Downsize to the best small one
ROAD TEST/ It might not be cheap but the Volkswagen Up is rather cheerful, writes Lerato Matebese
Downsizing has become the rule rather than the exception, particularly in the middle segments of the market where many people tend to buy down a segment due to the volatile economic landscape.
For many, buying down would be ideal should it mean they do not compromise on those conveniences and niceties. The A-segment, it can be argued, has little to offer in the way of convenience items, but mostly, many of the offerings here impart to the driver and passenger a feeling befitting being in an entry-level vehicle.
Well, there seems to be an exception to the rule in the form of the Volkswagen Up that was launched in three-door only guise in 2014 that compromised its practicality. Now the model is offered in five-door configuration and has been given minor cosmetic tweaks.
These include an updated lower valance, new 15-inch alloy wheels in the instance of the flagship Move Up derivative and darkened rear light clusters. The cabin has been given a few new items such as a Bluetoothenabled infotainment system, while the multifunction steering wheel has been borrowed from the Polo. It is a classy cabin that feels a cut above most offerings in the segment.
The doors close with reassuring solidity, while the cabin materials are anything but cheap. In fact, the only thing that
Styling changes are minimal on the new Up, including a revised front bumper. Right: Darkened light clusters give the rear a more urban look.
The interior gets some changes including a new Bluetoothcompatible audio system.