New Volkswagen Up! might be categorized in lowest insurance group rating

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 20, 2011

The latest Volkswagen up! is expected to have a five-star Euro NCAP test rating, with an interior space that is far better than the vehicles belonging to the class above it. But in terms of insurance, this entry-level £7,995 1.0-litre 60 PS Take up! is as small as its 3,540 mm long body, boasting a class-leading 1E group rating.

The £8,970 Move up! as well as the £9,330 Move up! with BlueMotion Technology also belong to the group 1E. Even with the special edition £11,180 up! White and up! Black models or the top-specification £10,390 1.0-litre 70 PS High up!, customers will still find that the vehicle models are three groups below the average for the class -- group 2E. This insurance group allows customers to keep motoring costs as low as possible.

Even with the costs kept low, safety remains a high priority. In addition to the super-high and ultra-high strength steels being used in the construction of the vehicle, every up! model has ABS with hydraulic brake assist, side and thorax/head airbags for front-seat occupants, driver and front passenger airbags, and ISOFIX fittings in the back.

ESP (Electronic Stabilization Program) is a standard featured in Move up! models and above. An optional feature is a first-in-class city emergency braking system. This system is part of the driver's assistance pack that costs around £225. Moreover, Volkswagen offers a three-year/60,000-mile fixed price servicing plan, which is priced at £299.

The lines of its bumper make the new VW up! seemingly smiling, with the chrome VW logo embedded on a narrow black band. This band flanked by headlights -- with integrated daytime running lights – are smaller compared to other VW vehicles, although they are now more prominent. There was no need to provide the new up! with large intakes since its small petrol and natural gas engines -- and later electric motor – don’t require a heavy flow of cooling air.

According to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand, front-end designs of new VW vehicles like the up! and the Phaeton adhere to the same styling guidelines. These models share certain styling features like a strict highlight of horizontal lines, the seemingly union of the grille and headlights, and their concise short angles.

Despite these shared brand elements, these models are distinct from each other, especially in terms of the proportions of the individual components. When viewed from the side, the new VW up! is defined by a great interplay between convex and concave surfaces. This includes a slight concave groove located above the side sill. Interestingly, the side profile of the VW up! features no visible edges and seams, save for the side windows and wheel housings. The VW up! rides on 14- to 16-inch wheels hugged by dynamic wheel housings that feature large lateral surfaces.

On the other hand, the windows of the new VW up! also provide the car with a distinguishing appearance, with the lower-lying window edge and the bonnet linked by a short angle in front. Likewise, the rear third of the up! features a long ascending line similar to that formed by the rear wheel and the C-pillar.

This interplay of lines makes it seem that the C-pillar is supported by the rear wheel, thereby emphasizing the crisp proportions of the vehicle. Another line could be found coming from the car’s short bonnet, leading over the windscreen and roof to the rear end of the vehicle. Here, silhouette of the up! starts from the side windows then ends with nearly vertical curve down to the car’s bumper.

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