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Evening all.

Im a big Ford fan and im running a 270bhp Focus ST
so a UP is going to be a big change power wise BUT its going to me daily car as going to be buying a Mark 1 Ford Escort.

Im going for a testing drive this weekend,
How do people find them? Good little runner? I think they look smart for there size and the price is more appealing to me a daily car and free insurance for the 1st year.

there is my current car
 

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If you want a nippy little car that's cheap to run and full of character then the UP is a good choice.
Don't compare it to a large Ford and you'll be well pleased !
 

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seaneylad said:
Evening all.

Im a big Ford fan and im running a 270bhp Focus ST
so a UP is going to be a big change power wise BUT its going to me daily car as going to be buying a Mark 1 Ford Escort.

Why are you thinking of buying an Up as well as an Escort?

seaneylad said:
Im going for a testing drive this weekend,
How do people find them?

Remember where you leave it. I leave mine on my drive, so it is easy to find the following morning.

seaneylad said:
Good little runner? I think they look smart for there size and the price is more appealing to me a daily car and free insurance for the 1st year.

there is my current car
The Up is not a hot hatch, more of a tepid hatch. But it is perky round town as it likes to rev in a low gear. It is fun to drive, but at higher speeds you need to learn to drop down to 3rd if you need some welly. It is very practical. Cheap to run, easy 60mpg unless you do lots of short journeys, or drive in traffic. Quite roomy. Very short so dead easy to park. Not quiet inside, but not noisy.
 

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Derkie54 said:
If you want a nippy little car that's cheap to run and full of character then the UP is a good choice.
Don't compare it to a large Ford and you'll be well pleased !

Yeah i think they look quality, They have character and priced well :)
 

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Leif said:
seaneylad said:
Evening all.

Im a big Ford fan and im running a 270bhp Focus ST
so a UP is going to be a big change power wise BUT its going to me daily car as going to be buying a Mark 1 Ford Escort.

Why are you thinking of buying an Up as well as an Escort?

seaneylad said:
Im going for a testing drive this weekend,
How do people find them?

Remember where you leave it. I leave mine on my drive, so it is easy to find the following morning.

seaneylad said:
Good little runner? I think they look smart for there size and the price is more appealing to me a daily car and free insurance for the 1st year.

there is my current car
The Up is not a hot hatch, more of a tepid hatch. But it is perky round town as it likes to rev in a low gear. It is fun to drive, but at higher speeds you need to learn to drop down to 3rd if you need some welly. It is very practical. Cheap to run, easy 60mpg unless you do lots of short journeys, or drive in traffic. Quite roomy. Very short so dead easy to park. Not quiet inside, but not noisy.

haha yeah il try leave it on the drive ;)
Yeah selling up the ST and buying and Escort project and then running an UP as a daily due to cost, cheap to run and i think they look quality for the size and type of car :) Hopefully if im not dragged kicking and screaming into work at the weekend ill for a test drive. I know not to expect it to be anything like my focus .. saying that the focus isnt comfy as its lowered and spaced, and its not quiet with the sports exhaust fitted so the UP may be quite pleasant haha
 

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I also went from almost 300 HP Audi S3 to Up, mostly because of running costs... OK, have to admit that I haven't been a racer back than, so it wasn't so hart do get used to little engine. Now and than I do miss performance but i think it's not a big deal.

If you do like to drive fast, than Up isn't a good "swap", but if you will start a new project on Escort, Up is amazing daily drive!
 

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I also went from almost 300 HP Audi S3 to Up, mostly because of running costs... OK, have to admit that I haven't been a racer back than, so it wasn't so hart do get used to little engine. Now and than I do miss performance but i think it's not a big deal.

If you do like to drive fast, than Up isn't a good "swap", but if you will start a new project on Escort, Up is amazing daily drive!
Ahh really, yeah itll be a change from having some nice power with the loud pedal, but free's up my £ for the escort for my fun. Ive looked at the Seat MII pre reg one and have been offered a good deal on PCP so tempted by that as its pretty much the same, just not as nice to look at
 

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Build quality is good. Fun to drive . 75hp fine nearly all the time. Gas mileage seems great. Just note the annoying things that are mentioned elsewhere on this forum. VW have really skimped on silly little things that start to bug you after you get over the novelty of a cute little car. Others will disagree I know but poor demisting system, quite noisy interior, lack of heated mirrors, lack of wheel arch liners and stupidly not fitting a passenger window switch on the driver's side is VW just being greedy on a not inexpensive small car, especially when it's plugged as a city car. Buy and enjoy the driving but just don't overlook convenience items that are missing.
 

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Mine has heated mirrors?

The wheel arch liners aren't necessary in my view.
 

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quite noisy interior
Mine isn't noisy inside, it is far better than many cars. Yes it could be quieter. Noise does increase in the rain, possibly due to a lack of wheel arch liners.

The lack of a memory on the seat tilt is very annoying, as is the lack of an external lock on the passenger door. Those are my two irritations.
 

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Leif said:
tiger885 said:
quite noisy interior
, as is the lack of an external lock on the passenger door.
Same as Polos, Ibiza, Golfs etc, curious why you would need one on the passenger side? With remote locking, surely the lock on drivers side is just for emergencies?
 

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Andy T9 said:
Leif said:
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quite noisy interior
, as is the lack of an external lock on the passenger door.
Same as Polos, Ibiza, Golfs etc, curious why you would need one on the passenger side? With remote locking, surely the lock on drivers side is just for emergencies?
Imagine you get back to the car with heavy shopping, and you want to put it on the passenger seat. Or you want to let your passenger in first. It is plain annoying. And I do not have remote locking.
 

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Leif said:
Andy T9 said:
Leif said:
tiger885 said:
quite noisy interior
, as is the lack of an external lock on the passenger door.
 
Same as Polos, Ibiza, Golfs etc, curious
why you would need one on the passenger side? With remote locking, surely the lock on drivers side is just for emergencies?
Imagine you get back to the car with heavy shopping, and you want to put it on the passenger seat. Or you want to let your passenger in first. It is plain annoying. And I do not have remote locking.
That makes sense now, would expected locks all round if no remote, they could of fitted a LHD handle and would cost virtually nothing!
 

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Build quality is good. Fun to drive . 75hp fine nearly all the time. Gas mileage seems great. Just note the annoying things that are mentioned elsewhere on this forum. VW have really skimped on silly little things that start to bug you after you get over the novelty of a cute little car. Others will disagree I know but poor demisting system, quite noisy interior, lack of heated mirrors, lack of wheel arch liners and stupidly not fitting a passenger window switch on the driver's side is VW just being greedy on a not inexpensive small car, especially when it's plugged as a city car. Buy and enjoy the driving but just don't overlook convenience items that are missing.
Guess its down to choice and where you want to put your hard earned cash, for the same price as a new UP there are plenty of very good used cars with lots of 'convenience features' personally I'm only interested in economy, reliability and a decent drive and my UP delivers this.
 

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We agree. My wife loves her UP and we both enjoy driving it. We are just trying to help someone asking if they should buy one. As you say that is down to personal preference. We just say don't overlook some features which are missing and are not readily apparent during a test drive, which for some might be important.
 

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ive orded one :)
took the plunge so my focus st is up for sale, so i can get my escort woo :d
 
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