First Drive – Volkswagen Up


What is it
The Volkswagen Up is the new baby of the VW Range.  Available now as a 3-door model, it will be joined later in the year by a 5-door version.

First impression of the new VW UP!
With a fantastic and zippy 1.0 litre engine and an almost tardis like interior, small has never felt so big. The up has personality with a capital P.

What about the interior?
Inside there are heaps of storage spaces and everything is very cool and simple.

And on the road?
Up and the city: Tiny dimensions and an excellent turning circle means this is where the Up truly shines.

Up and the open road: The Up’s eager engine copes on the open road far better than it should, never sounding stressed or out of steam!

How Much?
Prices start from €10,995 for the entry level Take up! and rises to €12,895 for the High Up! model. Running costs are low with the Up returning 4.7 l/100km (60.1mpg) on the combined cycle . Emissions of just 108g/km means it is in Band A for Motor Tax so will cost €160 annually.

How Safe?
In the Euro NCAP evaluation it was awarded the top score of five stars. There is also a host of safety features including ABS and four airbags. Standard on the Up! is a City Emergency Braking system. This is a system that scans a space of 10 metres in front of the car and detects if there is an object, stationary or moving, that is likely to collide with the car. If the driver has made no reaction to the object then the braking system is automatically engaged.

What are my choices?
The Up! comes in 3 models:
Take Up! – The entry level model
Move Up! – Adds manual air conditioning, body-coloured mirrors and handles, and the variable boot floor
High Up  – Gains leather trimmed three spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, 15″ alloy wheels, front fog lights, heated front seats, a dashpad in Black pearl with black pearl inserts and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors.

3 words to describe the VW Up!
Clever, Fun, Solid


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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