Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 8.2 - 9.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 48.7 - 55.4 mpg
  • Excellent fuel economy across the range
  • Some pre-April 2017 petrol cars are road tax exempt
  • All-electric E-Up provides lowest running costs

VW Up running costs

Regardless of engine or trim, the Volkswagen Up is one of the cheapest cars to run that’s currently on sale. Fuel economy, tax and insurance for the Up has all been designed to be as low as possible.

See the section below for information on the all-electric E-Up that boasts zero emissions and the lowest running costs of the range.

Excellent fuel economy

Aside from the Up GTI, every petrol derivative returns a claimed average fuel economy of over 60mpg, the most frugal being the 60hp 1.0-litre S/S (Stop-start) and S/S ASG (automatic) versions. Predictably, the 115hp 1.0-litre Up GTI claims the lowest average fuel economy at up to 50.4mpg.

However, it’s worth noting that, at the time of writing, the Up GTI’s claimed fuel consumption was tested under new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) guidelines, likely to give a lower reading than the existing standardised EU tests (conducted on the rest of the range). All versions should be tested under the new WLTIP methods in the coming months.

Cheaper road tax on pre-April 2017 cars

All petrol Volkswagen Up models registered after 1 April 2017 attract either a £120 or £140 first year road tax bill, increasing to £140 from the 2nd year onwards. However, for petrol cars registered before 1 April 2017, road tax is up to only £20-a-year and, with a few models even eligible for a road tax exemption. 

Low insurance groups for young drivers

Insurance for the Volkswagen Up is as low as group 1E (the lowest on a scale from 1-50). More powerful model such as the 90hp version and 115hp Up GTI attract groupings of 10 upwards.

Relatively low maintenance costs and depreciation

Volkswagen Up residual values are solid, plus servicing packages are available. Note, however, that some city car rivals with less premium badges are cheaper to service.

Volkswagen E-Up running costs

For the lowest running costs in the Up range, the E-Up is head and shoulders above the rest. Producing zero emissions means it’s exempt from road tax (regardless of when it was built) plus the claimed range of 99 miles can be charged from your domestic electricity plug. 

VW Up eco

Out of the petrol versions, the lowest CO2 award goes to the 60hp 1.0-litre Stop/start ASG automatic, producing just 95 g/km of CO2. This is closely followed by the 60hp 1.0-litre Stop/start manual and 75hp 1.0-litre Stop/start manual.

Unsurprisingly, the pure electric E-Up model can usurp all of the above, producing 0g/km of tailpipe emissions.  

  • Extremely well built for its class
  • Relatively simple design
  • Small number of recalls since launch

VW Up reliability

The Up has been on sale since 2012 and had five minor recalls against its name. Cabin quality and the general level of fit and finish is on a par with more expensive Volkswagen models, and far outshines the Up’s rivals.

Also in the car’s favour is its general simplicity. While the equipment levels are good, there are no fancy gadgets to malfunction, while everything that is on the Up has worked its way down from other models in the manufacturer’s range. 

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £155
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Insurance group 1 - 17
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