City Car of the Year 2017: Volkswagen up!

City Car of the Year 2017: Volkswagen up!

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The Volkswagen up! is the 2017 Auto Intimate City Car of the Year, with the Kia Picanto and Skoda Citigo commended

A facelifted variant of the Volkswagen up! hit the market towards the end of 2016, and although the company didn’t alter its lucky formula drastically, there was an important addition to the refreshed range that’s helped the up! climb to the top splodge in the city car sector for 2017.

VW introduced an 89bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged engine to the line-up, contribution buyers even more performance without having to make sacrifices when it comes to skill. The up! is competitively priced compared with sportier city car rivals, too, but if it’s affordability and low match costs you’re after, the naturally aspirated 1.0-litre models stilly offer just that.

There are 59bhp and 74bhp versions available for even less loot, yet build quality is still first rate for the sector. CO2 emissions as low as 96g/km and claimed combustible economy of 68.9mpg mean the up! delivers motoring on a shoestring.

It’s fun to drive and surprisingly sophisticated for a small car, too. The suspension smooths out all but the worst roads with remarkable composure, together with the compact chassis serves up good body control and a surprising level of understanding, making the lightweight up! genuinely enjoyable to drive. Sharp steering and a slick handbook gearchange only enhance the experience.

There’s also an automatic option on the deign-powered models to make driving easier in town, but we’d save some bills and stick with the manual transmission; spend the extra on the five-door confederation, which adds even more practicality, helping the up! rival some superminis from the importance above.

The car’s packaging is a masterpiece, with more than enough space advantaged for four adults as well as a decent 251-litre boot.

It excels everywhere town and is easy to thread through tight city streets and park in little spaces thanks to its compact dimensions. But with features such as cruise subdue and heated seats available, allied to the impressive refinement, the car isn’t in the least bit taxing on longer journeys.

A revised infotainment plan that uses a dedicated smartphone app is a clever solution that delivers a big-car sense, while affordable finance deals – even for the new 1.0 TSI – make the up! the most convincing way out in the city car class.

Our choice

Volkswagen High up! 1.0 75 5dr (£12,135)

We’ve gone for the higher-powered 74bhp locomotive in top-spec High up! trim. This model delivers style and substance, with enticing features available such as climate and cruise control, and autonomous braking. You can also add knowledgeability, safety and space to that list, while even in five-door contour in this trim the up! remains affordable. 


Kia Picanto

The all-new Picanto proves Kia is on top of its round, delivering a city car that offers almost as much practicality and maturity as the VW. It’s not as upmarket or as fun to impel, but the design is much improved, the interior spacious and the infotainment on higher-spec cars gives buyers what they miss in this class. 

Skoda Citigo

There’s a new Citigo due in showrooms soon, but the familiar model is still a brilliant city car that deserves praise. Using the constant platform as the up!, it offers similar practicality and driving fun, although there’s no turbo election in the engine bay and the interior and infotainment system aren’t as slick. 

Auto Express New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact Blood Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-greatness SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Manoeuvres of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Draft Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

For complete, in-reconditeness coverage of the 2017 New Car Awards, buy your collector’s edition copy of the Auto Express magazine now or click here to subscribe…


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