I’ve owned this car since 2015. It had one previous owner. Mileage was just short of 19,000 when I got it. I paid £4700 cash from a private seller (eBay advert).
First thing you notice is that this is quite a short car, noticeably shorter than my old Fiesta for example. Despite this, legroom is great – much better than you would expect. I’m quite tall (6’2″) and I don’t have to have the driver’s seat all the way back. There’s also a little space beside the clutch pedal where you can fully stretch out your left leg.
The front seats are comfortable. The driver’s seat is adjustable for height. There’s plenty of headroom. I haven’t sat in the back seats but there’s reasonable legroom in there.
The heater warms up adequately for Spring or Autumn within 2 or 3 miles. Winter is more like 10 miles. The air conditioning is adequate for Scottish summers.
Visibility is very good, with the usual exception of the A pillar being a bit of an obstruction.
It’s fairly quiet on the motorway, even at 70mph.
The ride is quite compliant: potholes are absorbed smoothly — it’s much better than my old Fiesta Zetec.
Acceleration is about what you’d expect from a one litre engine. I tend to drive quite slowly so have only had it near the redline once and it was adequate.
Gearing is quite high – 60 MPH is 2500 RPM in top. 70 is 3000. If you want decent acceleration on the motorway from 50mph you have to drop it into third gear. You can’t put it into top on the flat until you’re doing at least 40mph. There’s a gear change indicator on the dash which suggests you should shift up even when the engine would struggle but you can just ignore that.
I measured it over a couple of tankfuls and it was getting 58-59 mpg. This was from mixed town and A road driving at a moderate pace. On the motorway at 55mph it returns about 65mpg. One thing I have noticed is that the fuel gauge shows absolutely full for the first 100 miles or so, then goes down fairly rapidly. My brother reckons this is a trick to fool would-be buyers on a test drive into thinking it’s super economical. Whatever; it’s a little deceptive.
Insurance is group one. Road tax is currently £20 a year. Spares are plentiful and cheap – it shares most parts with the Seat Mii and the Skoda Citigo.
It seems to handle quite well, though I tend to be a slow driver, as I’ve said, so I don’t know what it’s like on the limit. Body roll is about average for a non-sporty car. The standard issue tyres don’t inspire much confidence in the wet. They’re a brand I hadn’t heard of. I’ll be replacing them with Continentals when they’re done.
Firstly, the boot is pretty small. You can get maybe six or seven bags of shopping in there. The boot floor has two positions and can be raised or lowered depending on what you need, though I keep it in the lower position for more space. The rear seats fold easily to give a reasonably flat load area. One niggle is that the parcel shelf doesn’t rise and fall with the boot lid – it clicks into place in the fully open position and it’s easy to forget to put it back down again, so that it blocks your rear view.
The controls are light — steering, clutch and brakes. The steering has electrical assist. Feel through the wheel is good. The dash is well laid out with clear gauges.
The tyre valve caps are difficult to get your fingers into because the wheel trims are quite deep. I plan to find some longer caps which would be easier to remove when putting air in the tyres.
The headlights are adjustable for height but they don’t really go high enough if you’re driving solo. Not a major issue but noticeable on the motorway in the dark where you can’t see quite far enough ahead. (Update — I adjusted them with a 6mm Allen key. Easy to do.)
The bonnet dips down from the windscreen forward, meaning you can’t see where the car ends. All you can see is the windscreen, meaning parking involves a bit of guesswork. The bonnet is very short though, so it’s not much of a problem.
My car came with one of those get-you-home puncture repair kits which I don’t much fancy, so I bought an unused OEM full-size spare wheel and jack on eBay for £60.
It’s a three cylinder engine but you would never guess – it’s as smooth as any four.
The Move Up! comes with ESP. (The Take Up! doesn’t have this.) It also has combined side / head airbags (as does the entire range.) It has a five star Euro NCAP rating, which is a nice bonus for such a small car.
One thing I have noticed is that it’s affected quite a bit by crosswinds. Not unmanageable but noticeable all the same. It has a high side profile and low weight (929 Kg), which probably explains this.
I’ve seen complaints here and there about the Up! gearbox. In my experience it’s fine. A few times it has balked at going into first or reverse from a standing start but if you dip the clutch and maybe give it a rev, problem solved.
There’s a little bit of noise (Very slight clatter) from the transmission at idle but it’s barely noticeable. Neither of these is a real problem and certainly shouldn’t put you off getting an Up!
I think this is a great little car. It’s comfortable, economical and safe. The build quality is excellent. You can pick one up for very little money. I’m very happy with mine.
43,000 Mile Update
I’ve had it serviced once a year by an independent mechanic. Cost is about £175 including MOT.
Nothing much has gone wrong with it other than the driver’s side electric window is noisy (Regulator on the way out?) and the clutch can be a bit juddery when it’s cold.
Economy remains good at about 60 MPG.
I’ve put Continental tyres on it all round. Grip isn’t great in the wet, particularly the front end. Not sure why this is — light weight of the car maybe?
I broke the sound system by playing The Cult’s “Sanctuary” at full-blast. Could be the amp or the speaker. I’ll just live with it.
The headlights were aiming a bit low — it only illuminated a few car lengths in front. I fixed it with a 6 mm Allen key the other day — the adjusters are fairly obvious.
Other than that it’s been fine and I have no complaints really.
Will update this review in another while.