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Ellie, UP! Mini Review

So, after what seems like waiting forever, we
finally picked up our Up! at the weekend.

Just a quick first impressions, having only
covered about 24 miles so far. First of
all, in the flesh, she looks great, we went for a High Up!, Bluemotion in
white, sports pack, sensor pack and panoramic sunroof. Really happy with the choice, the sports pack
looks great, the alloys are really nice and the black of the roof contrast
nicely with the white of the car (may like others look at vinyl wrap for the
rest of the roof). Inside, the fit and
finish is definitely very good for a car of this class, everything is really
nicely put together, all the switch gear is high quality. There are some areas where you can see they
have cut costs, the glove box (and the boot) don't have a light. There is only 1 vanity mirror which again
doesn't light up and subtle things like the damping of the interior handles is
a little lacking.

Back seat access (we went for a 3 door as in my
opinion it looks smarter and we rarely use the back seats), is a little
difficult, the seats don't have memory when folding forward and my mum found
getting back out of the back a little tricky.
Room in the back is sufficient though with decent leg room and things
like proper adjustable headrests is nice.
Heated seats are quick to heat up and I am sure will prove a boon in the
winter.

The panoramic sunroof is excellent, opens
really wide and with the little wind deflector built in has very little
buffeting. Really lightens up the
interior and provides a really nice feel open or closed.

The dual level boot is very smart, means my
wife can stow all her junk for work (she works in IT and normally fills the
boot with cables and routers!) Still
leaves enough room for half a dozen bags of shopping. Again a light would be nice (may pick up a
wee stick on LED number) and the fact the parcel shelf doesn't rise is a little
annoying.

On to the driving. I have to say for such a small car, I am
mightily impressed. We have been keeping
it below 3k rpm (2.5k in normal driving), runs a little above that at 70mph in
5th, while we run it in, so can't comment too much in performance, but even
given those parameters, keeps up with traffic just fine, even on the dual carriageway. Ours seems even more refined than the one we
test drove (which was an Up! white), with less noise from the back end where
there is very little noise isolation.
Feels a lot bigger than its size would suggest, even at dual carriageway
speeds, perfectly comfortable and civilised.
Comfort is good even with the sports pack and with our shocking
roads. Probably too early to comment on
fuel consumption, but we managed a very comfortable 55mpg over the first few
miles, expect this to improve as we get some more miles under its belt and the
engine gets loosened up a little.

Bluemotion seems well judged, the start-stop
works really well, in fact, you quickly realise how much of your time you would
normally be sitting stationary with the engine running when it cuts in and
out. One thing to point out (and this
may be obvious to others), but you need to have your foot on the clutch when
starting the car, the dealer forgot to tell us this and it caused some
confusion (and a little panic) the first time I tried to start the car (I think
some other cars have this, but it is the first car I have had where I needed to
do this). The engine sounds a little
diesely with the windows up, but makes a nice little rasp if you lower the
windows slightly. :)

Overall, very impressed with the driving
experience, certainly more civilised than the C1 we had, maybe not quite as
"fun" on first impressions.
Feels in most ways a class or two above a "basic" city car.

Maps and more is in a way a little disappointing. Having been a smart phone user, the resistive
touch screen is a little clunky. Some of
the menus and navigation through the system are also a little clunky and I did
have a weird problem where my music from my phone kept playing even after
switching the "radio" off.
Music has also been a little choppy, may pick up an SD card and use that
for music rather than using Bluetooth.
Paired fine with 2 phones; a Galaxy Nexus and a Galaxy SII, took a few
attempts to copy across my contacts, but works just fine now. The voice control is pretty useless if you
are Scottish. :) The navigation is
really slick though and generally it is one of the better "built in"
Nav units I have used (miles away from the antiquated mess I had in my
RX-8). The other stuff like vehicle
info, parking sensor display etc. are all really nice as well. A quick note, we didn't go for the sound
pack, which I wasn't sure if I was going to regret, but overall sound quality is
solid if not spectacular even with the standard 2 speaker set-up.
 

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Some pictures above, just taken with my phone in fairly poor lighting, so apologies for the quality.
 

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Looking good...infact saw it in the showroom when we collected our 5 door on fri....

rather envious of your sunroof , especially after the gorgeous weather in ayrshire yesterday (as evidenced by the 14 degrees shown on your display)

ps, where abouts in ayrshire are you (pm me if you like)



enjoy your new baby!



(oh, and get yourself some black centre caps for those wheels.
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Quick follow up...shall we organise a scottish meet?
 

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Privatedoc said:
Looking good...infact saw it in the showroom when we collected our 5 door on fri....

rather envious of your sunroof , especially after the gorgeous weather in ayrshire yesterday (as evidenced by the 14 degrees shown on your display)

ps, where abouts in ayrshire are you (pm me if you like)



enjoy your new baby!



(oh, and get yourself some black centre caps for those wheels.
)

Thanks, the sunroof is really nice and like you say, nice to be able to enjoy what little sunshine we get.

We are from Kilmarnock.

Good idea on the centre caps, is there somewhere that does those?
 

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You could order them from VW

I travel the A76 from mauchline to Q8 then A77 every day, as does my Mrs.....(kids at school in Glasgow & I work in the Mearns) be sure to wave!




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My wife has claimed the up, so I am in the DS3 (no bad thing).

Will tell her to give you a wave though. :)
 

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My other half has the 5 door !
 

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Hi, nice review. If you've got heated mirrors the mirror control is set to on in your picture.

Things I have noticed include the stereo volume reducing when you put the car in reverse. i also like the bong noise when you go into reverse.
 

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Yeah, though I think the mirrors only come on with the rear screen demister, so assumed that would make sense.

Not noticed the reversing thing. Full of nice touches.
 

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dampchimp said:
Yeah, though I think the mirrors only come on with the rear screen demister, so assumed that would make sense.

Not noticed the reversing thing. Full of nice touches.
Your heated mirrors are independent of the heated rear screen.
Yeah i'm well up! for a scottish meet.
 

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dampchimp said:
Ok, thanks, must have read/heard that wrong, will get them turned off then.
Think they go off after 15 minutes or so???
Dont quote me on that!
 
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