VW’s new lit­tle up! is set to be a hit with trendy young gen­er­a­tion

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - SI­BONELO MYENI

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

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

Smil­ing for you, VW’s new up! makes the most of its tiny plat­form.

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