VW HAVE RELEASED the first official pictures and details of the new five-door version of the up! city car.
VW’s new Toyota IQ rival may now be available with greater accessibility thanks to two extra doors but bigger passengers might be disappointed to discover that rear legroom and headroom are exactly the same as the three-door at 789mm and 947mm respectively. The 2.42m wheelbase and 251-litre boot capacity also remain the same.
The up! comes with ESP and Hydraulic Brake Assist as standard on all but the base model but can also be had with City Emergency Braking System as an option for £225. The system uses sensors to scan the road and apply the brakes if it senses a collision is imminent, a useful feature given the majority of up!s (ups! ?) will spend most of their life in the city and a novelty on a car in this price range.
Should the system fail to stop the car soon enough though you needn’t worry because the up! has recieved five stars in the Euro NCAP crash testing, making it the safest car in the class.
Other impressive equipment includes the portable Maps & More device which slots into the dashboard and can be used as a display for the navigation, telephone and entertainment systems as well as the rear parking sensors, if fitted. It is standard on the High up! model and above and an option on the models below.
Engine choices will mirror those of the three-door, with 1.0-litre petrol engines ranging from 61bhp to 76bhp, there will also be a road-tax exempt BlueMotion version capable of 96g/km CO2.
Prices for the five-door up! have yet to be announced but expect a premium of around £400 over the three-door’s £7995 starting price; deliveries are expected to start in the second half of 2012.
Five-door versions of the mostly identical Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii are also expected with the Skoda being the cheapest of the three, in line with VW Group hierarchy.