Volkswagen has released the first details of the new 2012 five-door version of its Up city car.
The new five-door VW Up has the same 2.4m wheelbase as its three-door sister, and combined with the addition of rear doors, promises greater practicality and easier rear seat access..
Inside, however, the five-door Up offers the same amount of head and legroom as the three-door variant, while luggage capacity remains unchanged at 251 litres – rising to 951 litres with the split/folding rear seats down.
Take Up, Move Up and High Up
The new model will be offered in the same trim levels as the existing three-door: Take Up, Move Up and High Up. Technology highlights include the Maps & More infotainment package and City Emergency Braking system.
Maps & More is a voice-controlled portable device that docks into the dashboard, organising navigation, communication, information and entertainment. It is standard on High Up models and a £275 option on the rest of the range.
The £225 City Emergency Braking system uses sensors to scan the road up to 10m ahead of the vehicle. It can apply the brakes at speeds of up to 18mph if it thinks a crash is imminent – reducing the force of impact or potentially avoiding it altogether.
With front and side airbags, plus and stability control (fitted as standard on all but Take Up models), the three-door Up achieved a full five-star EuroNCAP crash safety rating. The five-door Up should prove equally safe.
60bhp and 75bhp engines
The new Up is powered by the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine as the three-door. This unit provides either 60bhp or 75bhp – the latter only available in range-topping High Up trim.
The option of VW’s efficiency-focused BlueMotion technology will be available on Move Up models if specified. The three-door Up Bluemotion offers a claimed 68.9mpg combined with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km CO2 (free car tax); we’d expect similar efficiency from the five-door.
Deliveries of the five-door Up begin in the second half of 2012. Prices will be confirmed closer to launch.