Volkswagen Up is a 139.4-inch Hatchback with a 1.0-litre power three-cylinder front engine giving 59 hp on base models and 74 hp on upgraded models with 70 pound-feet of torque. Oddly, both the powers are not up to the mark with the formal barely giving any performance at high speeds and the latter doing better while revving but still lacking quality and smoothness. It won’t rev beyond 4,000 at launch though.
It’s easy to drive the Up smoothly in stop-start traffic because of cooperating brakes and clutch. Less trouble in parking it as it is a small hatchback weighing only 2,023 pounds. It has shift action and also an optional automatic gearbox and both of them feel quite uneasy. The car acts amazingly noise-free taking into account that it has a three-cylinder engine. Overall it is a refined model with less noise and disturbance to the driver with just slight buzzy sounds at low revs.
Though the dashboard and other interiors are not made up of classy-looking, soft-touch plastics like in bigger and expensive cars, but they still looks gorgeous with the help of glossy black look and metallic touches. The quality of the material used is high standard. The seats are aptly sized with great support to the passengers.The rear seats can fold down,so you can carry morebaggage in your car alongside a single rear passenger. The car is quite spacious with enough space at rear for two passengers. Up is a winner in JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Up has airbags like twin front airbags and plus side bags for the safety of the passengers. The car has achieved five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.Emergency braking and automatic gearbox are also available at cheap rates now.
Volkswagen has many versions of Up like Take Up and Move Up, all are differently equipped according to their prices. Take Up has a CD player and a socket system to play your iPod through the stereo. The Move Up has additional electric front windows and air-conditioning. High Up has features like heated front seats, a Bluetooth hands-free telephone connection and navigation. Volkswagen has a Groove Up model, with a more powerful stereo.
Up is not that easy on pocket but still better than those turbos and expensive cars in terms of price this small hatchback gives good worth in after sale. Various discounts are available too. This new Volkswagen model has two versions: a base 59-hp version that returns 56 mpg on the combined European consumption cycle and a 74-hp version returning 54.6 mpg.
Bluemotion Technology versions of each engine are also available which give return around 70mpg because they automatically shut down whenever the car stops and is in neutral.