Volkswagen’s compact car, up! is now more colourful with sharper lines, sporty design and extra standard features. The new up! arrives in South Africa with new colours and wheels, new interior design and new comfort features.
With over 4 800 units sold in South Africa since its market introduction in February 2015, the new up! will continue the success story of Volkswagen’s rising star.
A myriad of changes catch the eye when you see the new up! for the first time. The newly designed headlights with LED daytime running lights, modified bumper with redesigned front trim strips and a more contoured bonnet give it a sharper, sportier look. It appears wider and more mature. New wheels (measuring up to 16 inches) and wing mirrors with integrated indicators dominate the side view. The redesigned rear lights and distinctive rear diffuser create a rounded finish.
Volkswagen is using printed surfaces for the dashboard styling panel manufactured using the in-mould-labelling process (IML). The newly available ambient lighting underlines the exclusive look of the interior. Leather multi-function steering and gear knob are now standard from Move up!
The familiar perky three-cylinder 1.0 litre engine has been retained. The 999 cc normal aspirated engine has a power output of 55kW available at 6 200 rpm. The maximum torque of 95 Nm is reached at 3 000 rpm. Ninety per cent of maximum torque is reached between 2 000 and 6 000 rpm, ensuring agile performance. From standstill to 100 km/h up! takes 13.5 seconds while it pushes a top speed of 173 km/h. This engine returns a combined fuel consumption of 4.6 litres per 100km.
up!’s dimensions are key to its compact car status. At 3 600 mm in length, 1 641 mm in width and 1 504 mm in height, the up! is one of the smallest four-seater cars available. Its overall length consists of short body overhangs and a long wheelbase of 2 407 mm. Thanks to these dimensions the turning circle of the up! is an unusually compact 9.8 metres. Use of space inside the car is exceptionally good, with room for four adults. This is due to the wheelbase, which is one of the longest in the segment, combined with an engine that is mounted well forward. The 251-litre boot is also significantly larger than is typical in this class and can be expanded to 959 litres, when the rear seats are folded down.
The new up! is offered in four equipment levels: Take up!, Move up! up! beats and Cross up!. All derivatives come standard with raft of safety features including ABS and four airbags, Electronic Stability Control. Cross up and up! beats will be available in the first quarter of 2017.
The infotainment system on board the new up! has been completely redesigned. Standard in Take up! is the 3.1-inch ‘Composition’ with monochrome display, Radio/CD, SD Card and AUX-in. From Move up!, the ‘Composition Phone’ with 5-inch colour display, radio, USB, SD Card, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity functionality is standard. A smartphone with ‘Maps + More’ app can be integrated with the infotainment system. The phone screen is used as the display for features such as navigation, telephone and car-specific information and Volkswagen’s Think Blue. This application is a standard feature only in the up! beats.
The new up! can be customised with a number of factory fitted optional features such as 15-inch Spoke alloy wheels, Sound “Plus” package with four speakers in front and two in rear, driver package (cruise control, rear park distance control and multi-function display), winter package (heated seats and front fog lights), roof package (black painted roof and side mirrors), smartphone integration: navigation and panoramic sunroof.