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Volkswagen Take up!
Volkswagen Take up!

Make no mistake, the Volkswagen Take up! is a very bold car to bring to market.

The cabin features about as little equipment as you could possibly get away with.

The only item that has anything remotely overspecified about it is the clever clogs stereo. If you like a minimalist, pared back look and feel, you’ll love this car. The clever thing is, it doesn’t feel as if it’s been built down to a price. It feels like a very smart piece of design that focuses on the essentials. I would still have liked to have seen air conditioning and ESP stability control on the standard kit list, but that’s a personal preference.

As the entry level model in the up! range, the three-cylinder 60bhp Take up! features a few items which serve to underline this fact. The 14-inch steel wheels and the black door handles and mirrors do have a certain unshowy chic about them though, and the rims, which are fitted with plastic wheel trims, will shrug off kerb impacts a whole lot better than flashy alloys. Priced from just £7,995, the Take up! which gets body-coloured bumpers, daytime running lights, front and side head/thorax airbags, a CD stereo with aux-in and rear ISOFIX points. You’ll have to manage without a split rear bench and there’s not even a spare wheel, just a can of foam and a pump to keep you going if you catch a flat

As the entry level model in the up! range, the Take up! features a few items which serve to underline this fact. The 14-inch steel wheels and the black door handles and mirrors do have a certain unshowy chic about them though, and the rims, which are fitted with plastic wheel trims, will shrug off kerb impacts a whole lot better than flashy alloys. Priced from just £7,995, the Take Up which gets body-coloured bumpers, daytime running lights, front and side head/thorax airbags, a CD stereo with aux-in, rear ISOFIX points, and 14-inch steel wheels.

There are rivals that are equivalently priced and better equipped. There are also competitor products that offer a sharper steer. None has quite the effortless cool of the up! though. It never feels as if it’s trying too hard to win your affection. I think you’ll like it.