Mike Stevens | Sep 18, 2012

Volkswagen's lilliputian Up city car has hit Australia this week, creating a new $13,990 (plus on-roads) entry point into the German carmaker's line-up.

Officially in showrooms from October 6, the Up slips in beneath the light Polo hatch, re-priced earlier this year with a new $16,990 base model.

The Up will be offered in Australia with three- and five-door options, one trim level, and one tiny three-cylinder engine.

 

Engines

Power for the Up is provided by a 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine, producing 55kW and 95Nm of torque.

Mated to a five-speed manual transmission only, the Up's fuel use is listed at a low 4.9 l/100km (but runs on 95RON premium unleaded only) with a claimed 0-100km/h sprint of 13.2 seconds.

 

Features and Dimensions

Standard features in the Up include 14-inch steel wheels and a full-size spare, air conditioning, power windows, heated front seats and height-adjustable steering, and six-speaker MP3-compatible audio.

There's only the one trim grade, but there is more than a few options available.

Among them is the $500 Maps and More pack, a portable display that plugs into the top of the dash and can be used away from the vehicle.

Maps and More offers satellite navigation, audio and Bluetooth streaming, a trip computer and a 32gb music storage drive.

For $600, the Comfort Drive Pack adds cruise control and rear parking sensors, while the $2500 Comfort Style Pack adds 15-inch alloy wheels.

Metallic or pearl paint is available for $500, and a panoramic sunroof can be added for $1400.

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Standard safety features include City Emergency Braking - a first for the sub-light city-car segment - along with front and front-side airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and brake assist, hill hold assist and seatbelt reminders all-round.

While the Up's engine provides very little poke, this new 'veedub' is also a very little car. Measuring 3540mm long and riding on a 2420mm wheelbase, the Up is down on the Polo by 524mm and 36mm respectively.

At 1641mm wide, there is only seating for four occupants inside, but the cabin offers one advantage over the Polo: a 20mm-higher roofline.

The Up also gives little away to the Polo when it comes to rear storage capacity, its 251 litres (seats up) falling short of the bigger hatch by just 10 litres. Folding the seats flat gets you a decent 951 litres.

 

Pricing

In Australia, the Up will compete with the diminutive Suzuki Alto, the Holden Barina Spark and the Nissan Micra.

Classified as light cars in Australia, these offerings are generally smaller than 'the usual suspects', such as the Toyota Yaris, the Suzuki Swift and Volkswagen's own Polo.

  • Up Three-door manual - $13,990
  • Up Five-door manual - $14,990

Note: prices exclude on-road costs.

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