Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10 Or VW Up!: Which City Car Would You Go For?

City cars often offer exactly what you pay for in terms of design, comfort, interior space and engines, but where do three of the most popular models stand?

To answer this question, CarWow took the Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10, and Volkswagen Up! out for a test, the results of which may come as a surprise to some of you.

Okay, it may not be the most exciting video, but it’s definitely worth a look, considering their affordability. The Celerio starts at £7,500 ($10,037) in the United Kingdom, followed by the i10 at under £9,000 ($12,045) and Up!, at over £9,000 ($12,045), so the first one definitely wins the budget segment.

However, the Suzuki is not the most exciting car of the three, with a dull exterior design and a very cheap interior. Still, it beats the other two with good legroom at the back.

The i10, on the other hand, has best in-car storage, but it pales next to the Up!, whose interior is nice and airy, and comes with a system that turns the user’s phone into an infotainment system. Boot space is nearly the same in all three cars, with extra points going to Volkswagen, again, for the adjustable floor.

Overtaking another vehicle on the motorway will take quite some time in all three cars, but Volkswagen’s Up! does come with a turbocharged engine on request, though, having a turbo will significantly affect your fuel economy, so you’d better give that a second thought.

It appears that the German city car is the best here, but is it enough to make you want one, or would you rather make a fashion statement with the Fiat 500? Don’t forget that the larger and more practical Dacia Sandero falls into the same price range too.


  • Bash

    No celerio for me.. the other two are fine. But the Picanto is better than any one of those.

    • Yep have you seen it? It’s okay for Indian market but it’s hopeless in UK.

  • NoLess

    I would not go for any of them. I did like the Up! when it first came out but waited for the GTi version which never arrived… until now, YEARS later! Too late!

    Now my female friend does not like the Up!. She thinks it is the automotive equivalent of a chihuahua…!
    Past Carwow comparisons between the Up! and the i10 placed the i10 first. Now with the new engine the Up! is supposedly better!

    But there are rumours VW will cease production of the Up! …hence perhaps Mat’s favourable review of the car?? Or Fake news?
    Also on page 39 of December’s WhatCar magazine, they list the most unreliable city car, namely… the VW Up, no less!

    • It’s funny that Citigo fare better. Considering it’s the same as Up!

      • NoLess

        Good point… think the Citigo would be a better choice…!

        (I do like the VW’s especially the T6 Ocean, but £55k for a van before expensive options is a real piss-take price!)

        • VW has been upmarket really. They had to find position within the VW Group hierarchy.

  • DanSemering

    I’ll take the Yaris

    • paulgdeaton

      You found the only car uglier than the Suzuki!

      Well… maybe the Micra…

  • Deckard_Cain

    I would go for the Fiat 500.

  • That’s an awful car choice for group test. Celerio is low, i10 is middle and Up! is literally upscale.

    I would go for Skoda Citigo, Same car, cheaper price. Done.

  • Chris C

    Cheaper SEAT Mii identical to Up?
    Ford Ka?
    The i10 is a good car but the drab/dull interior put us off getting one.

  • Skye

    VW Up much more real

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