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Well I am surprised and disappointed and I was not impressed
with my first close encounter with an UP.
I should explain; I am an almost lifelong VW fan. I have owned nearly 30 VW's, mostly air
cooled but have had a few water pumpers as well. My last water cooled VW was a Lupo which was
a fantastically capable car in which I covered 30,000 miles in it two years including
three very long continental trips. I really
like well executed small cars and I had great expectations for the UP but I
never even drove it.

Last week a close friend wanted
to look at potential new cars so I suggested an UP or Polo and off we went to
the local VW garage. I am thinking of possibly
changing my car soon so this trip was useful to me as well. I have seen quite a few UP's about and a few
of their Skoda cousins but I have never sat in one. This is where the problem starts; it feels
cramped but it doesn't look like it in the publicity photographs. This was a big puzzle till I realised that the
seats were smaller than the Lupo I used to own. This makes the interior look bigger than it
really is. I realise that the UP is not
a Lupo but I naively thought of it as a successor to that fine car but I am
afraid it doesn't come close in the sense of space the Lupo gives. A Lupo surprises most people who travel in
them and they often say things like ""˜it feel so spacious in here'. I am afraid the UP did not give me that feeling
which is a great shame.

Unfortunately it then got worse. We discussed finance and prices. No real deals on the UP and my friend was
more taken with it than me. We also
inquired about the Polo and the best they could offer was a £500 discount on a
base model. All a great shame really
because VW are probably losing two customers, not just one. I was considering replacing my C30 with a Sirocco
or waiting till the UP GT comes out. Not
so sure now.

Is there anyone on this forum who has made the jump from a Lupo
to an UP and if so how did you find it?

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To be honest, they must be doing something right, as they are selling them in crazy numbers, there's about a 4 month wait I think now for an order.
I have never been in a Lupo, but I must say, for a small car, to me, the Up! doesn't feel cramped at all. And it's much more spacious than, say a fiat 500. I've not heard of anyone until now complain about the amount of room. But, everyone has their own opinions on things.
It's definitely true that VWs just aren't the same any more, their cars of old have been magnificent. But, I genuinely believe these are a nifty little package.
I'm with you on the discount thing tho, dealers seem to be driving a hard bargain, again, I guess it's due to the numbers sold tho.
That said. If its not for you, it's not for you.
 

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I used to have a Lupo GTi. Fond memories of it are one reason I now own an Up.

The Lupo was a fabulous little car and the Up fails to better (or even meet it) in some areas - those brilliant tilt and lift front seats for one. Overall, though, I think the Up will carry the Lupo's mantle onwards well enough. The differing intetior design does seem less airy, but it is actually very roomy and has just as much character as the Loop.
 

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Well we had a x reg Lupo 1.0 which had done nearly 200,000 miles and still going strong!apart from boot lock and window winders,but drove great still.

We purchased a up 2 months ago and we love it ,

The up does drive a lot nicer and as it is a new car every thing works and is easy to drive I am sure if the Lupo was brand new against the up,then would be very similar I think the Lupo is slightly quicker than our 60ps Up, but as you can't buy a new Lupo anymore and there is a lot more room in the up than the Lupo especially in the back
 

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I drove my Lupo for 9 years and put over 160,000km on the clock before trading it in for an up!. Though I loved my Lupo I haven't missed it since taking delivery of the up!.
 

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I have a Citigo Elegance Greentech 75. The only reason I went for a Citigo instead of an Up was purely down to delivery dates suiting my circumstances. I went from a Scirocco to a Citigo because my annual mileage changed dramatically and the Scirocco became too much of a luxury. The first thing my wife commented on was how much room there is and how spacious it feels compared to the Roc - then how quiet it is and how much less road noise than the Roc. I am used to nice cars but since I have had the littlun I have nothing but fun driving it around. Quiet, comfortable and light to drive with all the "nice to haves" that I need. For city commuting it is brilliant, reaching running temperature in about a mile and the heated seats and back rests are just dandy. Try both a 75 and a 60 ad although on paper you wouldn't expect to feel the difference but from my experience the difference is quite noticeable. I am whizzing around not even thinking about driving economically and getting very good MPG. Obviously you are/were attached to your Lupo but give the Up/Citigo a good try. I have none of the possible "teething" issues with mine but then again I don't look for them. Regarding discounts - I would sooner not have discounts as they are only reflected in the trade in prices.
 

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I changed from a 1.9tdi golf to the up!(Dug as we call him)
I was worried that dug would not be much fun to drive but

ooooooooh!
how wrong was i?

I made the mistake of getting attach to the golf???
But after the couple of test drives i was hooked on the up!
we sold the golf in January of this year, then we had to borrow my mother-in-law's
Chevy kalos 1.4 auto????
Even my brother were have a laugh and a joke about buying the up!

our wee Dug did arrive until April the 19th!
Wife got first drive (to drop the kalos of at mother-in-law's)
I could keep up! with her????
I'd pull up behind her at traffic lights as soon as the changed she was off while i planted the go pedal hard to the floor on the kalos!

Buy and enjoy your new
Volkswagen up!
Seat mii
or even
Skoda citigo.....



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I swapped my 2005 Lupo,which I had for seven years for an UP!,and as much as I loved my Lupo I feel the UP! is a massive leap forward. I can't think of anything were the UP! doesn't beat the Lupo. Its a cracking little car.
 

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I'd rather drive into a wall with my up than in a lupo. in fact if I leave my car to do it's job ,I can't drive into a wall (at low speed)
 

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I love my Up. It feels roomy inside, especially in the back, and it drives really well. I've recently driven a Merc A class (old one) and a Merc B class, and the former feels much smaller inside, and is horrible to drive. The latter is of course at least as roomy inside with a much larger boot, but the Up is nicer to drive.

By the way, if you want a Polo, try DriveTheDeal.com. A basic Polo is £9,196, saving you £1224, and a 1.4L 5 door is £11,292 saving you £2279.
 

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The Up definitely has more equipment, although the Lupo has two window switches

They both have a place on my drive
 

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The Lupo was a good car, what you have to remember is it was replacedby the Fox which was awful. The Up has now replaced the Fox and is better all round

Id say the Up is not as good quality wise as the Lupo but its cheaper in real terms and has a better engine.
 
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