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UP! and away for the weekend!

Our adventure started on Friday
evening when we went to Western Volkswagen at Fort Kinnaird to collect the UP!
Black from Kim. First of all, we were
most impressed that the boot quite happily held our small suitcase, 2 pairs of
walking boots and waterproofs, my laptop case and my camera rucksack with room
to spare! This goes for the inside of
the car as well. The cabin felt just as
spacious as my mk4 golf had with plenty of room and good placement of the
centre controls, well out of the way of the gear stick. After checking the route we were taking we
set off to Carlton Green Bed & Breakfast
website http://www.carletongreen.co.uk/b&b.htm
in the Lake District.



The UP! Black has a 75 bhp 1 Litre
engine, after previously owning a 1.9TDI golf we were a little concerned that we
may find the 3 cylinder engine lacking but how wrong we were. The car handled getting out of the city in
rush hour with particular flair and quite a few admiring glances. We travelled down the A7 where this city car
proved that it was equally comfortable on the open road. When going round corners it suggests the
optimum gear and takes them with ease, including those on an incline, and sticks
like glue with no under steer. Overtaking
other vehicles was not a problem, as it accelerates well through all gears to
deliver a smooth ride.



The visual reminder below the
speedometer tells you the optimum gear for travelling in making it a most
efficient wee car and in our case, more efficient drivers'! We were really impressed by the dash at dusk. Although the daylight running lights are on
all the time and the dash illuminated, when it gets to dusk the illuminated
instruments on the dash go dark to remind you to switch the lights on which is
just genius!
We ended up driving on some very
small winding roads (Hardknott pass and the roads around Buttermere) and the UP
handled brilliantly round the bends, inclines and steep declines like it was on
rails. When driving (or passengering),
the ride quality could quite easily be that of a more expensive VW. The seats are comfortable and when cornering
there was very little body roll and that was without the sports pack.



We certainly put this car through
its paces in the city, on motorways and country roads. Unfortunately the maps and more could not be
supplied to try out, but using the car on all terrain we still averaged around
400 miles to a tank of fuel which was excellent value.



To conclude, we found that the new
UP! is definitely one to buy. It has
everything that you could want from a small car and so much more and we think
it will appeal to a wide variety of people.
VW has definitely come up with a winner this time. Thank you so much to all at Western VW for
the opportunity to test out this fantastic wee car, Kim had to prize the keys
from our hands when we got back! So for
now we are UP!less and will just have to be patient till our supercar arrives.






Edited by: gary02tdi
 

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That's a lovely looking car (thinking to myself whether I should have ordered the black rather than the white :)). Great pictures, especially the last one. Glad it is going well for you and nice to hear first hand how good the little up is.
 

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SOOOOOOOO excited now upon reading your reviews I am a little worried as I drive a 2.0l inj beetle so nice to hear it was nippy and handled well
Thanks again

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brilliant review gary! and awesome pictures too

lucky you too getting to take the up away for the weekend!? how did you wangle that one?
 

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Great review there - many thanks for that! The car looks stunning and sounds like a superb drive from your description! I'm really looking forward to receiving my Up! now.
 

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excellent, i hope my dealer decided to do something like that!
 

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Great review and pictures, can't wait until I receive my Up!
Black.
 

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Fabulous Review m8 !! Jeremy Clarkson without the smugness.

Though you had me worried for quite a while there. Reading it through I assumed that you had collected YOUR car and were enjoying your little beasty !!

I thought jammy B*gg*r you !! Where's mine ???

Bet you are REALLY, REALLY........ R E A L L Y ... looking forward to getting yours now.

I am ;)

DaveW
 
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