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After ""troubles""� and poor support with a Smart for 2 cdi (yes,
a diesel!) we decided to replace it... Having read good reports in the motoring
press we decided to look into the VW up! Which model? Went to the VW website and
configured a Move up! Three months waiting... As we were reluctant to go down
this path again (other car is the Golf Plus 1.6 TDi SE which is fully loaded
with Metallic Paint, Leather, DSG, Media Pack, Roof Bars... etc) we decided to
see what was available online... Came across a demonstrator High up! at a
dealers about 55 miles away. It was four months old and virtually ""fully
loaded""� with the following:-

5-Door High up! BMT;

Interior: Dark silver/Cornsilk with Salsa Red/Grey
upholstery.

Tungsten Silver Metalic.

Sports Pack ""“ Lowered (15mm) sports suspension, ""Triangle
Black""� 6J x 16 alloys with 185/50 R16 tyres, Rear tinted windows.

Sensor Pack ""“ Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control.

Panoramic Sunroof.

Driver's assistance pack ""“ City emergency braking.



Bought the car in January, immaculate condition, four
months old with just over 5,000 miles on the clock. We've now completed just
over 2,000 miles...

I've been following the forum since January and I'm aware
of the many subjects that have come up in that time... most of which are
completely over the top and beyond expectations for what is a small ""quality""�
city car that's been made down to a price and had to keep within certain weight
constraints in order to meet the design aims... and not overlap other VW
models.

We're more than pleased with our up! It meets with all of
our expectations and has been a pleasure to run... As it's not our ""main""� car
we readily accept its shortfalls (window controls, rear luggage compartment
cover ""“ and lack of illumination etc. that have all been written about at
length) as part of its character. After all, it's only a car!

When I first got in the up! I was immediately impressed
in the quality of the ""thud""� as I closed the door ""“ ""sounds like a Golf""�!
(Remember the advert?)

As we all know, the rear gets very dirty in wet weather (front
stays remarkably clean in comparison) and from the forum I understand that rear
mudguards have little effect ""“ so won't be fitting them. Why anybody in their
right mind would want to remove the rear wiper is beyond the realms of logic
and practicality... for aesthetic reasons? If you do any decent trip on a
motorway in poor weather you wouldn't be able to see out of the rear window!
The washer and wiper are a ""must""� ""“ on the grounds of safety!

I only wash it when it's really dirty (and the weather's
not too cold!) using a pressure washer (fan only), clean with Tesco's ""Wash
& Wax""� with a big soft hand brush, then rinse off with the pressure washer.
Job done quickly ""“ and at a minimal cost.


The car looks smart with its black tinted side windows
(Sports Pack) along with the tinted tailgate and tinted sunroof. Add the
lowered suspension, 16""� alloy wheels, plus front fog lights and we have a
""standard""� car with a sense of individuality ""“ particularly as I've not seen
another Tungsten Silver up! on the road...

The dash/interior is dark silver/cornsilk. My wife has
covered the front seats (allowing for the side air bags) in order to keep them
in good condition (denim has a bad effect on light coloured seating material!).
The heated seats still work effectively.

Performance from the 75 hp engine is ""adequate""� for what
the car is ""“ particularly if driven in a spirited fashion using all of the revs.
However it really would benefit from extra power to take advantage of the
sports suspension ""“ roll on the up! GT! The sports suspension is noticeably
harder than the Golf Plus (but significantly softer than the ""go cart""� Smart!)
and does reward with the decent road holding and reduced roll in corners. Fuel
consumption does increase considerably if you drive it ""like a diesel""� and
limit revs to around 3,000 ""“ but where's the fun in that?

Motorway performance is well up to par and will keep up
with normal traffic. It will also maintain a good indicated 100 mph on motorways
""“ allegedly!

The cruise control is very useful ""“ but then I've become
used to this facility on most of my cars in the past. It's nice to see it in
such a small car as the up!

I don't do any more fuel consumption checks... What's the
point? We've got the car and we're not thinking of changing it in the near
future. I know, if I wish, I can get in the region of 60+ mpg if I take full of
advantage of the Blue Trainer and ""do as I'm told""� by the gear change module ""“
but again, where's the fun in that? Anyway, the M&M is indicating 51.7 mpg
overall ""“ I'm happy with that!

The Panoramic Sunroof has really come into its own ""“ now that
we're having some nice sunny days. There's a choice of ""tilt""� (for added
ventilation) or ""open""� (to take in the rays). Surprisingly the car is still
pleasant (little additional noise and minimal buffering) with the sunroof open
at motorway speeds...

We've not had cause to try (or rely on) the City
Emergency Braking... but it's comforting to know it's there should it be called
on. I'm not sure I would personally specify it, but it might well be fitted to
all cars sometime in the future?

I find the M&M a useful aid and have the setting on
""overall""� rather than ""current journey""� for which I have the relevant readings
on the main dial. I normally have this set on fuel range remaining ""“ but never
let the tank go below about 25% anyway. My wife has her iPhone connected via
Bluetooth and that seems to work okay, otherwise we don't bother trying to play
music via Bluetooth preferring ""live""� entertainment via Radio 2 and our local
Radio Shropshire. If I want, I have a wide choice of music on the 8 Gb micro SD
card that we have permanently installed. We find the standard fitting speakers
adequate for our needs ""“ by just adjusting the equaliser settings. We're beyond
the stage of super-woofers and people hearing the car before they see it!
Besides, we don't want the entertainment too load as we'd like to hear the
gear-box should it ever start to make a ""noise""� ""“ which it hasn't so far, touch
wood!

I'm finding the Navigon Navigator hard to get used to. I
find it's not as user friendly as the TomTom (of which I have three ""“ for different
vehicles) and after reading all of the threads on updating I'm not even going
to go there!

Apart from the aforementioned seat covers the only things
we've added to our car is a spare wheel and jack (for peace of mind) and a
small PIR (motion sensor) controlled LED light (from Tesco) which takes care of
boot illumination at night.

The rear parcel shelf was left up a couple of times when
we first got the car but now we've learned to close it every time... no longer
an issue!

Only got two minor ""quibbles""�... The reversing proximity
sensor is not loud enough (understand this is a dealer adjustment as it has
nothing to do with the M&M). The other is the location of the seat belt receptor.
I find this fiddly and too low making it often difficult to insert the belt
into. I'd have liked this to be on a small stalk... but that would have added
to ""cost""�.

All-in-all (touch wood) we're very happy with our up! and
would certainly recommend it to all.
 

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No, the one I bought was a much smaller, triangular light - and much smaller. If I remember rightly it was recommended by someone a couple of months ago... About £6.99. Works a treat.
 

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Yeah, I got one of those triangularlights(Rolson I think) from TK Maxx for about £3. Works well enough and you can always double up if need be.

The fact that the Up has plenty of flat painted metal on show is anadvantagehere!
 

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Nice review Bob, thoughful and well written

I drive a Mii, the Seat brother, and I'd agree with pretty much all you've said.

I'm delighted with mine
 

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A very good review Bob, I agree with pretty much everything you say.
 

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Excellent review Bob
 

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Nice one, Bob. Couldn't add to that. I just enjoy the car, It's size, chuckability and economy. I don't do enough mileage to worry too much about consumption so the wee car will be given its head whenever the sun shines and the road is clear and full of inviting bends!!
 

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I think Bob was honest enough to admit that basically the car - although very talented in many areas - is gutless. I have the 60HP and it's super gutless. The GT will see to that but i fear the price tag. Good review Bob!Edited by: AlanG
 

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Bob said adequate not gutless. I am surprised that so many people don't bother to research what they are getting for their money.
 

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Beevee said:
Bob said adequate not gutless. I am surprised that so many people don't bother to research what they are getting for their money.

I agree, the car is more than up to the job it was made for. Surely people road test the car and know exactly what they are buying?
 

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Fast it may not be but certainly not gutless if you rev it. I surprised an Audi A3 driver the other day who thought he could take liberties against a 1 litre city car. Most satisfying. That was in the 60bhp Take Up too.
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Having just recieved my Citigo 60bhp a few days ago and coming from a Fabia Mk1 1.9TDI with tuningbox and 130bhp, i must say im very surprised with the little engine. I had the Fabia from new and drove 186.000km in a bit over 6 years.

Ofcourse i did testdrive the Citigo before buying - even several times and also with ASG, it is still different when you finally recieve it. I´m still running it in, so i haven´t gone past 4000rpm, but i´m not having any problems following the traffic.

Also testdrove the Kia Picanto ( and other cars as well, but at the end, it was between the Kia and Citigo) with the 1.0 engine, and it felt so gutless and with no soul - the engine itself. The 3 pot in the Citigo has good torque (for what it is) and a nice sound and carachter to it. Only little niggle i have now is with the gearbox - 3rd gear feels a little too notchy and difficult to engage, but maybe it needs to bed in a bit. We´ll see.

The boot-shelf - myeah ok, so it doesn´t flip up/down when opening the boot. For me that is a small thing, and just something i need to remember. I have started driving a few times and noticed it was up, so had to stop and put it down. That can´t bring my whole world crashing.

So far i really like the car. Right now i´m a bit worried about space - if i can fit my bike in there, or if i have to get some roof-rails or something. Also doing a few mods to it, so it becomes MY car and to protect it a bit - like lining the boot, so it doesn´t scratch.

Looking forward to my summer-vacation in June when the Citigo and I go to Austria, Swiss and Schwarzwald in Germany. A nice bonding trip.
 

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It is good to hear that you like the Citigo. The car is roomy but you probably will struggle with a bike. There are several posts on here about bike racks.

The road trip sounds good. The Schwarzwald is one of my favourite places, I would like to take my Up there. This year's holiday is booked, maybe next time.
 

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AlanG said:
I think Bob was honest enough to admit that basically the car - although very talented in many areas - is gutless. I have the 60HP and it's super gutless. The GT will see to that but i fear the price tag. Good review Bob!
What on earth do you mean by gutless? I hear people saying it struggles on the motorway, and I am dumbfounded. I have had mine for a year and never needed more oomph. Do you drive at 100mph, or do racing starts, and doughnuts? I've found it fine on the motorway, and elsewhere for normal driving.
 

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please come and have a drive of our citroen C2 and then you will know the meaning of gutless. Oh, how I hate the nasty piece of wombat droppings. The whirring red @@@@@@@.
 

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They aren't torquey...we know that, but get that sweet balance between revs and gear - and she will surprise a lot of people. Such fun!!!
 

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test drive my Gpunto 65bhp and mire weight than the up! It's so slow!!
 

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Leif said:
The 0-60mph time does not represent how it drives, I think it is something to do with the torque as a function of revs, but drop a gear or two, and it can have a surprising amount of oomph, and make a snorty noise.

....which I find rather addictive
 
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