is bugging out, hmm, nearly £1000 saving..that's awesome!
 
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