2012 Vw Up! gets two extra doors for 475 euros

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 23, 2012

It was obvious that Volkswagen is going to reveal the four-door version of the Up! after last week, the patent images with the car emerged on the web. As expected, the new car will be identical with the two-door version, which means it will receive the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine delivering 44 kW / 60 PS and 55 kW / 75 PS.

The design of the new car has also changed a little bit as the four-door version features a modified side profile, as the lower window line of the two-door rises towards the rear near the C-pillars and forms a straight line. The boot has a capacity of 251 liters, but this can be extended to 951 litres by folding down the rear backrest.

Still, the rear seats offer the same comfort as the headroom in the rear is 947 mm, while in the front is 993 mm. Volkswagen is offering the same optional features in the four-door version of the Up!, such as City Emergency Braking, a portable navigation and infotainment system with touchscreen, which contains a navigation system, a hands-free telephone unit, an informational display of various vehicle parameters and a media player.

Regarding the price, the four-door version of the Up! will cost 10,325 euros, including ESP, with just 475 euros more than the two-door versions. The new Up! will be available in the same equipment versions like the two-door version: take up!, move up!, high up!, black up!, white up!

Looking at the exterior, the Volkswagen up! has heat-insulating glass with a green tint, bumpers in the same color as the body, and the 14-inch wheels. All up! model versions though will have a partly-galvanized body. It will have features aimed at convenience like the windscreen wiper in the rear, daytime running lights, and steering column that allows for height adjustment, and power-assisted electro-mechanical steering. Then there are the convenience direction indicators where 1 press is equivalent to 3 flash cycles.

On the interior, one is likely to see the bootspace is lined with fabric, floors are carpeted, and the air vent surrounds contrasted in white. In addition, the bench seat in the rear can be folded. A rather sophisticated feature is the panel placed in the dashboard’s middle and comes in gloss black. One unique feature in the up! that is rarely seen in the small car segment is the panoramic tilt/slide sunroof.

When it comes to safety, whether active or passive, the up! has a number of head-thorax side airbags and front airbags. For the occupants in front, meaning the driver and the passenger, their seatbelts have a fastening reminder in addition to having belt-tensioners. Safety systems include the ABS with ASR while the German market will also have the electronic stabilization program or ESP.

There are also top tether fitting and ISOFIX fixtures in case there is a need to mount a child seat in the rear. Should a child need to sit in the front, the front passenger airbag can be deactivated. Volkswagen revealed it will be offering as an option a portable infotainment and navigation system that has touchscreen capability. This feature not only has a navigation system but also has a media player and hands-free phone unit.

The system can even display a number of vehicle parameters. An app will be offered as well which can help the drivers personalize the maps+more to suit their needs. The maps+more is positioned on the dashboard where it is then networked with the vehicle’s electronic systems.

Press Release

Volkswagen Up 4-door

The 2-door up! by Volkswagen is one of the most important automotive highlights of 2011. All signs point to a big future for the small car. In Germany, for example, the VW up! immediately garnered first place in its class in registration statistics. Now, in 2012 Volkswagen is raising the bar by presenting, alongside the eco up!, the 4-door version of the city specialist. In May 2012, the Volkswagen up! 4-door will arrive at dealers in Germany; market roll-out of the 4-door car will be complete by early summer for all of Europe. The 4-door has the same engines (44 kW/60 PS and 55 kW/75 PS), equipment versions (take up!, move up!, high up!, black up!, white up!) and dimensions (3,540 mm long, 1,641 mm wide without mirrors, 1,478 mm high) as the 2-door cars.

Independent side profile

Naturally, the car's four doors have changed the look of its side profile. While the lower window line of the 2-door rises towards the rear near the C-pillars, it forms a straight line on the 4-door car. This gives the new body version a high level of independence. The crisp and short body overhangs are also distinctive on the 4-door. The front and rear sections are identical on both body versions. This also means that buyers of the 4-door version will get to enjoy a bootlid whose outer skin consists of a continuous glass surface; this gives the bootlid the high-tech and high-end look of a smartphone. Beneath the bootlid, there is a boot with a volume of 251 litres; cargo capacity can be extended to up to 951 litres by folding down the rear backrest (60:40 split bench from the move up!).

Comfortable driving with four persons

The rear doors open wide and offer comfortable entry - including for adults. The four-seat, 4-door car offers the same good interior space as the 2-door, and the amount of space is remarkable given the vehicle's size. Headroom in the rear is 947 mm, while it is 993 mm in front. Legroom in the second row is a comfortable 789 mm. The seat height on the rear bench has a pleasant effect: the height of the so-called H-point - the vertex where the seat surface and backrest meet - is 378 mm in the rear, which is higher than in front (306 mm). This higher seat position gives rear passengers a better view over the shoulders of the driver and front passenger. Just as important: there is plenty of space under the front seats for the feet of the rear passengers.

Braking automatically

It is only logical that Volkswagen would offer the same optional features in both the Volkswagen up! 4-door and 2-door. They include clever systems such as City Emergency Braking. The Volkswagen up! is the first car in its class that can be automatically braked by such a function in a tight situation; the function is active over a speed range from 5 to 30 km/h.


Also available as an option is a portable navigation and infotainment system with touchscreen. It contains a navigation system, hands-free telephone unit, display of various vehicle parameters and media player. In addition, apps can be used to customise maps+more to personal requirements. maps+more is snapped into place on the dashboard and then it is networked with the electronic systems of the Volkswagen up!. A rare treat in the segment of small cars is the enormous panoramic tilt/slide sunroof that Volkswagen decided to include in the up!.

Standard version is well equipped

Outside, the small Volkswagen in the basic version, the take up!, is equipped with 14-inch wheels, body-coloured bumpers and green tinted heat-insulating glass. As on all up! models, the body is partially galvanised. Inside, details such as the folding rear bench seat, colour contrasting air vent surrounds (in the colour 'white'), carpeted floors and a fabric-lined bootspace cover are used. Convenience features distinguishing the take up! include a rear windscreen wiper, electromechanical power assisted steering, height-adjustable steering column, convenience direction indicators (1 press = 3 flash cycles) and daytime running lights. Sophisticated: the gloss black panel in the middle of the dashboard. When it comes to passive and active safety, standard features include front airbags and head-thorax side airbags plus a seatbelt fastening reminder for driver and front passenger, belt tensioners in front, ABS with ASR, ESP electronic stabilisation programme (in Germany), ISOFIX fixtures and top-tether fittings for mounting suitable child seats in the rear and a deactivation function for the front passenger airbag (when using a child seat there).

Engines and gearboxes of the up!

Fuel economy and driving performance values are identical for both Volkswagen up! body versions. They are powered by three-cylinder petrol engines with 44 kW/60 PS or 55 kW/75 PS; both engines fulfil the Euro 5 emissions standard and drive the front wheels. The combined fuel consumption as a BlueMotion technology version (with such features as a Stop/Start system, battery regeneration and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance): 4.1 l/100 km (60 PS) and 4.2 l/100 km (75 PS). Both 1.0-litre engines satisfy the 100 g/km CO2 emissions limit. As an alternative to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox, for the first time Volkswagen will be offering these two petrol engines with a new, automatic 5-speed gearbox as an option over the course of the year. In the 'D' automatic mode, the gearbox selects the optimal switch moment in terms of consumption, thus lowering consumption again compared to the manual version.

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