With the new VW up! hitting European streets, the company has also introduced a new five-door model to increase the small car’s versatility.
Little has changed to accommodate the extra doors: the car is the same length, powered by the same 1.0L three-cylinder engine, and rear passengers have exactly the same amount of space as those in the three-door model – 37.3” of headroom and 31.4” of legroom. The rear seat base is set slightly higher than in the front, giving passengers a clearer view of the road ahead.
As well as front and side airbags and Isofix child seat preparation in the rear, the up! can be ordered with an optional City Emergency Braking system. Not usually seen in this vehicle segment, it uses sensors to scan the space ahead of the vehicle, applying the brakes automatically if it detects that the car is about to hit an object in front.
With all its safety features, the up! has received a five-star rating and the Advanced Award from Euro NCAP, the European New Car Assessment Program. It was the first vehicle in this class to receive these awards.
The Maps & More infotainment system is a mobile Personal Infotainment Device that was developed to organize navigation, telephone, information and entertainment. It is removable, but unlike similar systems, it melds with the car’s network and can be used to view vehicle information, such as the parking sensors (where fitted). The system is standard on the High up! model and above, optional on the rest of the range.