New Volkswagen up! gets better
  • Volkswagen’s compact model gets new interior and exterior designs
  • New infotainment system
  • beats up! to be introduced in first quarter of 2017

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.

Confident appearance. 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.


More changes inside.. 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!

Strong performance. 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.

Compact comfort. 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.  When the rear seat is fully folded, cargo space increases to 959 litres.

up! for all. 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.

Get the beat. The new up! is the second Volkswagen model after Polo, to be offered with the BeatsAudio sound system. The 300-watt system comprises of an amplifier, six high-end speakers and a separate subwoofer for a concert hall feeling inside the car. The up! beats differentiates itself from other derivatives by its newly designed ‘Radial’15-inch alloy wheels, beats design decals as well as contrasting wing mirrors.

Good connection. 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.

Personal touch. 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.

New colours. Volkswagen up! is available in eight colours, namely Candy White, Pure White, Teal Blue, Honey Yellow Metallic, Tornado Red, Dark Silver Metallic, Edelweiss Metallic and Deep Black Pearlescent.

Equipment and trim

Here are the highlights of standard features fitted in the new up! four equipment levels: Take up!, Move up! up! beats and Cross up!.

Take up!


This derivative has the following standard features:

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Driver and front passenger airbags, plus side head/thorax airbags for front passengers
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including hill hold and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • Traction control
  • Front integrated head restraints
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering
  • Composition Radio infotainment system: 3.1-inch monochrome screen, AUX-in socket for external Source: MP3 player, SD card reader and CD player
  • Full-size spare wheel (including tool kit and jack)
  • 14-inch steel wheels with 165/70 R14 tyres
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Remote central locking with two remote folding keys
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heating and ventilation with four-speed fan
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Halogen clear headlights with integrated indicators
  • Interior light delay and luggage compartment light
  • Centre console cup holder, front x1 and rear x1

Move up!

In addition to the features on the Take up!, the Move up! gains the following:

  • 14-inch steel wheels
  • Body-coloured door handles and door mirrors
  • Composition Colour infotainment system: 5-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, USB connectivity
  • Variable boot floor
  • Lane’ cloth upholstery
  • Chrome-trimmed interior door handles
  • ‘Fusion’ cloth upholstery
  • ‘Black Cube’ dash pad
  • Leather multi-function steering wheel
  • Side mirrors electrically adjustable and heated
  • Rear-seat bench with 60:40 split/folding

up! beats

In addition to the features on the Move up! model, the up! beats gains the following:

  • 15-inch ‘Radial’ alloy wheels
  • Red or Black alloy wheel centre caps depending on exterior paint colour
  • Tyre mobility set
  • Beats audio 8 channel amplifier, Digital Signal Processor (DSP), 2 x tweeters in A pillars, 2 x woofers in front doors, 2 x broadband speakers in rear, 1 x subwoofer in spare wheel well, 300 watt output
  • Chrome-plated decorative strip on tailgate
  • ‘Flash Red’ or ‘Black’ door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approximately 65% tinted
  • ‘beats’ decal silver foil stripe with additional colour stripe matching the exterior door mirrors, on lower edge of door panel
  • Unique ‘beats’ logo on B pillar
  • Carpet mats, front and rear with red stitching
  • Chrome trim on air conditioning panel and light switch surround
  • Door sill protectors with ‘beats’ design
  • ‘beats’ cloth upholstery seat centre section with ‘beats’ logo and ‘Microfleece’ side bolsters
  • 3D effect upper dashpad with ‘beats’ logo
  • Multi-function display: instrument cluster with electronic speedometer, odometer, trip meter, rev counter, fuel gauge and digital clock
  • Side mirror housings in black or red
  • Smartphone navigation interface for smartphones up to 5.5-inch with USB connection for charging and data transfer
  • Seatbelts with red stripe
  • Ambient lighting
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated front seats

Cross up!

In addition to the standard features in other derivatives, Cross up! gains the following:

  • 16-inch Cross alloy wheels
  • 14-inch space saver spare wheel
  • Front foglights
  • Ambient lighting
  • Bumpers in sport style
  • Black protective side moulding – wheel arches, sills and doors
  • Silver anodised roof rails
  • Side mirror housings in light silver

SA Retail Prices (VAT and emissions tax included)

1.0 MPI Take up! (55kW)                                                            R164 700

1.0 MPI Move up! (55kW)                                                           R178 300

1.0 MPI up! beats (55kW)                                                            R194 700

1.0 MPI Cross up! (55kW)                                                          R194 700

Warranty and Service

Volkswagen up! comes standard with a 3 year/ 120 000 km manufacturer warranty, a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty and 15 000 km service intervals.

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