Wednesday, 13 June 2012 7:58 AM
Volkswagen's city car, the enthusiastically named up!, is now available with five doors at just £365 more than the three-door model. The starting price for the five-door up is £8,369 and it is now available to order with deliveries expected in August.
The five-door up! combines the convenience of five doors with the benefits of the three-door baby - a teeny 2.42m wheelbase, 3.54m overall vehicle length, an efficient three cylinder engine, an infotainment system, three levels of trim, and a rather generous 251 litres of boot space. The interior space in the five-door up! is the same as the three-door with a slightly higher rear seat base.
BlueMotion technology is also on offer in the five-door up! models with the choice of sub-100g/km emissions in the 1.0-litre engines. The 59bhp up! with BlueMotion offers combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 95g/km, while the same technology on the 74bhp version does 67.3mpg and emissions are at 98g/km.
Safety features include front and side airbags, ABS with Hydraulic Break Assist, Isofix child seat preparation in the back and traction control as standard in all models except the entry level Take up! variant. City Emergency Braking system is an option and costs £225 extra - a fairly affordable way to help avoid a nasty rear-ender.
At the moment, the entire up! range is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission but an automated manual gearbox will become an option later this year. Next year, a fully electric up! will join the range for zero-emissions motoring.
Standard on the High up! model and above, and optional on the rest of the range is the Maps & More infotainment system, a mobile device that organises navigation, telephone, information and entertainment. It is removable, but unlike many other similar systems of this type, it melds with the car’s network of systems and can be used to view vehicle information, such as the display of the parking sensors where fitted.
By Georgia Lewis
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