The Volkswagen Up city car has received mid-life facelift and the big news is that it’s finally available with the turbocharged engine it should always have had.
Don’t get too excited, though, as this isn’t quite the Up GT everyone expected to arrive when the car first went on sale back in 2011. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit produces a relatively modest 89bhp and 118lb/ft. But there is comparatively little weight to lug around and VW claims the turbo Up produces performance akin to the original, iconic Golf GTi: a 0-62mph time of 10secs is one second off the GTi, while the top speed of 115mph is slightly faster. Combined fuel economy of 64mpg and CO2 emissions of 102g/km are obviously leagues better.
The styling has been subtly massaged with new bumpers, rear lights, rear diffuser and door mirror caps with integrated indicators. LED daytime running lights comes as standard, along with turning fog lights. Inside, there’s new seats and a choice of dashpads – just one of many elements that can be personalised.
The equipment specs have been beefed up with automatic aircon, smartphone integration and a BeatsAudio stereo. There’s even a Beats edition, featuring a specially designed 300W stereo.
Naturally aspirated 59bhp and 74bhp 1.0-litre engines are carried over from the pre-facelift Up, as is the electrically-powered e-Up. Incidentally, the car is officially called the up!, but we can’t bring ourselves to use that.
The latest Volkswagen Up goes on sale in late summer. Like-for-like prices remain the same, starting at £8,945.
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By Only Motors