VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN UP HATCHBACK 1.0 65PS White Edition 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph15.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2119 g/km

A proper Volkswagen - just a smaller one. The up! Has enabled the German brand to regain the initiative in the important citycar sector and this little car still sets a high standard for contenders in this class, adding in turbo 1.0-litre power at the top of the range. Frugal, fun, clever and competitively priced, the up! Is a key model to consider, not only for those in the market's smallest segment but also for people buying a compact car of any kind.

GET ON UP!

With the improved up!, Volkswagen can offer citycar buyers a very competitive proposition indeed. Jonathan Crouch checks it out

Ten Second Review

A proper Volkswagen - just a smaller one. The up! Has enabled the German brand to regain the initiative in the important citycar sector and this little car still sets a high standard for contenders in this class, adding in turbo 1.0-litre power at the top of the range. Frugal, fun, clever and competitively priced, the up! Is a key model to consider, not only for those in the market's smallest segment but also for people buying a compact car of any kind.

Background

In concept, Volkswagen's up! was smarter even than the finished product we see here, the original 2007 prototype rear-engined just like the early Beetle as the German designers sought to find more space from an ever-smaller roadway footprint. But such complexity would have made the finished production version as expensive as 'lifestyle' small cars like the MINI or the Audi A1. Which wasn't the point at all. This, the company decided, must be something almost anyone could afford. In any case, it could still be clever even if it was conventional. If the engine could be smaller, the wheelbase longer and the overhangs shorter, the ambitious cabin space goals set by the rear-driven concept could still be achieved. A basic formula to which has been added all manner of innovation. Depending on its purpose and the preference of its buyer, an up! can guide you with Google. It can brake itself to avoid an accident. It can be a hot hatch. Or, at the other extreme, an electric runabout. It can, in short, be all things to all people. A real Peoples Car.

Driving Experience

All mainstream models use the same 60PS normally aspirated 1.0-litre powerplant. This features a characteristic offbeat rasp that isn't unpleasant and rather suits this car's rather individual charisma. You'll certainly be hearing plenty from the engine if rapid progress is needed, for without a turbocharger to boost torque, this unit needs to be revved quite a bit, peak power not arriving until 6,000rpm, only 600rpm shy of the red line. The sprint to 62mph occupies 14.4s on the way to 99mph, quite enough to keep up with the traffic. Rather more rapid is the GTI variant, which uses the brand's turbo TSI petrol engine in 115PS form and sprints to 62mph in just 8.8s en route to 122mph. But this little pocket rocket is about far more than just straightline speed. It's a great little B-road blaster. The other up! alternative is the battery-powered e-up! model, now improved with a larger 32.3kWh battery, with a WLTP driving range enhanced to 159 miles.

Design and Build

Not too much has changed with the looks of this car in recent years. So as ever, there's a diminutive total length of around 3.5-metres, yet a wheelbase that takes up nearly 2.5-metres of that. Which is why, though an up! Is no longer than a Fiat 500, it offers far more room inside, space in fact for the four fully-sized adults who could never comfortably fit in the apparently space-efficient Italian car. How has this been done? By shortening the front and rear overhangs as much as the designers dared, something only possible at the front by mounting the radiator alongside rather than in front of the very compact engine. The result is a tardis-like interior just as big as that of Volkswagen's far pricier Polo supermini. Take luggage space as an example; as long as you can lump your stuff over the rather high sill, you'll find 251-litres of space - or 951-litres with the seats folded. Inside, there's a cool dished three-spoke steering wheel fashioned from light magnesium and framing an instrument cluster of refreshing simplicity. A pity though that it's still only adjustable for height, not for reach. The interior design with its large speedometer is clean and easy to get to grips with, featuring high gloss back trim and a compact centre pod for many of the minor controls. True, there's no shortage of hard plastics, but this doesn't feel like a car that's been ruthlessly built down to a price. It just feels agreeably minimalist.

Market and Model

Pricing sits mainly in the £12,000 to £16,000 bracket, though the all-electric 'e-up!' will cost you just under £20,000, once the government grant has been subtracted from its asking price. As usual with the up!, there's a choice of either three or five-door bodystyles (though you can only have the three-door with either base or GTI trim). There are now seven spec levels. These kick off with the standard up! model, then there are the trendy 'White Edition' and 'Black Edition' variants, plus the 'beats' derivative, before you get to the mildly sporty-looking 'R-Line' version and the properly sporty GTI derivative. At the top of the range is the battery-powered e-up!. Buyers can choose from a range of customisable dashboard designs and specify a 300W BeatsAudio sound system. Bear in mind that the bottom end of the pricing spectrum gets you a very basic car indeed, so most will want to find extra cash to move up! the range. The 'R-Line' models for instance, add ambient lighting, a customised dashpad, heated front seats, a multifunction steering wheel, six loudspeakers, fog lamps with integrated static cornering lights and 16-inch 'Triangle Black' alloy wheels.

Cost of Ownership

Any citycar stands or falls on its ongoing costs and here, the up! looks to have all its bases covered. Thanks in part to a low kerb weight of well under a tonne, the mainstream 60PS 1.0-litre models will return a WLTP-rated combined fuel economy figure of 51.4mpg with WLTP emissions if up to 124g/km. Opt for the GTI with its 115PS TSI turbo engine and the figures are 53.3mpg and 120g/km. If you really want to minimise your running costs, then you'll want to look at the e-up! full electric version. A standard full charge will give you 159 miles of WLTP driving range and takes less than nine hours from a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW household socket. On top of this, all e-up!s have a DC fast-charging circuit as standard. Using the Combined Charging System (CCS), this enables a flat battery to be charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, at levels of up to 40kW using a DC supply.

Summary

The up! Remains the very essence of a small, affordable Volkswagen, a high quality class-less car very much in the mould of the original Beetle. One of the lightest small runabouts you can buy, it still manages to feel solid, a triumph of packaging and design that's streets ahead of any citycar the brand has yet brought us. Highlights include superb space efficiency, a brilliant detachable infotainment system and a city braking function that'll pay for itself in peace of mind. All very clever and in execution, all very German - which might have delivered to the showrooms a very impressive but essentially rather soul-less result. Fortunately, the up! Has enough character to make you like it as well as admire it - and that'll be crucial in an increasingly fashion-led market segment. If you like the look and you can afford to go beyond entry-level poverty spec, then there aren't too many downsides here. A few rivals can better the running costs - but not by much. Overall then, this is the embodiment of friendly functionality behind a badge you probably thought you couldn't afford. With potential cleverness you almost certainly won't be expecting from something citycar-sized. A thumbs up! Then? That's about the size of it.

  • Electric front windows
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Heated rear window
  • Windscreen wipers intermittent wipe
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted

  • Anti-lock braking system with EDL, EBD + TCS
  • Engine drag torque control
  • Hill hold control
  • Front disc brakes
  • Rear drum brakes
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

  • Galvanished body

  • Volkswagen connect

  • Multifunction camera with lane assist
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • Multifunction computer
  • Rev counter
  • Digital clock
  • Trip computer
  • Speedometer, electronic odometer and fuel gauge

  • Manually dimming rear view mirror
  • White door mirrors

  • White cube upper dashpad
  • Chrome surrounds to the air vents, radio controls and air conditioning

  • Start/stop function with battery regeneration

  • Composition colour system with 5" screen, DAB, AUX in socket, SD card, MP3/WMA/AAC, 4 X 20W, bluetooth, audio connection and USB connectivity
  • Smartphone interface navigation system
  • 6 speakers

  • Black radiator grille
  • Antenna
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • Rear fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Halogen clear headlights with integrated indicators and range adjustable
  • High level 3rd brake light

  • Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fan

  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Variable boot floor
  • 12V accessory power point in centre console
  • Plastic gearshift knob/handle
  • Storage compartment in front doors
  • Headlining in Light grey
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Fusion cloth upholstery
  • 2 cup holders in the centre console

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Delay courtesy light function

  • 3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • Two 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • High tone horn
  • Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers

  • Two rear seats with 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
  • Folding front seat backrest release on front passenger seat
  • Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x2)
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Driver seat height adjustment

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Locking fuel filler cap

  • Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors

  • 16" La Boca diamond turned white alloy wheels and anti theft wheel bolts

  • CO2 (g/km): 99
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 119

  • Engine Code: CHYA
  • CC: 999
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: SOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 46
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 55
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 3
  • Badge Power: 65
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 3E
  • Coin Series: White Edition
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 65
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 15.6
  • Top Speed: 101
  • Engine Power - KW: 48
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 67
  • Engine Torque - NM: 91
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2950
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 9.3

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 185/50 R16
  • Wheel Style: LA BOCA WHITE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 185/50 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

  • Height: 1504
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3600
  • Width: 1641
  • Wheelbase: 2410

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 916
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1330
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 414
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 251
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Roof Load: 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 959
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 9.8

  • Front + rear carpet mats: £60

  • Internally adjustable door mirrors: Included

  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £575
  • Candy white roof: £0
  • Special non-metallic paint: £350

  • 2 zone electronic climate control with allergen filter: £280
  • Manual air conditioning: Included

  • 3 spoke steering wheel: Included
  • Multifunction leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip: £290

  • Winter pack - Up: £375
  • Cruise and park pack - Up: £440
  • Light and sight pack - Up: £150

  • Metallic - Tungsten silver: £575
  • Metallic - Costa Azul: £575

  • Pearl - Deep black: £575

  • Solid - Teal blue: £0

  • Special non-metallic - Tornado red: £350

  • Fusion cloth - Grey: £0

  • Tyre mobility system: Included
  • Full size steel spare wheel with tool kit and jack: £105

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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