Volkswagen Up (2012–)

Model History

August 2011

Volkswagen Up first shown

The Up is an entirely new design, offering maximum space on a minimal footprint (3,540mm x 1,640mm), making it ideal for driving in the world’s cities. It will be launched in Europe in December. There are three versions for different budgets and needs: take up! is the entry-level car, move up! the comfort-oriented model and high up! the top version. At the car’s market launch, there will also be two models based on the high up!: up! black and up! white.

At 3.54 metres in length and 1.64 metres in width and 1.48 metres in height, the up! is one of the smallest four-seater cars. Its overall length consists of short body overhangs and a long wheelbase of 2.42 metres. Use of space in the car is exceptionally good, because of the wheelbase, which is one of the longest in the segment, combined with an engine that is mounted well forward. The 251-litre boot is also significantly larger than is typical in this class. When the rear seat is fully folded, cargo space is increased to 951 litres.

October 2011

Volkswagen Up is now available to order

Ahead of the city specialist arriving in UK showrooms in spring 2012. While the up! might have the interior space and features of a larger car, its prices are in keeping with its small footprint, starting at £7,995 (RRP OTR), and rising to £11,180.

Shown in production form at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the up! is an entirely new vehicle that offers space for four, the latest technology and highly efficient engines. From launch, the up! will be available with two 1.0-litre three-cylinder belt cam petrol engine options as well as a BlueMotion Technology version; it will have three doors and three trim levels – Take up!, Move up! and High up! – plus a special edition, the up! black and up! white. A five-door version is expected to join the line-up in the second half of 2012.

Take Up The range starts with the £7,995 1.0-litre 60 PS Take Up. Key items of specification include body-coloured bumpers, daytime running lights, front and side head/thorax airbags, the new RCD 215 CD radio with aux-in, rear ISOFIX points, and 14-inch steel wheels.

Move Up For £8,970, customers can upgrade to the Move Up. This brings a host of comfort-oriented features, including remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows, easy-entry seats, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, variable-height load floor and 60:40 split/fold rear seats. Outside, the Move Up gains body-coloured door mirrors and handles.

For just £360 more, the Move Up BlueMotion Technology adds a Stop/Start system that reduces urban fuel consumption by up to six per cent, battery regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres. These measures enhance combined fuel economy to an expected 67.2 mpg, and reduce emissions from 105 g/km to a forecast 97g/km – making it exempt from road tax.

High Up The £10,390 75 PS High Up model is perfect for sophisticated urbanites, coming as it does with heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake grip, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, the Maps & More personal infotainment device and a choice of dashboard colour. From the outside, the High Up is distinguished by its front fog lights and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Up black and Up white For the sybaritic, the special edition £11,180 Up Black and Up White models are based on the High Up, but add even more style, from the deep black pearl or pure white metallic paint to the chrome door mirror caps and door side strips to the 16-inch alloy wheels with body-coloured centre sections. Inside there is a body-coloured dash, special ‘stripes’ upholstery and carpet mats.

Options kept simple, with a choice of eight packs available, as detailed below.

  • Sensor pack (£350): parking sensors, cruise control, multifunction computer
  • Driver’s assistance pack (£400): City Emergency Braking, ESP, passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Comfort pack (£350): remote central locking, electric front windows, height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Winter pack (£350): front fog lights, heated front seats, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • Chrome pack (£250): chrome door mirror caps and side strips
  • Sports pack (£450): 16-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension and tinted glass from the B-pillar backwards
  • Sound pack (£100): four additional speakers (two front, two rear)
  • Leather-look pack (£650): leather-look seats, leather-covered steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake, plus carpet mats
Combined mpg Price, £ RRP OTR
Take up! 1.0-litre 60 PS 5 spd manual 105 62.7 7,995
Move up! 1.0-litre 60 PS 5 spd manual 105 62.7 8,970
Move up! 1.0-litre BlueMotion Technology 60 PS 5 spd manual 97* 67.2* 9,330
High up! 1.0-litre 75 PS 5 spd manual 108 60.1 10,390
up! black 1.0-litre 75 PS 5 spd manual 108 60.1 11,180
up! white 1.0-litre 75 PS 5 spd manual 108 60.1 11,180

August 2012

Up with ASG gearbox launched

The Volkswagen Up is now available with a new automated manual gearbox (ASG). Costing £595, the automatic gearbox is available on both three and five-door Move Up and High Up models (excluding BlueMotion Technology versions). As well as being cost-effective, the new five-speed ASG gearbox is extremely efficient, with improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions when compared with its manual counterpart.

The ASG is an automated version of the five-speed manual gearbox in the Up. The driver simply uses the gear lever to select D (Drive), N (Neutral) or R (Reverse) (there is no P (Park)) and the gearbox switches to the optimum gear for the situation. The gear shift points have been calculated to help achieve maximum fuel efficiency, depending on road profile and throttle position. The driver can also change up or down manually using the gear lever. Steering wheel paddle shift is not available on the Up.

The new gearbox is space-efficient, with the activation systems taking up a minimum of room, and has also been optimised to be as light as possible: at around 30 kg, it weighs just three kilograms more than the manual version. Two electromechanical actuators are positioned directly on the gearbox, and control the gate selection and engage or disengage the gears. A further electric motor is used to control the clutch.

November 2013

Volkswagen Twin-Up revealed

Volkswagen has unveiled a hybrid version of the up! city car at the Tokyo Motor Show. The twin up! concept uses a modified version of the XL1’s diesel-electric drivetrain and is said to return an incredible 257mpg.

The twin up! concept is based on a plug-in hybrid system, which combines a 0.8-litre two-cylinder turbodiesel engine, with a 27kW electric motor. Power is delivered to the front-wheels through a seven-speed DSG gearbox and top speed will be 87mph. However, acceleration will not be impressive, with official figures saying 0-62mph will take a zimmer frame rattling 15.7 seconds.

On battery power alone, the twin up! can cover a range of 31 miles, thanks to a 8.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is positioned between the rear seats and the boot.

Combined torque peaks at 215Nm, while CO2 emissions are just 27g/km, which makes the twin up! exempt from London’s Congestion Charge.

January 2015

Street Up and Club Up introduced

Prices start from £11,995 (RRP OTR). Both are based on the flagship High Up trim, which includes front fog lights, heated front seats and a 'Maps & More' portable infotainment device. However, the Street and Club Up are loaded with more styling features for an extra £610.

The Street up gets 16-inch Upsilon alloy wheels, standard Pure White, Black Pearl or Reflex Silver paint, 65% tinted glass from the B-pillar back, 'Street' badging, decals on side, bonnet, boot and roof, wing mirrors in silver (except for the Reflex Silver models on which they are black), body coloured bumpers with chrome moulding on the front fog lights, leather steering wheel with up! logo, up! scuff plates with yellow stripe, black roof lining, carpet mats and unique 'Street' cloth upholstery.

The Club up gets 16-inch Triangle alloy wheels, standard Blueberry metallic (unique to the Club up!) or Black Pearl paint, 65% tinted glass from the B-pillar back, 'Club' badging, decals on side panels in silver, wing mirrors in silver, up! scuff plates, black roof lining, carpet mats and unique 'Club' Tartan Tonic cloth upholstery. Both special editions are powered by the Up's more powerful 1.0-litre petrol engine delivering 75PS.

April 2015

Factory fitted Park and Convenience Pack available for Up. Combines City Emergency Braking, parking sensors and Maps & More for £695 (£870 when ordered separately).

January 2016

Look Up opened for orders, based on the Move Up. 1.0-litre 60 PS three-door offered with 15-inch Fortaleza alloy wheels, unique interior trim, black wing mirror casings and black foil decals. Range of colours include Saturn Yellow, Tornado Red or Pure White, adding a theoretical £1,000-worth of extra equipment and features for its £9,995 price (RRP OTR), an increase of £70 over the price of the standard Move Up.

February 2016

Mid-life upgrade for Volkswagen Up announced

The main upgrade is an optional new 3-cylinder 1.0 TSI engine. This turbocharged direct petrol injection (TSI) delivers a powerful 90PS. Maximum torque of 160Nm is available from 1500 rpm. Top speed 116mph with 64.2mpg equating to 102g/km CO2.

Every version of the upgraded Up comes with new headlights with LED daytime running lights as standard, new bumpers, a prominent rear diffuser, newly designed tail lights, new exterior mirror housings with integrated indicator lights, new colours and décors for the dashpad (dashboard styling panel) as well as new seat designs.

New Smartphone integration. Just connect the smartphone above the dashpad, pair via Bluetooth and it becomes an infotainment system with navigation system and on-board computer functions, thanks to the Volkswagen app.

Choice of 13 body colours, 9 exterior decals, ten new dashpad designs, three roof colours, three design packs, two colour packs and two basic colours for the interior trim (“Titanium Black” and “Ceramique”), coloured alloy wheels and individualised-colour ambient light available for the top-of-the-range models.

Previous range of two three-cylinder engines continues with multi-point injection (MPI) that deliver 60PS or 75PS. These are augmented by the sporty new 1.0 TSI (90PS). While the zero tailpipe emission electric e-Up (82PS).

Seven trim levels: take up!, move up!, high up! and eco up! (all of which are available as two- and four-door versions) as well as the load up!, cross up! and e-up! (each available as a four-door version). An overview of the vehicle equipment upgrades:

Three new roof packs designed to match the paint schemes – including roofs painted in contrasting black, white or grey as well as contrasting colour door mirror caps and tinted rear windows. Other additions to the range are three design packs, including a dashpad, design decals for the exterior, and contrasting door mirror caps. The range of equipment packages is rounded off by the colour packs, with the up! being given a final eye-catching flourish – along with the contrasting colours “Hot Orange” or “Gold Beige” – with 16-inch alloy wheels, design decals for the body and matching door mirror caps.

July 2016

Upgrade pricing announced and open for orders

Revised Up range includes new-for-2016 UP Beats model. Created in conjunction with high-end Californian electronics company Beats Audio and joining the familiar Take Up, Move Up, and High Up trims, the Up Beats feature a powerful 300-watt seven-speaker sound system, including a potent subwoofer in the boot.

External styling cues include bespoke colour combinations, Beats graphics and, depending on the colour of the car, red or black door mirrors. There’s also a subtle Beats badge on the B-pillar. Inside, the Up Beats has a 3D dashpad design, which includes the Beats logo, and a cream coloured interior.

The number of exterior paint colour options has increased from 10 to 13 and, of these, seven are new colours including ‘Costa Azul’, ‘Honey Yellow’ and ‘Savanna Gold’. The roof of the new up! can be coloured separately, via the new Roof Pack, in either black, white or ‘Urano Grey’. The Roof Pack also adds colour co-ordinated door mirrors and 65 per cent tinted rear side windows.

Volkswagen Up
Model Engine Gearbox Doors Power CO 2 (g/km) OTR RRP
Take up! 1.0-litre Manual 3 60 PS 101* £8,995.00
Take up! 1.0-litre Manual 5 60 PS 101* £9,395.00
Take up! 1.0-litre BMT Manual 3 60 PS 96* £9,295.00
Take up! 1.0-litre BMT Manual 5 60 PS 96* £9,695.00
Move up! 1.0-litre Manual 3 60 PS 101* £10,025.00
Move up! 1.0-litre Manual 5 60 PS 101* £10,425.00
Move up! 1.0-litre ASG 3 60 PS 100* £10,625,.00
Move up! 1.0-litre ASG 5 60 PS 100* £11,025.00
Move up! 1.0-litre BMT Manual 3 60 PS 96* £10,325.00
Move up! 1.0-litre BMT Manual 5 60 PS 96* £10,725.00
High up! 1.0-litre Manual 3 75 PS 101* £11,580.00
High up! 1.0-litre Manual 5 75 PS 101* £11,980.00
High up! 1.0-litre BMT ASG 3 75 PS 97* £12,480.00
High up! 1.0-litre BMT ASG 5 75 PS 97* £12,880.00
High up! 1.0-litre BMT Manual 3 75 PS 96* £11,880.00
High up! 1.0-litre BMT Manual 5 75 PS 96* £12,280.00
High up! 1.0-litre TSI Manual 3 90 PS 108* £12,055.00
High up! 1.0-litre TSI Manual 5 90 PS 108* £12,455.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre Manual 3 60 PS 101* £10,400.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre Manual 5 60 PS 101* £10,800.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre ASG 3 60 PS 100* £11,000.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre ASG 5 60 PS 100* £11,400.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre BMT Manual 3 60 PS 96* £10,700.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre BMT Manual 5 60 PS 96* £11,100.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre Manual 3 75 PS 101* £10,875.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre Manual 5 75 PS 101* £11,275.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre ASG 3 75 PS 103* £11,475.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre ASG 5 75 PS 103* £11,875.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre BMT Manual 3 75 PS 96* £11,175.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre BMT Manual 5 75 PS 96* £11,575.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre TSI Manual 3 90 PS 108* £11,350.00
up! Beats 1.0-litre TSI Manual 5 90 PS 108* £11,750.00

November 2016

Volkswagen announces new colours and customisation

Volkswagen customers can then specify a different coloured roof to fit their preferred scheme, with the options being ‘Black’, ‘White’ or ‘Grey’. The contrast between the roof and the bodywork can be particularly vivid, and can create a stylish combination that gives the Up a sporty finish or adds a premium designer tone to the city car’s surfaces.

The door mirrors have caps that can be finished in the same tone as the roof, or even be matched to the wheels. In this way, the personalisation options of the Up are almost unique to each customer. For example, the offbeat ‘Polygon Black’ wheels can be ordered with a ‘Fortana Red’ or a ‘Sandstorm Yellow’ finish. The wing mirrors can then be trimmed in the same tone of red or yellow to match.

This can be further embellished with a range of six side decals, plus a roof decal which reads ‘THIS SIDE Up’ (£150 RRP). There’s als a ‘Motorway’ decal that paints a road up the Up’s bonnet and over the roof. And if that striking style statements gets a bit too much, the decals can be simply removed.

The upper dashpad is available in nine different designs, which include solid colours and a ‘Pixels’ finish. The Honey Yellow 2D Pixels and the Red 2D Pixels dash designs are no-cost options, and also come with the chance to finish the seat bolsters in Honey Yellow or ‘Beam’ Black/Red cloth. In addition, the Up beats models have a unique ‘beats’ dashpad finish.

Despite the dazzling array of choice the process of selecting a complete new Up design has been simplified, with Volkswagen offering customers the chance to specify pre-defined style packs. As an example, the ‘La Boca Hot Orange’ alloy pack includes 16-inch ‘La Boca Black’ alloy wheels with a ‘Hot Orange’ finish, with ‘Hot Orange’ door mirrors and side decals. All this for £375 RRP.

The Cube White 3D design pack includes a ‘Cube White 3D’ dashpad, Black or White decals on the door panels and Black, White or Grey door mirrors. This pack costs £110 RRP. Additional design packs include Wood 3D Pixels and Pixels Savanna Gold 3D. .

Adding further fizz to the funky new Up package is the arrival of the new 90 PS turbocharged petrol engine. Available to order from Volkswagen Retailers now from £11,350 (RRP OTR), this new engine shifts the High Up and the Up beats from a standstill to 62 mph in a sprightly 9.9 seconds.

October 2018

Automated manual dropped from range

VW Up models are no longer supplied with automated manual transmissions.

October 2019

New engine for High Up!

High Up! specification now offered with 60PS 1.0-litre petrol engine.

January 2020

Volkswagen Up range updated for 2020

The refreshed Up benefits from new trim levels. The entry-level car, fitted with 15-inch ‘Fortaleza’ alloy wheels, a five-inch colour Composition screen, smartphone navigation interface and DAB radio, is now simply named Up, and is available in both three and five-door body styles.

White and Black Edition versions are also now on sale, bringing 16-inch ‘La Boca’ wheels with black or white highlights, as well as a painted roof, mirror housings and dash pads finished in the corresponding colour. The White and Black Edition models are available only in practical five-door body style. Three-door versions are reserved for the GTI and entry-level model.

The Beats specification continues in the range, identifiable by its 15-inch ‘Radial’ alloy wheels, red or black mirror housings and Beats badging. On the inside is the exclusive Beats interior, while the car’s standout 300-watt sound system includes an under-boot-floor subwoofer by the famed audio specialist.

New to the Up range for 2020 is the R-Line specification. Bringing sportier features from Volkswagen’s R sub-brand, the Up R-Line has 16-inch ‘Triangle’ Black alloy wheels as standard and 17-inch ‘Polygon’ alloy wheels optionally available, while black painted roof and door mirror housings complement the sportier styling. Front fog lights sit within the bespoke R-Line bumper, while R-Line badging completes the styling package. The Up R-Line sits squatter than the standard Up, with lowered sports suspension. In addition, the high-end R-Line receives comfort features such as heated front seats alongside electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors.

At the top of the line-up is the GTI, which returns with 17-inch ‘Oswald’ alloy wheels, GTI badging and the hallmark ‘Jacara’ checked cloth upholstery, as well as ambient lighting.

Volkswagen up! prices, fuel economy and CO2


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