World’s tiniest four-seater? VW Up! ups sales stakes

  • VW compact gets new cabin/exterior designs
  • Up! Beats coming first-quarter 2017
  • Four models of the cute four-seater
HEY UP! It's the new version of VW's minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA
HEY UP! It’s the new version of VW’s minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA

UITENHAGE, Eastern Cape – Volkswagen’s compact car, the Up!, now has “sharper lines, sporty design”, new colours, new wheels, additional features and has been launched in South Africa to add to the more than 4800 which, VW says, have been sold in South Africa since its market introduction in February 2015.

So what’s changed?

Well, the headlights have been reshaped to accommodate diode daytime running lights, the front bumper has been changed and the bonnet made “more contoured to give it a sharper, sportier look”

The choice of new wheels goes up to 16″, the rear light-clusters have been amended and a rear diffuser added.

HEY UP! It's the new version of VW's minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA
HEY UP! It’s the new version of VW’s minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA

The cabin facia has a printed surface created, VW says, through an “in-mould-labelling process”, and new ambient cabin lighting “underlines the exclusive look of the interior”.

Leather-wrap is on the multi-function steering-wheel and gear-shifter on some models.

PARKING? NO PROBLEM…

The three-cylinder, one-litre, engine has been retained and still makes 55kW at 6200rpm and 95Nm at 3000rpm (though VW says 90% of max torque is on call from 2000-6000rpm.

Good news is that the car’s possible top speed is 173km/h and possible fuel-consumption 4.6 litres/100km – not so good is that it takes 13.5sec to reach 100km/h.

Parking in a scrunched-up high-rise garage slot shouldn’t be a problem, even for the worst driver: the car is only 3.6m long, 1.64m wide and 1.5m tall. VW is proud that it is the smallest four-seater on the market but will fit four adults.#

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There are four models, each with the silly two-letter name and even sillier prefixs of which I have already made fun in an article I wrote after the car’s launch in Gemany in September 2011: Take Up!, Move Up!, Up! Beats and Cross Up!.

More seriously, they each come with anti-lock brakes, four crash bags and electronic stability control. Cross Up! and Beats Up! (named for VW’s BeatsAudio sond system) will be available in South Africa in the first quarter of 2017.

HEY UP! It's the new version of VW's minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA
HEY UP! It’s the new version of VW’s minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA

Somehow VW has managed to cram the 300W system -amplifier, six high-end speakers and a sub-woofer into the minicar for “a concert-hall feeling” while driving. The car also makes music with unique 15″ alloy wheel rims, Beats decals and contrasting external mirrors.

Good connection. The infotainment system on board the New Up! (whoops, got carried away there) new Up! has been completely redesigned. Standard in Take Up! is a 7.9cm Composition screen with a monochrome display, radio/CD, SD card and auxiliary socket.

PHONE SHOWS THE ROUTES

From the Move Up!, er, up, is a Composition phone with 5-13cm colour display, radio, USB, SD card and auxiliary socket, and Bluetooth. A smartphone with a ‘Maps + More’ app can be integrated with the infotainment system the phone’s screen displaying the routes.

Each Up! can be perked up with a number of factory-fitted extra-cost items such as 15″ alloy wheel rims, Sound “Plus” with four front speakers and two rear, driver package (cruise control, rear parking radar and a multi-function display), winter package (heatable seats and front fog lights), roof package (black roof and external mirrors), smartphone integration with satnave, and a sunroof.

The minicars will be available in eight colours, two whites, blue, red, three shades of metallic, and black pearlescent.

HEY UP! It's the new version of VW's minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA
HEY UP! It’s the new version of VW’s minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA

Here are the highlights of standard features fitted in the various versions of the Up!, diligently supplied by VW SA…

Take Up!
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
Driver and front passenger airbags, plus side head/thorax crash bags for front passengers
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including hill hold and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
Traction control
Front 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 wheel rim 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! are:
14″ steel wheel rims
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! are:
15″ ‘Radial’ alloy wheel rims
Red or Black 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
Seat belts 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:
16-inch Cross alloy rims
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

HEY UP! It's the new version of VW's minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA
HEY UP! It’s the new version of VW’s minicar now available in four versions from your local VW dealer. Image: VW SA

Retail prices
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
Each Volkswagen Up! will be delivered with a three-year (or 120 000km) manufacturer’s warranty and a 12-year anti-rust through warranty.
Service intervals 15 000km.

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