New Volkswagen up! gets better
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!.
This derivative has the following standard features:
In addition to the features on the Take up!, the Move up! gains the following:
In addition to the features on the Move up! model, the up! beats gains the following:
In addition to the standard features in other derivatives, Cross up! gains the following:
SA Retail Prices (VAT and emissions tax included)
1.0 MPI Take up! (55kW)
1.0 MPI Move up! (55kW)
1.0 MPI up! beats (55kW)
1.0 MPI Cross up! (55kW)
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.