Review: 2011 Volkswagen up!

Volkswagen is one auto brand that has single-handedly launched the compact car segment in the industry and insured its roaring success after years of meticulous and reliable service. the most successful German brand and the maker of one of the world’s most loved compact cars, the carmaker revealed their latest offering, the charisma and full-of-potential four-seater city specific car the 2012 up!. Launched first in the European market, the 2012 Volkswagen up! will be offered in three versions for different needs and budgets with the entry-level car being dubbed the “take up!”, the comfort-oriented version being called the “move up!” and the top version being called the “high up!” The high up! will further be offered in two independent variants called the “the up! white” and the “up! black”.

Volkswagen Up
Volkswagen Up

What does it offer?

Set to rival other popular small cars like the Toyota iQ and the Smart ForTwo, the 2012 Volkswagen up is a high mpg-delivering, low emissions causing and low priced vehicle that’s set to take the mini car segment by storm. With a perky persona, the cheap-chic urban compact vehicle with come in a four-door wagon configuration with a boxy long-wheelbase as well as a four-door version and a two-door hatchback model.

The Beauty:

Developed under the "New Small Family" car moniker, the four or five-seater hatchbacks will feature a relatively small interior space though seating would be optimized by a high off the floor body styling and seat positions. The 2012 Volkswagen up is also defined via a front-mounted powertrain that demands a longer nose though the blunt smiley-looking lower fascia seen in the concept would be replaced by a conventional bumper and a slimmed up grille stamped with a big VW logo. daytime running lights, CD player, body-colored bumpers, and 14-inch steel wheels round off the list of standard finishes on the 2012 Volkswagen up! The more up! come with power windows, air conditioning, remote central locking, and start/stop system while the high up! boasts of 15-inch alloy wheels, an infotainment system, leather-clad steering wheel, and heated front seats. The Black and White special editions of the high up! come with 16-inch alloy wheels, unique seat upholstery, and chrome mirror caps.

The Beast:

The 2012 Volkswagen up is propelled by a 1.0-L petrol engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and outputs 60 hp (44 kW). The high up! is fitted with a 1.0-liter engine outputting 75 hp (55 kW) while the three-cylinder petrol engine option fitted with BlueMotion Technology output between 44 kW and 55 kW. A 50 kW natural gas engine is also available as an engine choice with the 2012 Volkswagen up.

The Thrill:

The standard model of the Volkswagen Up! will be powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter gas engine that outputs 60-75 hp while the natural gas-propelled engine would deliver 68-75 hp. The 2012 Volkswagen up! will also come equipped by VW’s new BlueMotion Technology that boosts fuel efficiency and offers a combined fuel consumption of 54.7 mpg for the 75-bhp model and deliver 55.6 mpg for the 60-hp model. Both models will emit less than 100 g/km CO2. Other optional features like City Emergency Braking which automatically activates itself at speeds of under 30 km/h and prevents any imminent collisions via a laser sensor that detects risks will also be available.


With an unbelievable 951 liters of cargo space when the rear seat is folded up, The Volkswagen Up!’ offers a 251 liters boot when all seats are being used. A well-organized and clean layout of the 2012 Volkswagen up! allows plenty of cabin space in comparison to other cars of its segment. The interiors also come fitted with unique gadgetry like the new maps + more system developed by VW jointly with Navigon that allows easy management of all in-car infotainment systems via an intuitive touchscreen. Also fitted in crosswise in front the driver and front passenger, is an instrument pad called the Dash Pad that allows the driver to easily read the car’s performance stats.


Standing in at 3.54 meters long, 1.64 meters wide, and 1.48 meters high, the Volkswagen Up! is quite long for a small compact car and comes with a 2.42 meters wheelbase. Traditional Volkswagen styling is retained in the heavily embellished compact car though it still manages to be fitted with space-maximizing features that do not compromise the car’s beauty or functionality. Borrowing the front visage from the Volkswagen E-Up! Concept, the smiling fascia of the Up! comes with small angular-accented VW-stamped headlamps, and an aesthetically pleasing grille.

Should I buy one?

Having been remade into a front-engine/front-drive design from the rear-engine/rear-drive vehicle it was launched as in the concept stage, the 2012 Volkswagen up! is now a more cost-effective car for emerging markets, especially India, Europe, and South America. The fun-loving city-car aims at the concrete-and-tarmac clad terrains of the future and comes packed with features that families living in metropolitan areas require in their daily commute vehicle.

Price and availability:

The 2012 Volkswagen up! is currently available for order at prices starting from £7,995 in the United Kingdom with deliveries beginning around spring of 2012.

Industry buzz:

Top Speed says,

(The Volkswagen Up!) is a smiling, fun-loving, economical city car that will net you plenty of mileage and provide state-of-the-art technology for compact vehicles.
Volkswagen says,

In launching the up!, Volkswagen has not only put a new car in motion; at the same time, it has also remixed the parameters of financing. A new financing model with highly flexible configuration options offers up! buyers greater financial freedom.
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Volkswagen Up
Volkswagen up, revealed at 2011 Frankfurt Motor show

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