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Brand New Volkswagen Up1.0 115PS Up GTI 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzer8" touch screen
Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and speed limiterBluetooth hands free telephone connection
Brake pad wear indicator warning lightCar-Net App-Connect
Driver alert systemDriver profile selection
Exterior temperature gaugeInstrument cluster in white
Multifunction computerPAS - speed related
Rev counterTrip and service interval display
Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensorsWarning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened

Entertainment

CD/MP3/WMA, USB and SD card reader, aux-inComposition media system
DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic coming/leaving home lighting function
Automatic headlightsBlack front air intake and radiator grille with chrome insert
Black rear diffuserBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Electric front windowsElectric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsHeated rear windscreen
LED daytime running lightsLED rear lights
Rain sensorRear roof spoiler
Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent delay 

Interior Features

12V socket in luggage compartment3 rear headrests
3 spoke steering wheel60/40 split folding rear seat
Bag hook in luggage compartmentBoot lashing points
Cooled gloveboxCourtesy light delay
Dust/pollen filterFront and rear reading lights
Front centre armrest with storage box and rear air ventsFront passenger drawer stowage
Front passenger seat height adjustFront seat back storage pockets
Grab handlesHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated vanity mirrorsIsofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
Load through provision with rear centre armrest and cupholders x2Luggage compartment cover
Luggage compartment lightingMultifunction leather steering wheel with leather gear knob/handbrake grip
Overhead storage boxPearl grey headlining
Storage box in centre console with coverStorage box in luggage compartment
Storage compartments in doorsSun visors
Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable 

Packs

Mirror pack - Golf 

Safety

3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners3 rear 3 point seatbelts
ABSAutomatic Post collision braking
Child locks on rear doorsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraintsDrivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brake with auto holdESP with EDL + ASR
Front and rear curtain airbagsFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front side airbagsPre crash system
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

Alarm with interior protectionElectronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys 

Technical

XDS electronic differential lock 

Trim

Brushed dark metal decorative insertsChrome-plated light switch surround
Polar night black centre console 

Wheels

Steel space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)109Noise Level dB(A)71
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC999Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders3Engine CodeCHZC
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)58.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)68.9EC Urban (mpg)47.9

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power110
Coin DescriptionTSI 110Coin SeriesSE [Nav]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0712EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %89NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %65NCAP Safety Assist %71
Service Interval Frequency - Months24Service Interval Mileage10000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.9Engine Power - BHP110
Engine Power - KW81Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT148
Engine Torque - MKG20.4Engine Torque - NM200
Engine Torque - RPM2000Top Speed122

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front205/55 R16Tyre Size Rear205/55 R16
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleLINAS
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1492Length4258
Wheelbase2620Width1799
Width (including mirrors)2027 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1720
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1270Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
Max. Loading Weight579Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked600
Minimum Kerbweight1141No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen up!

With the improved up!, Volkswagen can offer citycar buyers a very competitive proposition indeed. Jonathan Crouch checks it out

Ten Second Review

A proper Volkswagen - just a smaller one. The up! has enabled the German brand to regain the initiative in the important citycar sector and this improved version sets a high standard for contenders in this class, adding in turbo 1.0-litre power at the top of the range. Frugal, fun, clever and competitively priced, the up! is a key model to consider, not only for those in the market's smallest segment but also for people buying a compact car of any kind.

Background

In concept, Volkswagen's up! was smarter even than the finished product we see here, the original 2007 prototype rear-engined just like the early Beetle as the German designers sought to find more space from an ever-smaller roadway footprint. But such complexity would have made the finished production version as expensive as 'lifestyle' small cars like the MINI or the Audi A1. Which wasn't the point at all. This, the company decided, must be something almost anyone could afford. In any case, it could still be clever even if it was conventional. If the engine could be smaller, the wheelbase longer and the overhangs shorter, the ambitious cabin space goals set by the rear-driven concept could still be achieved. A basic formula to which has been added all manner of innovation. Depending on its purpose and the preference of its buyer, an up! can guide you with Google. It can brake itself to avoid an accident. It can be a hot hatch. Or, at the other extreme, an electric runabout. It can, in short, be all things to all people. A real Peoples Car.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, the main news for up! buyers is the addition of an extra three cylinder petrol engine to the range, a pokier 1.0-litre TSI turbo unit with 90PS on tap. This sells alongside the existing normally aspirated 1.0-litre powerplants most customers will continue to want, these generating either 60 or 75PS. These feature a characteristic offbeat rasp that isn't unpleasant and rather suits this car's rather individual charisma. You'll certainly be hearing plenty of the volume engines if rapid progress is needed, for without a turbocharger to boost torque, the 60 or 75PS units need to be revved quite a bit, peak power not arriving until 6,000rpm, only 600rpm shy of the red line. Most will be content with the base 60PS version, capable as it is of sixty in 14.4s on the way to 99mph, quite enough to keep up with the traffic. I'm not sure I'd see the point of finding a lot more money for the 75PS variant, given that the performance gains are relatively slight (0-60mph in 13.2s on the way to 106mph). The 1.0 TSI turbo would be a fun choice though, offering performance that Volkswagen says is comparable to that provided by the first generation Golf GTI. The especially frugally-minded will be interested to try the full-electric e-up! version which has a battery powerplant capable of putting out the equivalent of 82PS.

Design and Build

Not too much has changed with the looks of this car. There are re-styled bumpers, a sleeker rear diffuser, door mirrors with integrated indicator lights, revised headlights with LED daytime running lights and smarter rear lights. Otherwise, it's as you were, so a length of around 3.5-metres, yet a wheelbase that takes up nearly 2.5-metres of that. Which is why, though an up! is no longer than a Fiat 500, it offers far more room inside, space in fact for the four fully-sized adults who could never comfortably fit in the apparently space-efficient Italian car. How has this been done? By shortening the front and rear overhangs as much as the designers dared, something only possible at the front by mounting the radiator alongside rather than in front of the very compact engine. The result is a tardis-like interior just as big as that of Volkswagen's far pricier Polo supermini. Take luggage space as an example; as long as you can lump your stuff over the rather high sill, you'll find 251-litres of space or 951-litres with the seats folded. The changes made to this revised model inside are even more subtle than those made to the exterior. There's classier background lighting, while plusher models get a redesigned 'Climatronic with Pure Air' air conditioning system and the option of a 'beats with a 300W' sound set-up. Otherwise, it's all very recognisable from before, the cool dished three-spoke steering wheel fashioned from light magnesium and framing an instrument cluster of refreshing simplicity. A pity though that it's still only adjustable for height, not for reach. The interior design with its large speedometer is clean and easy to get to grips with, featuring high gloss back trim and a compact centre pod for many of the minor controls. True, there's no shortage of hard plastics, but this doesn't feel like a car that's been ruthlessly built down to a price. It just feels agreeably minimalist.

Market and Model

Prices, as before, sit mainly in the £9,000 to £14,000 bracket, though the all-electric 'e-up!' will cost you just over £20,000, once the government grant has been substracted from its asking price. As before, there's a choice of either three or five-door bodystyles and the option of a semi-automatic robotised clutch-less 5-speed gearbox as an urban alternative to the usual 5-speed manual. And again, the main combustion engine trim levels are 'take up!', 'move up!' and 'high up!'. Across the range this time round, there are new exterior colours and a range of roof, design and colour packs to match them. Plus buyers can choose from a range of customisable dashboard designs and specify a 300W BeatsAudio sound system. Smartphone integration's better too. Bear in mind that the bottom end of the pricing spectrum gets you a very basic car indeed, so most will want to find an extra £1,000 to get themselves into mid-spec 'Move up!' trim. Here, you get the freshly developed media-savvy 'Composition' radio system, a USB port, an enlarged multi-function display and a customised "Black Cube" design dashpad as standard. The 'high up!' models add ambient lighting, a customised dashpad, heated front seats, a multifunction steering wheel, six loudspeakers, fog lamps with integrated static cornering lights and 15-inch 'Radial' alloy wheels. Air conditioning still comes as standard on this top variant.

Cost of Ownership

Any citycar stands or falls on its ongoing costs and here, the up! looks to have all its bases covered. Thanks in part to a low kerb weight of well under a tonne, even the 75PS 1.0-litre models will return a combined fuel economy figure of 60.1mpg with emissions pegged at 108g/km. Opt, as most people will, for the 60PS engine and the figures are better again, at 62.8mpg and 105g/km. Those looking for better economy still will be drawn inexorably to the BlueMotion Technology model which features low rolling resistance tyres, a battery regeneration system and a stop start system that cuts the engine when you don't need it in traffic or at the lights. As a result, it can return an impressive 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and emit just 96g/km of carbon dioxide. With a 35-litre fuel tank, this means that this variant has a theoretical driving range of as much as 530 miles. With this kind of showing, it's obvious why diesel versions of this car aren't offered. Even the 1.0 TSI will give you a tax-friendly 102g/km CO2 reading. If you really want to minimise your running costs, then you'll want to look at the e-up! full electric version. A standard full charge will give you 93 miles of range and takes less than nine hours from a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW household socket. On top of this, all e-up!s have a DC fast-charging circuit as standard. Using the Combined Charging System (CCS), this enables a flat battery to be charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, at levels of up to 40 kW using a DC supply.

Summary

The up! remains the very essence of a small, affordable Volkswagen, a high quality class-less car very much in the mould of the original Beetle. One of the lightest small runabouts you can buy, it still manages to feel solid, a triumph of packaging and design that's streets ahead of any citycar the brand has yet brought us. Highlights include superb space efficiency, a brilliant detachable infotainment system and a city braking function that'll pay for itself in peace of mind. All very clever and in execution, all very German - which might have delivered to the showrooms a very impressive but essentially rather soul-less result. Fortunately, the up! has enough character to make you like it as well as admire it - and that'll be crucial in an increasingly fashion-led market segment. If you like the look and you can afford to go beyond entry-level poverty spec, then there aren't too many downsides here. A few rivals can better the running costs - but not by much. And the SEAT and Skoda versions of this car are a little cheaper - but you'd likely lose what you gained in the probable trade-in value when the time came to sell. Overall then, this is the embodiment of friendly functionality behind a badge you probably thought you couldn't afford. With potential cleverness you almost certainly won't be expecting from something citycar-sized. A thumbs up! then? That's about the size of it.

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
90%
Build
90%
Value
80%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
90%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£164.84
Initial Rental£988.76
Term (months)36
Contract mileage18,000
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