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Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review

The Volkswagen Up! has finally arrived in Australia with a starting price of $13,990. Will this city-friendly and European-focused sub-light car have any real impact on our market or will it fizzle out like other micro three-cylinder cars have done in the past?

It may be the first car in the world with a ‘!’ in its name, which makes it sound like the latest smartphone from a Korean copycat factory, but the Volkswagen Up! is by no means a gimmick or a toy car. It’s a serious and original contender that heads Volkswagen’s efforts against the increasing number of sub-light cars that are surely but slowly gaining traction in our market.

In Europe, cars as small as the Volkswagen Up! are the answer to city congestion and limited parking. Over there, micro cars are bought by men and women, without fear of social judgment. Although we share similar road issues as our European friends, Australians are generally reluctant to go for cars as small as the Up!. Mainly because they are seen as girly and generally not suited to our apparent “outdoor” way of life.

The reality, of course, is very different. We don’t frequent the outdoors very often (if at all) and the Up! is not girly but any measure. Volkswagen has deliberately designed the Up! not to be cutesy or overtly feminine (a hard task given the car’s size). It’s just ‘happy’, thanks to its anime-style wide smiling mouth at the front. It’s also relatively practical and likely to suit the needs of the many, despite its small size.

Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review

Sit behind the wheel and the Volkswagen family look is instantly obvious. Be it the overuse of black or the stereo system controls, it’s very similar to Polo, which itself is Golf-like. However, there’s also a lot lacking from the cheapest Volkswagen in the range.

There’s no soft-touch plastics to be felt and unlike the Polo and Golf, there’s an instant feeling that the Up! was engineered for a much tighter budget. The driver’s door, for example, has no controls for the passenger window (cheaper not to run an additional wire and switchgear). The rear window on the five-door doesn’t go down, but pushes out to open (slightly). There are no audio controls on the steering wheel, no USB input, no standard Bluetooth connectivity, very small screen for the stereo and the list goes on.

Priced $3,000 less the base model manual Polo, the Up! is Volkswagen’s answer to a budget conscious buyer looking for a city runabout with style and brand kudos. It’s offered in both three and five-door configurations. There’s no doubt that the Volkswagen badge and the Up!’s generally good looks will help distinguish it from the ever-reliable but somewhat bland Nissan Micra and Suzuki Alto.

Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review

The main challenge Volkswagen will face with potential Up! customers is a lack of an automatic transmission. All current Australian-delivered Volkswagen Up!’s priming for sale, come the 6th of October, will be equipped with a five-speed manual only. As to when an automatic variant will arrive is still uncertain and likely to be more than 12 months away. Given the target market of city dwellers spending time in urban, traffic-riddled environments, lack of an automatic transmission may prove a challenge.

All those things aside, for what it is, the Volkswagen Up! is a brilliant car. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is far more responsive than you’d think. With a power output of just 55kW accompanied by 95Nm of torque, the little Up! gets up and going briskly and hardly feels out of breath. When it gets a little hilly, you’ll start to count to kW and drop down a few gears to keep things rolling but for the generally flat city environment, it’s not lacking in the power department. On a related note, the manual gearbox is smooth and funx to use. Fuel usage is officially 4.9L/100km but expect that to rise to around the low to mid 6s in the real world.

The Up! is bit like the Tardis from Doctor Who. It’s much bigger inside than it looks. The impressive use of space has resulted in a comfortable and practical cabin. Measuring nearly half a meter shorter than the Volkswagen Polo, the Up! is surprisingly not cramped inside. You can, genuinely, fit four adults in the five-door without hassle and can certainly give it a good go in the three-door. The boot can take the weekly shopping without fail and if you happen to frequent at ikea, the ability to fold the rear seats and fit items as long as 2M inside is very handy.

Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review

Build quality is typical Volkswagen, sturdy and well put together. In fact, the Volkswagen Up! is actually built at the same Slovakian factory that makes the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, so you can almost suggest the quality control is up to Porsche standards.

Then there’s the Up!’s driving dynamics, which leave its competition far, far behind. Around the outskirts of Melbourne, we pushed the Up! hard into corners and found it behaved amicably. The tiny 14-inch steel rims do their best to defy the laws of physics while the well-tuned suspension provides a great balance between a sporty ride and a comfortable daily commuter. Steering is also rather good, precise, responsive and without much play. The steering wheel itself feels too big for the car and depending on how you have it positioned (no telescopic adjustment), it can potentially block parts of the instrument cluster.

Then there’s the price. $13,990 for a Volkswagen is pretty good, no matter what planet you’re from. You may think that it lacks a great deal of standard features, such as Bluetooth and USB connectivity, but lets put things into perspective. Firstly, Volkswagen will option out an integrated satellite navigation system for $500.

This connects the SatNav unit (which mounts on the dash) and the Up! via a direct and proprietary link and also happens to add integrated Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming functionality in the same package. It can also act as a trip computer, giving you advice on your driving style to minimize fuel usage. Not bad for $500 and it almost defeats the purpose of needing a USB port for music as wireless audio streaming (offered by any smartphone or iPod touch made in the last few years) does a better job.

Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review

Then there are things like reverse parking sensors and cruise control, which can be optioned for all of $600. So really, add $1,100 to the price of your Up! and all of a sudden you’ve got full Bluetooth audio capabilities, an integrated satellite navigation system, parking sensors and cruise control. That makes a far more compelling package. But wait, there’s more.

The party piece here is Volkswagen’s city emergency braking system, a first for this segment. Essentially, it uses lasers to detect cars in front and assist the driver in avoiding low speed accidents. It may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, but we can assure you it’s real and available on a car for less than $14,000. It works at speeds under 30km/h and can see cars and large obstacles up to 10m infront.

If the vehicle infront suddenly brakes and you’re too busy playing with the fancy satellite navigation system to notice, it will initially prime the brakes and get the car preperaed for your delayed brake input, but if you’re really slow to the party, it will eventually apply braking force automatically to limit the severity of the accident and potentially avoid it altogether. These systems are now common in high-end vehicles, but to have it standard across the Up! range is impressive and certainly an achievement for $13,990.

The Volkswagen Up! is the new benchmark in the sub-light segment. It offers style, sophistication, a maximum five-star EuroNCAP safety rating, auto-braking features, satellite navigation with Bluetooth audio and telephone connectivity as well as parking sensors and cruise control all for around the $15,000 mark. It just happens to provide excellent driving dynamics as well. Not to mention a spacious, comfortable and relatively classy cabin for the price.

Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review
Volkswagen Up! Review

It’s hard to the find any major faults with the Up! for the money. If it was offered with an automatic transmission, there’s no doubt that its success in Australia would almost be assured. In the mean time, if you’ve got about $15,000 to spend, don’t mind driving a manual and looking for a city-car or a second car to drive to the shops and back, do yourself a favour and check out the Volkswagen Up! when it hits showrooms in October.

Volkswagen Up! manufacturer’s list prices:

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

Options:

  • Metallic/Pearl effect paint – $500
  • Maps + More portable infotainment device – $500
  • Panoramic electric glass roof – $1400
  • Comfort drive package – $600
  • Comfort style package – $2500


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  • Phil

    Reminds me of the late Daihatsu Charade from about a decade ago. Timeless styling, I guess.

  • Kampfer

    No auto will hurt sales big time in Australia. Personally I don’t mind a fully option 3 doors. Just under $20k + orc  as a personal city transport. With panoramic roof and other features don’t see in this price point it’s a nice little car.

    • Zaccy16

      I would rather that they don’t have a auto becauae instead of the one clutch auto overseas they might have put in a horrible 4 speed auto like the alto! which has a 0-100 time of more than 16 seconds and even longer with more than one person and luggage on board!

      • carbine

         Manual would be my first choice in pretty much anything under 2.0 litres… but I’d take a conventional planetary gearset/torque converter auto any day over any of the stupid, expensive, fragile, unreliable and too-damn-smart-for-their-own-good single/dual clutch automatics (yes, I know all the wankers out there are going to start saying that they’re really manual gearboxes – like they think they’re shifting gears and disengaging the clutch themselves….).

        • Zaccy16

          manual would be my first choice too, but modern cars with less than 2.0 with 6-7 speed autos are good but anything less than that is not enough eg. 4 speed auto

        • Deano305

          DSG is not offered in the Up! Overseas, it has some new Electric Auto or something. 

          • Golfschwein

            It’s one automated clutch, as opposed to two. And not much chop, apparently.

    • Noel

       Agree, no auto will hurt sales in Australia.  I’m not a Volkswagen fan at all but I have to say these should walk out the door and finally an options list mere mortals can afford.

      • Norm

        Overseas reviews say the auto is horrible anyway. If character is this cars strength then being a manual is probably a big part of that.

        On paper it reads like a true successor to the original Beetle. A cheap little car with lots of character. That car resonated all over the world. I wonder if a car with 55kw in 2012 will do the same? Europeans seem to find small engines endearing..:)My only negative on what looks a great package is piano black on the dash. Whyyyyyyy!? 

  • Greenroom

    Toyota Starlet with bling. Good effort I guess. The Skoda version should beat it.

  • Karl Sass

    People should really learn to drive manual, too many lazy drivers around. I can see lots of young girls getting one of these as their first car, only to go and put a tank of 91 octane in it.

    • Zaccy16

      Very good point Karl, i personally enjoy driving manuals, you feel more involved with the drive!

    • Homer

      So how are you meant you hold your smoke, iPhone, sip coffee, tailgate and check your hair and lippy in the mirror AND change gears at the same time?

      • Karl Sass

        Don’t worry, they can still do all those things. Women can multi task.

        • Golfschwein

          Ah, but I saw some brain scanning images in a conference presentation recently, Karl, that puts that myth to bed! :) You see, they think they can and they say they can and they give it a red hot go, but the colours of the scan were like lorikeets’ vomit compared to a simple bloke concentrating on one task. We’re all the same, we can only do one thing at a time. Girls will simply allocate lots of very short time periods for one thing at a time. Hey, so this expert reckoned, anyway :)

          • Homer

            Golfy not true “allocate lots of short time periods for one thing at a time”. My wife allocates very long periods of time (hours!) talking on the phone

          • JamesB

            Girls who smoke are turn-offs.

          • Karl Sass

            I guess the coffee will have to wait.

    • Golfschwein

      Oh, too true! Not to mention the optional servicing. I knew a girl (a 40 year old one) who bought a brand new New Beetle convertible for 45-ish, then ran it for 45,000 km without a single service. Another did something similar to a Ford Focus and the motor seized. And ANOTHER is doing the same with a Hyundai Getz, and I can kinda imagine how that’s going to end up as well. 

      I appreciate it when salesmen describe a car as ‘one lady owner’, as it handily tells me to avoid it.

      • Mike

        Hilarious. But didn’t they notice the warning lights in the dash? Must have looked like Christmas.

        • Karl Sass

          Warning light doesn’t cut it. Needs to squirt some water in their face, standard feature lol

        • MattW

          I’ve seen female friends post up pics of warning lights on Facebook…
          “what is it?”
          “do I need to do anything?”
          “this light won’t go away do i just covered it over so i don’t see it”

          • Igomi Watabi

            Ah, misogyny. The comments section just gets better and better.

    • Mr Irony

      And none of this sissy synchromesh either. Real drivers know the joy of double-declutching a crash box. Karl would have to agree.

  • F1

    So it’s 15k without on road cost and with absolutely no options.. 

    So expect the price to easily exceed 20k

    –Too much for the Volkswagen Up!

    • Kd

      Its $13,990 without ORC and no options.

      Can’t you read?

      • Eric V

        F is correct in suggesting that with the ORC and options the price will easily exceed 20K.

        $13,990 without ORC and no options sounds enticing, but you can’t buy a car without ORC and without the options in the Up! it’s a bare-bones car and who wants that?

        • Mike

          Me. I would take the options suggested by the review and be done.

        • Phil

          Why can’t you buy this without options?

          - Parking sensors….ummm this is a tiny car, why would you need them?
          - Cruise control…..this is a city car – who is going to use cruise control in city streets?
          - Sat-Nav – this is a car for short trips, who is going to need sat nav?
          - Sunroof…..ummm barely any cars under $50K have one and there sure as hell are no cars under $20K with a standard sunroof. Why the hell would you expect one on a $13,990 car?

          Plus even if you did get all those options and it cost $20K….well what other car can you get with all that for less money?

        • Craighazell

          try the VW page and actually GET a price!

          3dr for me?
          $17500thats with no options drive away.
          so :p
          well under 20K with anything Id want to add to it

      • lord of darkness

        my chery j1 at least has window controls on the drivers door ,alloy wheels and a usb stereo,even if it s a crappy stereo,it still has 6 speakers and its a 4 door hatch with a 4 cyl engine.yeh yeh blah blah,unsafe chinese car etc etc,its not that bad if you only drive it to work and round town,oh yes and I got it for $9990 drive away with trade it cost me $6000 for a new car with more gear than the vw.if the chinese can do it why cant any other company? and no my car was not affected by the recent recall before you mention that too.This vw upshould have drive away pricing at this small car level,because customers like me would rather have a cheap warrantied new car than a second hand piece of s…t.

        • Zaccy16

          Used car would be so much better than that chinese rubbish! even VW haters would spend the extra on the up not to have a chery!

          • lord of darkness

            obviously you havent had a look at them,millions of chinese dont have an issue with them,the build quality is the same as a 97 swift i had and with abs and 2 airbags it would have been top of the safety list  5 yrs ago

          • carbine

            BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!
            My Ford Laser cost me $750, won Wheels Car of the Year in 1981, had the build quality of a 1977 Corolla and would have been top of the safety list 35 years ago… BEAT THAT!

          • Zaccy16

            wow the same build quality as a 15 year old car! that is amazing!

          • Mr Irony

            You mean 35 year old car?

        • O123

          Doesn’t your car also contain asbestos?

          • lord of darkness

            seems like you have trouble reading,i said that my car wasnt affected by the recall,the chery j1 dosent have the asbestos problem like the others.Anyway,how many years have cars had this stuff in the gaskets and brake pads anyway.the amount in the other cars is hardly worth worrying with anyway,people like you piss me off because people are stuck in theyre ways and wont try something different .I dont buy my cars to please other people,I buy them because they suit my needs.Some of the second hand cars I lokked at for the price of mine were just crap with 80 to 100000km on them.the fact is Chery is one of the biggest car makers in china and australia is only a small part of the market they sell in.According to the public there are only ford ,holden and toyota on sale here.

          • Zaccy16

            Thats because its built in china thats why the chines buy it! like no one overseas would buy commodores as much as we do

          • vladimir

            I would not buy Chery car, but you are soooooooo right that the avaradge Aussies car buyer is close minded when it comes to other car brands. BTW I drive a Skoda Yeti 4×4 diesel and love it.

          • lord of darkness

            no ,try doing some research first before you bag out something

          • Zaccy16

            didnt you get the asbestos warning sticker put on you chery?

        • carbine

          Thanks for your insight, LofD… unfortunately that’s not really an option here in Victoria. The Chery J1 is not allowed to be sold here. Something to do with it not meeting minimum safety requirements.

          • matt

            oh that idiot proof feature that makes sure you dont loose it if you dont drive to the conditions…. imagine that… being standard in victoria… hahaha

          • carbine

             Have you seen how us Melbournians “drive”?

          • lord of darkness

            dosent have esc  thats why,how many other cars dont have it?

        • zej

           I’m going to “like” that comment, because you actually paid someone money for a Chery J1… and publicly admitted it.

          • lord of darkness

            not every one has a huge budget to get into a new car,for me the chery was a way into a warrantied car for a little money,its fine if you only use it for a work car as I do,how many people said hyundais were cheap rubbish when they came out?now there actually desirable cars.

          • zej

            Desireable cars? Compared to what? Ok…. forget I asked….

          • T_A

            Huyndai lifted their game because the Australian public woke up and realised they were cheap rubbish.  Huyndai’s built quality is a lot better than it was in the late 90s / early 00s. BTW, I still would not buy one.

    • Kampfer

      $13,990/$14,990 + $500 + $500 + $1400 + $600 + $2500 = $19490/$20490 + orc. I think it’s not a bad for the price given the equipment.

  • Car2012

    How come the Up!, a newly developed car does not provide curtain air bags, but yet Suzuki Alto, Nissan Mirca, Honda Jazz & i20 does??? So I disagreed with the Up! being a benchmark and offering “sophistication”. Very disappointing from VW.

    • F1

      Cost cutting..

      I know who’ll buy these in droves, the Chinese, they love anything VW. 

      • Keya

        actually the chinese love the stuff you can’t afford, they’re nouveau riche now, like their cultural traditions since centuries ago,

        you love sweet and sour pork,

        • Keya

          ie they’ll buy LV GG CC bags, BMWs and Audis, they’re smart enough to buy a camry over any VW “mate”

          • Fg23

             Chinese buy VWs in droves.

    • Kd

      Yet it gets a 5 star safety rating that the Micra doesn’t get.

      The side airbags extend up higher than the usual ones, offering protection for the head.

      • Dk

        Too bad for the rear passengers though.

      • F1MotoGP

        To be fair, much of the difference between the Up’s score and the Micra’s score is due to the Up having more seatbelt reminders.

  • yay

    no air con vents in mid console, and no wind down window for 5 door?  

    • Captain Nemo®™

       Well said mate.   No wind down rear windows is a joke seeing VeeDud’s A/C is the most woeful & weak failure prone A/C in the business.  Like Grandma with asthma breathing on you.

      • Zaccy16

        Weakest hey? well my polo tsi’s climate control is the best ac in a car ive ever had with great fan speed levels and face level air vents, its better than my 2005 mazda 6, territory i used to own, mazda 3 i used to own and the list goes on!

        • Michael Lock

          You must have the exception, I tagged along with a girlfriend of mine test driving SUV’s (RAV4, Tiguan & Outback), we both commented on how woeful the VW a/c was.
          We drove all cars on the same hot Perth summer day from late morning to mid arvo (VW was first in the late morning!!!), we had it on full and it just couldn’t cool the car down during a 30 minute test drive…useless.
          We then took the Toyota, as expected ice cold. Then the Outback in the mid afternoon peak of heat and even without rear console vents it had the cabin cool within 5 minutes, top effort considering.
          Maybe, me and captain nemo just scored duds but I think you may have the exception to the norm.

          • Legnab

            I have owned  a liberty and golfs , not just test drives and i can tell you both are excellent air cons , quick coolers .

          • Michael Lock

            I was not expecting this Tiguan HVAC to be bad, as I always thought VW had great HVAC systems. You would expect this since their vehicles are sold in countries with very harsh climates like ours e.g. Middle East, Asia & Africa.

          • yay

            same here, while their a/c are working all right except occasional puddle in the cabin (probably not all right to some), they’re rubbish compared with, say, a honda. 

            in my opinion the a/c doesn’t matter much though as the up! is marketed more like a gadget to people who “want one now(!)”  You know that mindset, if it’s cool, they’ll find reasons to tell others it’s great.

          • Zaccy16

            Maybe that tiguan was a one off

          • Homer

            I live in Qld have a C series Benz and a Tiguan. No difference in air con performance. If you couldn’t cool the car in 30 minutes the air con was either faulty or mmmmm you didn’t have it switched on.

          • George

            30 minutes? Most day-to-day driving trips would take less time.

          • Legnab

            My guess is your right, not switched on , or the temp dial was on 35c , blind .

          • Vladimir

            Strange
            about the AC in Tiguan, I drove one in Europe and no issue. I drive Skoda Yeti
            here in Oz. (basically the same car) and it cools the car very quickly even
            after it has been in the sun and feels like an oven at first. See Jeremy Clarkson’s
            video.

      • Legnab

        Sapper nemo , tell us why the VE crummerdore had such horrendous problems with their air cons on hot days , so bad that it just stopped completely , dealers answer wait 10mins then restart , great when its 40c .

        Lots of unhappy punters with that fiasco .

        • Captain Nemo®™

           More fairy tales hey Bungle never heard of it. And i have had Commodores as hire cars and never had a problem with the A/C on hot days.  Same with Falcons & Camrys never a problem.  VeeDud just can’t do A/C as well as Japanese/Aussies or Koreans.

          • Legnab

            ZERO i know of 3 reps who were first of the ranks in 2007 with the dreaded air con , just stopped dead on  hot days .

            I have had 2 hondas , 3 VW and a scoobie , no difference in air performance and all my cars were dark with lids .

            More myths from the VK crummer supporters club .

          • Dom

            Glad something on the VW works!

          • Robin_Graves

            Oh your reps again.  Dont you get it?  The reps are trying to sell you things.  They tell you what you want to hear.  They know you are a deluded VeeDud fanboi and hater of local cars so they feed you all these stories to get on side with you.

          • Legnab

            Medical reps grave robber , not plumbing .

            They solved the issue when they ditched their chinese supplier , no wonder fleet sales are down .

            Funny ones got an i30  another an aurion while one is still driving a ticking VE , lucky its not a falcoon .

          • Captain Nemo®™

            Oh please tell us why you’re talking to medical reps when you work in a pot shop in Gouger street. 

      • carbine

         Seriously, how often do you wind down the rear windows in your car anyway? Perfectly happy with a ‘pop-out’ window if it keeps the price down.

        • Legnab

          Very true carbine not required with good air , pop outs look retro .

        • Karl Sass

          You wouldn’t say that if you were in the back seat.

        • Captain Nemo®™

           Carbine anyone who carries dogs in their car would love wind down rear windows.  VeeDud A/C is the most gutless & woeful A/C on the market so wind down rear windows in the Throw-Up! is a must.

          • al

            It’s disgusting to carry dogs inside a car…yuck!

          • hippo

             Well you couldn’t put it on the OUTSIDE if you were in a Chery. The label on the roofrails says they’re cosmetic only and not to be used!

      • Robin_Graves

        Imagine the outcry from the VeeDud fanbois if another manufacturer released a car with pop out rear windows?  They try and turn it around into a redeeming feature. Nothing but cheap and nasty cost cutting, and its still overpriced!

  • Zaccy16

    Definatly best in class! their are much better used cars than its rivals eg. alto, spark, s16 and micra

  • F1orce

    This vehicle is very funny. 

  • F1orce

    The center console looks like it was ripped off the Audi A8.. Which isn’t saying much about the A8. 

  • Golfschwein

    VW Australia: Send some Up!s to Australia, please.
    VW Factory: Grey interior, then?
    VW Australia: Of course!
    Golfschwein: Just like all car makers do. 

  • F1orce

    Why don’t they sell this in the U.S market?

    • Mike

       Because you could only fit two Americans inside – one front, one back.

      • James Cortez

        North American Highway (States / Canada) are wider than Australian roads, more lanes. Many family size SUVs which are considered normal size in NA but Australians considere them large. That’s why moron. It has nothing to do with teh size of Average American. Many OZs here in the middle east are FAT too.

      • Legnab

        Correct the chevy (holden) barina spark only has one seat front and back .

    • Luke Brinsmead

      Because it’s too small for their big country.

    • yay

       because mexican vw got assigned to produce the beetle, if they ship them from elsewhere, pricing advantage will disappear.

  • Sumpguard

    Looks, Funky style?  

        We must be looking at two different sets of imges CA! I see bland ,boring and cheap looking. It seems anything VW must command a positive comment from the media regardless.

         If it had a Korean badge on it ,it would be getting described as dull ! That centre stack looks bargain basement too.

    • Luke Brinsmead

      If it had a Kia badge on it I would think it’s a surprisingly good effort by Kia. The lastest Rio almost looks like it could wear a VW/SEAT badge.

      • Sumpguard

          The latest KIA Rio is a better looking car than the Polo.

        • Kami

          Totally Agreed…I saw one Kia Rio SLS the other day and I couldn’t believe how much they have improved in looks ~ Both of these cars definitely in my shopping list next year. Unfortuantely, I don’t really like the name Up!…imagine people put the middle finger and said Up!….Your$$ 

          • Sumpguard

               …and if it goes wrong they’ll call it a *%^& up!

        • Zaccy16

          The polo won’t date and looks classy and mature when the rio looks good but will date very quickly! kias don’t look as dated as hyundais though, the ix35 already looks 5 years old!

          • Sante Clause

               I actually don’t mind the Polo (t olook at) but classy and mature it ain’t.  I also suspect the RIO will age well.

        • Luke Brinsmead

          I somewhat agree with you, the Polo only looks ok with big rims/wheels. On a side note, I think the new Golf 7′s headlights look a little bit similar to the first generation Cee’d.

      • F1orce

        Buddy Kia are much better cars then SEAT!! By a long shot..

        Wtf SEAT? Shouldn’t even be mentioned with the same sentence as KIA

        • Luke Brinsmead

          I mean’t appearance wise, not quality – The Rio looks a little bit like the Leon from the rear. Anyway, SEAT mostly use VW parts so their reliability isn’t too bad. But their assembly skills might be…

    • F1orce

      Double standards..

  • J123

    “which makes it sound like the latest smartphone from a Korean copycat factory”.
    Dedicated Apple user?

    • Keya

      was goin’ to say, probably lined up right now for an iphone 5…
      and wt/ is “…is actually built at the same Slovakian factory that makes the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, so you can almost suggest the quality control is up to Porsche standards.” suggest not.

      if anybody’s copyin the koreans it’s the world with gangnam style…

      • Shak

        Gangnam Style is actually Korean though…

    • matt

      lol its stupid isnt it… its obviously a prefered design for what it is… like cars have 4 wheels (mostly) and a steering wheel…. that brand of light bulb looks like that one…. hey i can open the door on this fridge… just like this other brand… god bless america and its ill sue you greedy mentality, more to the point a telecommunications device preference??? christ grow up 

  • Luke Brinsmead

    This Up! was designed for generation Y who want a relatively affordable, well designed unique car which has brand coolness.

  • Shak

    It seems to me that if they didn’t put that party piece radar braking system standard on every model, they could’ve included more (read some) standard equipment in the car. Most people who are buying this car just for A to B purposes wouldn’t care or even know how the system works, so the ‘brilliance’ of it would be lost on them.

    • Exar Kun

      And yet I applaud them for making a safety feature standard and the toys optional.  Every car should be the same – full safety suite standard and pay extra for the stuff that really sells.

      • Shak

        Yes its a win for safety, i agree. However i was thinking purely from a selling point of view (which is what VW does). Having that little party trick wont boost sales to the types of people who will buy this car as much as a chintzy sat nav unit, or bluetooth streaming would. Sad, but true.

  • Robin_Graves

    What a horrible little car.  At least being basic it may last a bit longer than it’s bigger siblings.  Another fail from VeeDud.

    • Guest

      Another useless comment from the grave man. Maybe it’s time to let him go to his grave?

      • Golfschwein

        I’m with you. The negativity is tiring. By all critical accounts, it’s a brilliant small car that drives like one from the next class up, a whole world away from Suzukis and Barinas.

        • Hung Low

          Your morning glory over this pie van is tiring! It is priced the same as the next class up, only with less room, less power, less features and a reputation in reliability that is parallel to a modern Lada!

          • Golfschwein

            There’s a lack of manners from people here that’s also very tiring. The concept of ‘speak only when spoken to’ or ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’ is completely lost on some here and points to a probable lack of mothering. Which I know I can’t blame you on. After all, if Mother wasn’t around…or was it your father…anyway, you get ma drift.

          • Hung Low

            How is an opposing opinion on a public forum a lack of manners? At least I know who my real father is, you and your mama are still sifting through the encylopedia of possibilities. A childhood near a truckstop must have been rough days for you.

          • Legnab

            Fung so whats your opinion on the barina spark the alto etc etc .

            Size is the measure here , some only buy on price and the sour taste of the poor purchase lasts .

            Others prefer to pay more even if smaller , for good design , quality build etc , if their happy they will pay more .

            CAR makers always sell at the price the market will bear , and VAG have been very successfull of late with big sales gains .

          • Zaccy16

            Exactly legnab! who wouldn’t want to pay a little extra money for a quality product!

          • Fahkofff

             You are the biggest VAG here.

          • Luke Brinsmead

            Some people have spent a bit more and bought a Smart car thinking they made a smart decision. I think the price is ok because it’s a new product, but compared to Polo driveaway prices at the moment it may seem a bit pricey.

          • Zaccy16

            13,990 is not a class above i would spend the extra money for this to have a good car any day over a alto or barina and im sure many other people will too!

        • Zaccy16

          Exactly! thats why it is such a good car because nothing came come close to its refinement, quality and on road performance!

    • Legnab

      Back in your tired old falcoon G6E pensioner special , this is the future for all the dino’s out there, small is cool so get used to it , try selling your worthless barge , sorry no takers .

      • Trevor

        i now see why everyone here bags the sh1t out of you. 

      • Garrywhopper

        Small is cool, yeah rad man. You have a small doodle, your cool

        • Luke Brinsmead

          What sort of comment is that?

          • Legnab

            He is nether region obsessed , never makes a car comment .

          • Garrywhopper

            You want a car comment well i will summarise every post you have ever made,Crummer, falcon bad, VW good. How’s that.

          • Legnab

            So thats me, big deal , back on your scooter .

          • Mr Irony

            VW good for mechanics.

      • twincharger

        Legnad dont you sell pots and pans in the Adelaide hills?

        • Legnab

          Plumbing mate , iam the tap man , VW multi vans all over the hills , cant miss them bright pink , good for 500,000km no probs .

          • Mong!

            Pfffft 

          • Hung Low

            Plumbing and you have medical reps visit!! Sounds like you are running a enema clinic Bungle.

    • Bob222

      Stop trolling RG bargy barge driver.

    • Trevor

      you are just as bad as Legnab. maybe you two should meet?

  • MattW

    Saw one on the road on Sunday (dealer joyriding?)… personally I wouldn’t list “looks” as a positive. But its got a VW badge on it, so there is a bunch of people that will love it

  • marcus davis

    I honestly cant understand why any one would being interested ! i just bought new ford fiesta cl off the floor for $14500 , and love it ! it handles great,good performance,its quiet,features u want,5.6L/100k and u wanna be seen in the UP(not cheap just nasty) $18 k ish up ! take a photo of yourself in it first before you buy it ! do you realy want it now ? makes me sick just lookin at it . i think i just threw ”UP”

    • Sante Clause

      I honestly cant understand why any one would being interested !

         People buy X6 BMW’s too!

    • Golfschwein

      99+ comments, Marcus, so people are interested, alright. Even those who don’t like it are having a red hot go. By comparison, only 4 have bothered to pass comment on the brand new Volvo V40 Cross Country.

      Not in any way detracting from the acknowledged excellence of your new Fiesta, this is shaping up to be a game changer in micro cars. Forget the price/size/equipment/engine size comparables, people will be lining up for one of these simply because they want one. And you’d relate to that. After all, you wanted your Fiesta, didn’t you? Enjoy your new cars, people, whatever they are.

      • Zaccy16

        Well said! finally a reasonable comment on this thread!

        • Sumpguard

               So what your saying is that the 12 comments you have already made prior to this one are unreasonable Zaccy?

              
            

        • Hung Low

          Zaccy, this troll is the biggest hypocrite on these blogs. Just on this thread he has…….demeaned women, slandered other competing brands, taken personal swipes and then contradicts himself with this post. Golfswine is the dog turd underones shoe, a pretentious hater in sheeps clothing.

          • Golfschwein

            Gorgeous dummy-spit!!! Nyek nyek nyek. Uncle Golfschwein commands you to sit in the corner and not to turn around until you can be nice to people. Goochy goochy goo and all that :)

          • Legnab

            Mr fung must have swallowed a vat of acid today , always gets down in the gutter when hes ignored .

  • Poison_Eagle

    It looks like a suppository. Get it up! ya.
    Nah honestly I’ll reserve judgement until I drive one, but that price is not +ORC. You aren’t getting Polo/Golf quality for that price, you’re getting 3/4 of a B segment car with some hipster hype.

  • al

    They will sell bucketloads of them…Good job keeping it light at 880kg!!! I was waiting for common sense returning into the car market for a long time!!!

    • Poison_Eagle

       Actually I’m glad to read that too.  I hope that doesn’t affect safety though…

  • Wile E Coyote

    Ateco should bring the Fiat Panda to Oz.From all reports its better than the VW Up.
    The Toyota IQ would be good too.

    • yay

      yeah, i’d like a panda too, it’s more classless, but no toyota iq please.

  • Stone

    The recognised German Automobile Magazine “Auto, Motor und Sprt” (Car, Motor and Sports) has tested the SKODA Mii , which is a badge-engineered twin of the VW Up!
    Unfortunately the “Mii” in fully laden condition was unable gain sufficient speed to safely enter the german ”Autobahn” (highways) even on to the truck lane. So, if you consider buying your son or daughter his/her first car , be wise and some chose some safer and more powerful vehicle. Whowever may build that. (  May be something different if your wife needs a new car   :-)  ) 

    • Golfschwein

      I looked for the test and couldn’t find it. Did they test the 59 hp or 75hp version? In any case, shouldn’t be surprised at the results. What did they expect? Wrong horse for the course, I’d call it.

  • Mr Irony

    How long is the warranty? Just wondering.

  • Jr

    VW needs to make hatches with back seats that fold FLAT.    They should not have put that smile in the front bumber.  There already are enough cars that seem to have that annoying smile.  No not being petty.  Manual gear is good.

  • http://5reasonreviews.com/

    This car will be hugely popular – like Ikea – this is European fashion at cheap prices. Expect to see it everywhere

  • Bascia2

    Test drove on the weekend. It does have Golf/Polo quality feel. Aircond was excellent. Drives really well and actually feels more spacious than a Golf (must be the height). Hate the standard plastic hubcaps so will add alloys and the Navigon option to the basic 3 door when I buy. Makes a Suzuki Alto look like a kiddies pedal car. Fixed price servicing for the first 6 annual services as well. Will be getting an insurance quote next before final decision or maybe see what Skoda does.

  • Kenny Bris

    Was put off by the driveaway price of 17k+ for the 5 doors, excluding any option. The car performs great with its little engine. But with this high price, one can expect a bigger car like the Jazz 1.3 which is going at 15,990 driveaway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.lewis.399826 Scott Lewis

    Prices seem to have come down recently. I bought one last week for $14,700 “drive-away” (including registration etc.), and might have been able to shave another $100 off. The salesman told me it was the first up! sold from that dealership. Manual, no bluetooth/maps, and no metallic paint.

    I hadn’t really intended to buy it, was just quite curious. But the car just made a lot of sense to me as I rode in it. Suspension really is good, and the engine moves it along better than one would think. Comfortable, very plain design.

    I don’t think I would have spent more than that, however. I had been looking at a used Holden Cruze, a used Subaru Impreza, or, for somewhat more money, a Suzuki Kishashi. What made me opt for the up! in the end was that I’m quite sure we’ll be paying close to $2 a litre for petrol before the end of 2013. That impacts not only the operating costs, but the sales value when I go to trade it in during 2015.

  • DAVID.ZYK

    U can buy the 5 DOOR for $14,990 driveaway at every single AUS dealer, 2 door is $1000 less
    Fuel will NOT be $2/L by end of 2013, not even $1.50
    2nd hand they are already under $10k
    cheers

  • DAVID.ZYK

    not selling all that well, not seeing them everywhere, being punished by lack of auto

  • DAVID.ZYK

    because it makes a HUGE difference in carrying something….NOT

  • Harminder Bal

    Nice review

Volkswagen Up! Specs

1.0L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 5 SP MANUAL - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 3D HATCHBACK
Car Details
Make
VOLKSWAGEN
Model
UP!
Series
AA
Year
2013
Body Type
3D HATCHBACK
Seats
4
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.0L
Cylinders
INLINE 3
Max. Torque
95Nm @  3000rpm
Max. Power
55kW @  6200rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
62.5W/kg
Bore & Stroke
76.4x74.5mm
Compression Ratio
10.5
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
35
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
4.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
880
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1476mm
Length
3540mm
Width
1641mm
Ground Clearance
144mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
9.8
Front Rim Size
5x14
Rear Rim Size
5x14
Front Tyres
165/70 R14
Rear Tyres
165/70 R14
Wheel Base
2407
Front Track
1428
Rear Track
1424
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DRUM
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Traction Control System
Driver
Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
Engine & Transmission
Electronic Differential Lock
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows Front
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Power Sunroof
Driver
Cruise Control, Satellite Navigation
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Package
Comfort Pack
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-H-9
Country of Origin
GERMANY