Euro NCAP awarded the Up only three stars for safety in 2019, down from five stars under the previous testing regime. It scored poorly for protection of vulnerable road users and assistance tech, though, rather than for its occupant safety.

The Up came eighth in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey. No common major faults have arisen. Some issues have been reported regarding carbon build-up on the intake ports and valves in the 1.0 TSI engine, but this can be flushed out with a slug of super unleaded. A mechanical decarbonisation is recommended every 50,000 miles

Buyer beware

Kerb your enthusiasm: The wheels of the Up GTI are highly unusual, being large in diameter but thin in profile, and therefore there isn’t much sidewall to the tyres, making it easier to kerb. The alloys are diamond-cut, which makes them more expensive to repair. To have an alloy repaired at an approved workshop, set aside £90 to £110.

Cold snap: In especially cold weather, the springs are at risk of snapping under significant loads. Until they’ve had time to flex and the damper has travelled, take it easy over bumps. When buying used, always check the springs and dampers for signs of wear.

Brake check: Before buying, check the brakes have been properly maintained. A car like this is likely to need its brakes checked every few months, depending on the level of usage. If they’re worn, budget around £200 for new discs and pads.


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