The up!, Volkswagen’s smallest car, has been named City Car of the Year by Auto Express for the third year in a row at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2019.

The car continues its winning streak as the publication’s favourite city car thanks to its high level of equipment, affordability and style. Safety and interior space were also important factors for the judging panel.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief at Auto Express said: “The up! is in its element around town, because visibility is excellent and the light steering, precise manual gearshift and compact dimensions make it perfect for the city, yet its body control, grip and agility make it great fun on a winding road too.”

The up! fought off new competitors this year such as the Skoda Citigo and the Kia Picanto.

Lisa Hartley, Product Manager for the up! at Volkswagen UK, said: “Three years of awards from Auto Express prove that the up! is a winning package, with longevity built-in as well as Volkswagen’s signature quality and reliability.”