Things looking up for VW

22 January 2020

VOLKSWAGEN has effectively re-invented its smallest city car, with a raft of style and safety features, plus an enhanced driving range for the all-electric version.

The improvements to the diminutive up! model coincide with the reintroduction of the GTI version and a new entry-level version costing from £12,440.

The newcomer is also the first model in the extensive Volkswagen range to get the new VW badge that will become a recognisable emblem for the new decade.

The new level of standard kit includes a multifunction camera with lane assist, curtain airbags and a smartphone integration cradle.

The latest GTI version keeps its 115bhp one-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, the GTI is pretty nippy, with a 0-60mph time of just 8.8 seconds. The other petrol engine option is the more lowly 60bhp version of the same unit, plus an improved pure-electric version with a significantly increased range of 160 miles.

The entry-level version of the up! now comes with distinctive 15-inch alloy wheels, a five-inch colour composition screen, smartphone navigation interface and DAB radio.

It is also being offered in a choice of three and five-door body styles.

White and Black Edition versions are added, bringing 16-inch La Boca wheels with black or white highlights, plus a painted roof, mirror housings and dash pads finished in the corresponding colour. The White and Black Edition models are offered only in the five-door body style, whilst three-door versions are reserved for the GTI and entry-level model.

The Beats version continues in the range, identified by its 15-inch Radial alloy wheels, red or black mirror housings and Beats badging. On the inside is the distinctive Beats interior, while the car’s booming 300-watt sound system includes a subwoofer beneath the boot floor.

New to the range for 2020 is the R-Line specification with sportier features including 16-inch Triangle black alloy wheels and 17-inch Polygon alloy wheels as an option, plus an optional black painted roof and door mirror housings. Front fog lights sit within the R-Line bumper, while R-Line badging completes the styling package. The R-Line model also gets lowered sports suspension plus heated front seats and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors.

At the top of the pile is the GTI, which returns with 17-inch Oswald alloy wheels, GTI badging and checked cloth upholstery, as well as ambient lighting.

The GTI is offered in both three and five-door body styles, with prices of up to £16,295.