Small car of the year - the Volkswagen Up!By Chris Walsh
July 18, 2012
The new five-door version of Volkswagen’s super-great Up! is now available to order, costing just £365 more than the equivalent three-door model.
And with prices starting at just over £8k for Volkswagen’s little baby, means you can easily get in to the Up! if you want to.
For good reason, the five-door up! comes with all the same virtues as its three-door equivalent: a 2.42m cabin space that manages to fit inside a 3.54m long car, an adequate boot and a great three-cylinder engine are just some of them.
Pleasingly, rear passengers in the five-door up! still get exactly the same space as those in the three-door model with plenty of headroom and legroom available.
The rear seat base is even set slightly higher than that in the front, giving rear-seated passengers the ability to survey all that lays before them.
The five-door range continues to mirror the three-door with a choice of variants.
Take up!, Move up! and High up! models are all there, plus the special edition up! Black and up! White.
As with the three-door, two BlueMotion Technology versions will also be available, offering sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, and therefore avoiding VED. The 59bhp Move up!
BlueMotion Technology returns a majestic 68.9mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting a tiny 95g/km. A fully electric version will join the range in late 2013 and an automated manual gearbox will become optional later this year.
As well as front and side airbags, ABS with Hydraulic Brake Assist, Isofix child seat preparation in the rear and standard ESP (on all but the entry level Take up! model), the up! can be ordered with an optional City Emergency Braking system.
This uses sensors to scan the space ahead of the vehicle, applying the brakes if it detects that the car is about to hit an object in front, and costs from just £225.
The up! has received a five-star rating and the Advanced Award from Euro NCAP, the European New Car Assessment Programme. It is the first vehicle in this class to receive these awards.
Standard on the High up! model and above, and optional on the rest of the range is the Maps & More ‘infotainment’ system, a mobile device that organises navigation, telephone, information and entertainment.
It is removable, but unlike many other similar systems of this type, it melds with the car’s network of systems and can be used to view vehicle information, such as the display of the parking sensors (where fitted).
The up! has picked up a host of notable awards so far including the World Car of the Year 2012, What Car? Car of the Year for 2012, and has also been named TopGear magazine’s Small Car of the Year, which is all good. UK deliveries of the five-door up! are expected to start in August and the three-door up! is available now.