VW’s new little up! is set to be a hit with trendy young generation
SLOTTING below the popular Polo Vivo, the three- door up! is surprisingly large from outside, with compact dimensions.
It’s unmistakably a VW in design with a smiley face, bold lights and it’s that image that will make this car a hit with the trendy young generation. On the side, it features 14- inch wheels with the option of 15/ 16- inch alloy wheels.
The back features a slick boot integrated with the rear window.
Colour choices include a mix of traditional and trendy options, however, the red with a glass roof works best.
Inside it belies its compact dimension, seating four adults with ease in a clearly laid out and functional cabin. Typical VW, there is a long list of options ranging from parking sensors, high end audio system with sub woofer, panoramic sun- roof, cruise control, fog lights. The spec comes in two levels, the entry level Take and the top spec Move.
The up! features a one- litre three- cylinder credited with 55 kW/ 95 Nm mo- tor, linked to a five speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels. It’s claimed to consume 4,7 l/ 100 km, figures easily attainable during our drive.
The engine has less weight to push and therefore feels sprightly and on the power boil. Handling was safe, however, it excels in feeling like a bigger car in the same way the Polo feels like a premium car. Safety has been prioritised with multi airbags ( front and side), ABS and use of high strength material for crash safety. With the way buyers can individualise the up!, VW surely has a winner on its hands.
The up! comes standard a 12- year anti- corrosion warranty as well as a threeyear or 120 000 km manufacturer warranty. Service intervals are 15 000 km. ( Impressions were gathered at a launch sponsored by the manufacturer.) • Tune in to Sibonelo Myeni on Ukhozi FM on Thursday mornings to hear it all from the horse’s mouth.
Prices: 1,0 55 kW Take up! R133 500 1,0 55kW Move up! R140 500
Smiling for you, VW’s new up! makes the most of its tiny platform.