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UP HATCHBACK - 1.0 Take Up 3dr [Start Stop]



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


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
UP HATCHBACK
1.0 Take Up 3dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£9,260.00
UP HATCHBACK
1.0 Take Up 5dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£9,660.00
UP HATCHBACK
1.0 Move Up 3dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£10,345.00
UP HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDS
1.0 Up Beats 3dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£10,720.00
UP HATCHBACK
1.0 Move Up 5dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£10,745.00
UP HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDS
1.0 Up Beats 5dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£11,120.00
UP HATCHBACK
1.0 60PS High Up 3dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£11,425.00
UP HATCHBACK
1.0 60PS High Up 5dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£11,825.00

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.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
96
CO2 (g/km)
95
CO2 (g/km)
100
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Noise Level dB(A)
69
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Code
CHYA
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
CC
999
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
56.5
EC Urban (mpg)
57.6
EC Urban (mpg)
58.9
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
78.5
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
76.3
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
74.3
EC Combined (mpg)
68.9
EC Combined (mpg)
67.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
55.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
52.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
54.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
51.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.5
General
Generation Mark
1
Coin Series
Take Up
Coin Description
Start Stop
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
89
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
80
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
46
NCAP Safety Assist %
86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
Badge Power
60
Badge Engine CC
1.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
2E
Safety Concerns?
False
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
9.7
Engine Power - BHP
60
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Power - KW
44
Engine Power - RPM
5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
70
Engine Torque - NM
95
Engine Torque - RPM
3000
0 to 62 mph (secs)
14.4
Top Speed
101
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Emissions Test Cycle
Second Act
Tyres
Tyre Size Rear
165/65 R14
Tyre Size Rear
175/65 R14
Tyre Size Rear
165/70 R14
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
14" STEEL
Tyre Size Front
165/65 R14
Tyre Size Front
175/65 R14
Tyre Size Front
165/70 R14
Alloys?
False
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Width (including mirrors)
1910
Height
1478
Height
1504
Wheelbase
2420
Wheelbase
2417
Length
3570
Length
3600
Width
1645
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
940
Minimum Kerbweight
934
Gross Vehicle Weight
1290
Gross Vehicle Weight
1330
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
35
Max. Loading Weight
396
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
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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.
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