CAR REVIEW: The Volkswagen Up!
The Volkswagen Up! comes in 17 different versions of four models: VW Move Up! BlueMotion Technology, VW Take Up!, VW High Up! and VW Rock Up!. It is, essentially, a hatchback in the category of cars like the Hyundai i10 with a many similarities with the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii.
The Volkswagen Up’s engine has a surprisingly powerful 1.0 liter, three-cylinder petrol engine that can do 0-60mph in just 14.4 seconds. The more powerful ‘High Up!’ version can better this by 1.2 seconds. VW have omitted a diesel engine but other versions of the VW Up! come with sub-100 g/km and 79 g/km Co2 emission engines including an all electric version that was launched in 2013. One can choose between a 59 hp or 74 hp engine.
The Volkswagen Up’s interior design is rich in color and excellent texture appeal. The dashboard is mixed with stripes of the exterior color enhancing its connection with younger drivers. The steering wheel can be adjusted for height and reach, however, the basic models of the Up! do not come with height adjustable driver’s seats. Some models such as the High Up!, Rock Up! and Groove Up! Come with accessories such as a detachable satellite navigation system that can be fully integrated with the car’s computer to display directions, audio controls and eco-driving tips.
The interior space is small but comfortable, mostly, due to the great suspensions that soak up the bumps. The engine is a bit noisy, at the beginning, but this fades away once you hit the highway. Legroom space is adequate for such a small car and even tall drivers will not have a problem fitting in. Even at the back, two passengers can be accommodated comfortably with room left enough to fit a third with minimal challenges.
The Volkswagen Up! measures 3.54 m in length and 1.64 m in width (without door mirrors). It is 1.48 m tall. The Up! appears to smile when viewed from the front with a narrow black band running between the headlights. The body combines an alternation of convex and concave surfaces to create a stylish finish that exudes an elegant and larger image.
The rear has a large boot lid which goes down to the bumper. This hybrid boot lid consists of three basic layers with the outer layer made up of transparent glass-like material. Opening the boot requires one to press a button in the handle beneath the VWs logo. The rear and front bumpers are painted in the body color.
Safety and Entertainment
The basic Up! model is fitted with colored bumpers, a CD player and an AUX-in socket, six driver and passenger airbags and an electronic stability control system.
The VW Up! will cost you approximately £8,635 – £13,325 / $14,311 – $22,084
Generally, the Volkswagen Up! has received positive reviews with sales rising gradually since its first appearance on the market. It ranked third in the European Mini-car segment in 2012 and 2013 only beaten by the Fiat Panda and the Fiat 500.