This week, in Now Engine, we have between hands a utility very flirtatious from Germany. we Tested the Volkswagen up! in the exclusive finishing Beats, which is associated with the maximum torque of the engine 1.0 MPI three-cylinder with 75 HP. Volkswagen is one of the brands that touch nearly “all the sticks”, from utilities like this up! a big SUV like the Touareg also by the segment of the pick-up truck with the Amarok, without forgetting the legendary Golf, Passat and Polo.
The Volkswagen up! is the smallest model and economic of brand German, but do not think that this is their worst product. The Volkswagen up! came to the market in 2011 and after 700.000 units sold in Geneva motor show 2016, was presented an update that landed in our dealers during the past summer. Do your rivals? The more direct will be the Toyota Aygo, Fiat 500, the Seat Mii or the Mitsubishi Space Star. Can you guide us to discover all its details and behavior?
Despite the fact that the Volkswagen up! it is not a car so eye-catching and refined stylistically speaking as the Fiat 500, this finish Beats next to the sunroof optional in our drive to make the small urbanite personality.
front design we can remember to an electric vehicle for their few inlets, but no, this car uses engine heat, although there is the option of purchasing the Volkswagen e-up!. In this position we also see the mirrors in high-gloss black. The logo of Volkswagen, has a large size and a line chrome communicates with the headlights. Below you will find the rounded optical anti-fog that also make the lighting function on the curve. In the lowest part of the bumper there is a small lip that puts a dash of sportiness to the front.
move and the side view you can see that we are in the body of five doors. The central pillar is not used by the body color, but a tone glossy black that brings elegance. In the lower part of the doors we can see some dynamic lines of vinyl in black and white colors. This finish brings with it, of series, the tires of 15 inches that we see in the images. In the rear highlight the rear glass, which serves as a tailgate, as in the Toyota Aygo. Again the logo of Volkswagen appears in large dimensions. Forget about to find the exhaust pipe, is very camouflaged in the low.
it deceives Us, it is bigger than it seems
we have Already commented that the Volkswagen up! was updated in 2016, although there was a generational change; therefore the external dimensions are nearly identical, varying slightly with the shape of the bumper. So, its dimensions 3.60 metres long, of 1.64 wide and 1.50 high. Its wheelbase is kept, with 2.4 metres. As you can see, the wheels are virtually at the four corners of this German model of the segment, allows you to make the most of their exterior dimensions to the cabin.
The squares front allow a habitability loose, but as this is a car of this category will seem that we are too close to our companion. However, the solar roof let it go light if you open your curtain is manual, which increases the visual perception of amplitude. The fastening of the seating is pretty decent for the average of the segment.
here rear seats. This utility is approved for four people, which seems quite logical. If the driver is not a person of great height, the fit of your seat to leave space for a person of 1.75 meters enjoy space for the knees. Although it does not reach the level of Hyundai i10, the dimension of height is very good and there will be no big problems with the width. In summary we can say that its interior is good for being a car of this size.
The boot will also not be anything wrong. When you open the gate, forgiveness, glass of the boot, we seem to have a size too small, but what is certain is that they have a double bottom, very large, so that directly we could remove the tray separation of both holes. In total cubic 251 litres, which is a volume generous and similar to the average of the segment B of a few years ago. Of the best in the segment A. by folding the second row of seats will be extended to 959 litres. At the bottom of this trunk, we will find a repair kit for punctures and a subwoofer that comes in the finish Beats.
An interior with a lot of quality
The small Volkswagen will highlight in this field, though don’t expect materials cushioned or large touch screens. The finish Beats brings with it a beautiful contrasts of colors with black-and-white in addition to the tone of the body in the upper part of the doors, in this case the Red Tornado. In addition to this game of colors, it will call our attention to an element that makes the times of support for the mobile, so we can tie it off, and that any GPS application to guide us to our destination, since no account with web browser.
Just below we have the controls for the air conditioning (nor does it have climate control) and some buttons as the heating for the front seats. Immediately after is a small digital display but without touch operation that will manage the audio and some other system more. Yes we have missed an exit of central air in this area. In the lower area of the dashboard are a few large and practical space slide, which counteracts the the absence of a central armrest with hollow in its interior.
dashboard is dominated by a huge dial for the speed. Personally I would have preferred a speedometer smaller and a larger surface area for the rev counter, since that seems to be something small. In the low area and central location the browser onboard with typical data consumption, autonomy, trip meter, etc
For its part, the steering wheel presents a design very common to the rest of models of Volkswagen, but in this case, part of its surface receives the color white. Your regulation can only be done in height and not in depth, a negative point, although in the brand enables them to be comforted that virtually any model in this segment offers adjustment in depth. The safety belt does not allow the regulation.
One of the things I have liked about this Volkswagen up! in the finish Beats are their seats. Your aesthetics may like more or less, having heard opinions from both ends these days. What cannot be denied is his achieved comfort and the high quality of your upholstery, with alcantara on the sides and at the headrest integrated. The driver has regulation, longitudinal, tilt, and also height, although for the latter you have to pay a surcharge of 85 euro. In addition, they are heated if we choose the package winter (385 euros).
1.0 MPI 75 CV
we Opened the hood and there we expect a vain of contained dimensions. In him is found the engine 1.0 MPI three-cylinder and kw with 12 valves. Develops 75 CV that appear at 6,200 rpm and 95 Nm between 3,000 and 4,300 rpm. To be an engine without a supercharger, the engine torque is not very high and are located at higher revs.
This three-cylinder is not looking for sportiness, although, according to the data of approval, you can launch the up! until the 172 km/h. It may not be a very short line, as they simply go from 0 to 100 km/h you need to 13,5 seconds. In any case, if the use will be almost always in the city, it will be enough. consumption approved is 4.1 litres 100 km and emits 101 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
The finish Beats requires us to equip this driver 1.0 75 CV associated with the manual change of five speeds, although in two other finishes (“Move up!” and “High up”) we can choose between a version 60 HP or a mechanical 90 HP with supercharging, which will give more life to this utility when we abandon the city. There is also an option for a change automatic ASG five marches and to a variant that can work with CNG as a fuel, delivering 68 HP.
Smoothness and efficiency, but low response
Driving the Volkswagen up! in town is a true delight. Its contained dimensions allow us to circulate through narrow streets, as you see in the images, without any problem when vehicles segment C would open to us a deep cold sweat. Another advantage is that not be missed the rear view camera or the parking sensors, because that park will be a breeze even in small recesses. We must also highlight the soundproofing-general of the interior, where the just will engine noise, rolling or aerodynamic
I have to say that, typically, this type of vehicles have a set up of the suspension too soft, which is not always a comfortable thing. With this car you don’t notice rebounds excessive in the typical bumps that populate our cities and neither is inclined excessively your body when we feed the rhythm. The balance is hardly disappointing, as without being soft neither comes to be dry. In addition, rolling autobahn (very far away from their natural habitat) transmits a poise similar to that of cars of around 4 meters.
If we move through a fast track, and it does not have unevenness, the Volkswagen up! do not complain too to the rhythms of the law, with a consumption of 120 km/h which will be about the 6.2-liter. The problem comes when we face any slope by slight it may be, because we will lose speed and have to resort to the change, which will increase the fuel consumption. The recoveries will be very slow and is that, as we have already said, if we’re going to go out usually the city better to bet on another version with the 1.0 TSI 90 HP. The average consumption of the test has been of 6 litres per 100 as indicated by the box of instruments.
For its part, the direction with a large attendance, which will be a very favourable point in urban terrain, although you will lose some feeling in fast tracks. Notwithstanding this, it is very accurate and not force us to make constant corrections on the steering wheel in fast cornering.
After reviewing thoroughly how is this Volkswagen up!, the time comes to leave, saying farewell to the test, but before recapitularemos the key points this utility from the manufacturer of the “people’s car”.
This Volkswagen up! it is a car that I liked quite a bit, and that, for size and behavior, is positioned as one of the options of the segment with better overall finish. The edition Beats brings a plus of differentiation, more in the interior than in the exterior. To highlight the good adjustments of the interior, the smoothness of operation and the low consumption of its propellant, the comfort offered by the suspension and its good habitability.
the Less we liked the delivery of power to the motor, which is scarce as we left the city, the long developments of the case changes that detract from agility and penalize to gain speed freely, as well as the absence of the climate control series at this high level of finish, or the central armrest. We know that it is a car of small dimensions, but we consider that it should not exist in the absence of these two small details when our unit we tested costs 16.765 euros according to the configurator of the brand.
Equipment of the Volkswagen up!
- halogen Headlamps and LED daytime running lights
- three-spoke steering Wheel
- Airbag for driver and front passenger
- Brakes front ventilated disc
- trip Computer
- Windows front electric
- 4 light-alloy wheels “radial” 5,5 J x 15
- Upholstered seats in fabric, design “dots”
- sound System “beats”, 6 speakers, digital amplifier 8 channels, subwoofer and 300 watts of total power
- Radio “Composition Phone”
- Support Smartphone
- Antinieblas front lighting curve
- 4 light-alloy wheels “radial” 5,5 J x 15
Prices Volkswagen up! in Spain
|1.0 MPI 60 CV||Manual 5V||Move up!||10.010 €|
|1.0 MPI 75 CV||Manual 5V||Move up!||12.650 €|
|1.0 MPI 60 CV||Auto 5V||Move up!||13.340 €|
|1.0 MPI 75 CV||Auto 5V||Move up!||13.970 €|
|1.0 MPI 60 CV||Manual 5V||High up!||12.830 €|
|1.0 MPI 75 CV||Manual 5V||High up!||13.460 €|
|1.0 MPI 60 CV||Auto 5V||High up!||14.150 €|
|1.0 MPI 75 CV||Auto 5V||High up!||14.780 €|
|1.0 TSI 90 HP||Manual 5-V||High up!||14.190 €|
|1.0 CNG 68 CV||Manual 5-V||High up!||15.680 €|
|1.0 MPI 75 CV||Manual 5V||Beats||15.010 €|
the Opinion of the editor
- Smoothness of operation and isolation
- Good habitability for this segment
- Little response to you hit the road
- Developments too long
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