Volkswagen has confirmed the all-new three-door Volkswagen Up! city car will be joined before the end of next year by a more practical five-door version.

The announcement comes as little surprise after the five-door Cross Up! Concept was unveiled at last month’s 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and sister company Skoda last week revealed its own version of the compact model – called the Skoda Citigo – would go on sale early next year in both three- and five-door layouts.

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the Up! will arrive in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2012. The three-door variant is expected to launch with a starting price below $15,000 before on-road costs, undercutting the light-sized Polo.

The five-door Cross Up! Concept at Frankfurt had an off-road theme, emphasised by its 15mm-boosted ride height, tougher front bumper plate and plastic wheel arch surrounds. The production model will drop the tough-guy act and adopt a similar clean design and the same standard suspension setup as the three-door.

Volkswagen is yet to officially confirm the Up! five-door’s powertrain details, although it will almost certainly utilise the same 44kW and 55kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine tunes to be offered in the three-door. The most frugal Up! three-door models will use as little as 4.2 litres/100km on the combined cycle when teamed with start-stop technology.

The five-door’s interior will benefit from the same body colour metal styling, simplistic instrument layout and dashboard-mounted touchscreen.

More details will be revealed in the coming months in the lead-up to the global launch of the Volkswagen Up!, which will take place in Europe early next year.




  • Sonic

    Every time the word “Up!” is used, I always think it’s the end of the sentence. VW are hampering my grammar skills.

  • Yeti Man

    A nice city car, I wonder if it has more interior space than the Honda Jazz.

  • Jacob

    While it looks better than Suzuki Alto, it doesnt look good like Polo or Amarok.

  • Mr Gaspo

    Odd that this practical efficient car has a name that would be better suited to a sexy coupe or high performance road rocket. Maybe it is compensating a bit. In any case, this looks like it’s going to be a hit.

  • Frank

    The Jazz comment is very appropriate. This car is just ugly enough to compete with the even uglier Honda Jazz – and I mean that in the best way possible.

    It it definitely a car about function over fashion. I am sure its ability to be safe makes the Hyundai Getz look like a vehicle built from a sheet of aluminum foil and for that the Up! could be really interesting.

    If VW can keep the price right and make enough of them, the Up! could really offer a very interesting option especially for an urban run-about.

    • Jonno Smith

      @ Frank
      Honda Jazz “…even uglier”. Wow! May I know from which Italian Auto design house you come from? Pininfarina, ItalDesign or Bertone?
      Styling is subjective, mate! What’s meat to us may be poison to you but you’re letting your subjective opinion hang too far out!
      Honda’s styling is timeless classic – look at the various website catering to auto tuning and style. EFs, EGs, EKs Civics, Integras, Preludes, CRXs being featured & kept in mint condition long after they had gone out of production.
      The 1st Gen Jazz may be juvenile, a bit cutesy probably due to Honda’s stupid TV ad mimicking Thomas the Tank. But the 2nd Gen Jazz is a futuristic looker much like the UK-made Honda Civic Hatchback & Type-R Coupe. It’s a potential timeless classic in the distant future.
      Honda Jazz is the best looker in the light class category with incredible functionality (space & utility). The recent facelift improved the looks even better. VW Polo is the next best looker with it’s understated conservative looks. Mazda 2 & Ford Fiesta maybe the design flavour of the moment but their styling may render them dated if the universal design language changes. Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language now already starting to look dated after the epic i45/Sonata launch.