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Volkswagen Up 1.0 TSI 2016 Road Test

Honest John

01 July 2016

Volkswagen has updated its micro machine for 2016 with styling tweaks, a revised interior and a new turbocharged 90PS 1.0 TSI engine. The three-cylinder 1.0 TSI is offered alongside the standard 1.0-litre, but provides better performance thanks to 90PS and a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds. Fuel economy is also marginally better - 64.2mpg - although it does just miss out on zero VED, emitting 101g/km of CO2.

The benefits of the 1.0 TSI engine are obvious, with more power and better refinement. Indeed, the turbocharged three-cylinder unit is a huge step up, with 50 per cent more torque over the standard 1.0-litre. This makes the Up a lot easier to drive, with instant power delivery. As a result you don't have to change down a couple of gears - and rev the life out of car - to join a busy motorway or leave a tight junction. Instead, you simple stay in gear and let the turbocharger do the work.

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