On Friday, I betrayed my trusty old steed, Bliksaspaai, and got into the lap of a cherry red Volkswagen Up! Even though they are similar in size, my 2005 model lacked sorely in comparison, and I didn’t feel too bad about leaving it behind in the garage. It was just for one day!
And although this little firetruck Up! is only 3 m long – guys, it is tiny on the outside – I found myself having to scoot my seat closer to the pedals to reach. And I am a tall 1.78 m!
And despite its really small demeanour, this car is JAM PACKED with features. I was lucky enough to get an Up! with a sky roof, which is almost the coolest thing since Prince. It has aircon, a bloody decent radio with MP3, or Aux, capabilites
And guys, get this, especially for those who can’t multitask, if your radio is blaring and you put it into reverse, it automatically lowers the volume of the radio. As soon as it’s back in first gear, the radio starts playing at the volume you had it.
This is THE perfect car for the city, especially where there is limited parking and also, sigh, parallel parking. Luckily, it comes with rear park assist, which beeps to warn you if you are about to bump into something. And the boot, ladies, the boot is huge! You can still shop up a storm and fit all your goodie bags in the rear.