The order books are now open for the new five-door Volkswagen up!, priced at only £365 higher than the equivalent three-door model. Volkswagen’s much-awarded city car features wide-opening rear doors and is priced from £8,360. The five-door up! is equipped with the same qualities as its three-door variant.
Its wheelbase measures 2.42 m long, resulting to a remarkable interior space even when it has a small and a vehicle length of 3.54 m, making it easier to park. It also has a large 251-litre boot, a frugal three-cylinder engine, infotainment system, and safety features that are new to the class.
The five-door up! benefits the rear passengers as it has exactly the same space offered in the three-door model, with a headroom of 947 mm of headroom (compared to 993 mm in the front). It also has 789 mm of legroom.
The rear seat base is positioned a little higher in the front at 378 mm (compared to 306 mm), giving passengers a clearer view of the road at the front. The five-door range is comparable to that of the three-door.
The available models include Take up!, Move up! and High up! models as well as the special edition up! Black and up! White. It’s predicted that five-door models will account for half of all up! sales. Just like the three-door, there will be two BlueMotion Technology versions available.
They avoid VED since their CO2 emissions are lower than 100 g/km. The 60 PS Move up! BlueMotion Technology offers 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle while it has CO2 emissions of only 95 g/km while the 75 PS High up! BlueMotion Technology delivers 67.3 mpg and 98 g/km. The range will be joined by a fully electric version in late 2013 while an automated manual gearbox is offered as an option later this year.
As seen from the front, the up! seems to grin, because of the lines of the bumper. A narrow dark band runs in the middle of the headlights (with coordinated daytime running lamps). Incorporated here is the Volkswagen signature, which is the main chrome component at the front end. The up! can manage without huge air cooling intakes because of its little petrol and natural gas motors and electric engine that will soon follow.
Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand Klaus Bischoff said that the headlamps are prominently smaller than those of the other vehicles of the brand, but they are very noticeable. The front-end style - from the up! to the Phaeton - all follow similar styling patterns. The models are identifiable by such style components as a stress of horizontal lines, integration of the grille and headlamps and the detail of short angles of the exterior. And still, in spite their famous brand affinities, all Volkswagens are different from each other. Important factors here are the variations in the proportions of each component. This eventually leads to majorly individual cars that cover the model range from the common up! to the elegant Phaeton.
up! side profile
In side profile, the particular flares of surfaces and convex alternation and concave structures characterize the auto's styling. A slight concave form over the side sill produces an emphasis in the continuous surface. The side profile doesn't demonstrate any creases or edges except for the wheel frames and the style of the side windows. The wheels are installed in strong wheel housings, which has parallel surfaces (the so-called wheel mirrors) that are very huge, making the diameters of the little wheels (14 to 16 inch) look larger.