Unbelievably, in MotorMartin Towers at least, the Volkswagen Up! Is about to undergo a refresh and yet it doesn’t seem like two minutes since this innovative little car was release upon an unsuspecting public. Now we have the situation where ahead of the arrival of the new Volkswagen up! in UK showrooms later this summer, the outgoing car has proved that it is still ahead of the pack by taking class honours in the 2016 Telegraph Cars Awards, announced earlier in the month.

The smallest member of the Volkswagen family is today named ‘Best Car Under £10,000’ in the influential broadsheet newspaper’s annual automotive awards.

As with previous Telegraph Driving Awards, the Telegraph Media Group has once again picked its favourites from the UK new car market, with Volkswagen’s great value up! city car triumphing in its class. The winners have been selected by the Telegraph’s expert road test team, who over the last 12 months have put hundreds of cars through a rigorous review process including everything from early first drives to a detailed 10-point test, as well as living with the cars on a long-term test basis.

Naming the up! as the Best Car Under £10,000, the judges shared with MotorMartin the following few words: “Yes it’s been around for a while and others in this class are cheaper to buy, but the up! has a classy interior, is brilliant to drive and will hold on to its value better than rivals.”

Volkswagen have confirmed to MotorMartin that the up! is one of the five key pillars of their portfolio in the UK alongside the new Tiguan (which can be read about here), Polo, Golf and Passat, and the current car has been a popular addition to the range since its launch here in 2012, infact last year, more than 16,900 new up! hatchbacks found homes in the UK. Amazing.

The current car is offered with a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder 12-valve petrol engine with outputs of either 60 PS or 75 PS, or as an all-electric e-up! with zero emissions and a range of up to 93 miles on a full charge.

Currently the model line-up comprises of the entry-level Take up!, Look up!, Move up!, High up! and special editions Club up!, Street up! and Rock up!. Prices for the current car begin at £8,975 (RRP OTR) and, as this award shows, provides excellent value for money in MotorMartin’s opinion.

A quick watch of the short film below, kindly provided by Volkswagen UK from their excellent YouTube channel, will show you a few of the current models impressive features:

To read the Telegraph’s verdict on the award winning Volkswagen up! please visit: or to find out more about the range, check prices and specifications and to build your own up! on the Volkswagen configurator log on to: MotorMartin certainly recommends that you do.

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