Updated version of Volkswagen's city car gets improved styling, more customisation options and a frugal new engine
22 February 2016

The facelifted Volkswagen Up city car has been revealed at the Geneva motor show.

Read our review of the facelifted Volkswagen Up

Among the changes made to the price-leading Volkswagen model is an updated exterior design, a wider range of colour schemes, revised interior trims, an extended range of customisation options, more contemporary smartphone connectivity options and a new 89bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.

The exterior design changes build on the look of the original five-year-old model, providing the 2016 Up with a more mature appearance that Wolfsburg officials hope will see it compete more successfully against the likes of the Fiat 500, Hyundai i10 and Smart ForFour.

Read our full review of the Volkswagen Up

Central to the revamped look is the new front bumper with integrated cornering lights, larger air ducts and with optional fog lamps.

The facelifted Up also has new-look headlamps with LED daytime driving lights, larger wing mirrors with integrated indicator repeater lamps, new rear light lens graphics and a reprofiled rear bumper with a more defined lip underneath its near-to-vertical glass tailgate.

Read our review of the Volkswagen Up Look Up

The Volkswagen city car continues to be offered in both three- and five-door body styles, but now comes in a total of seven different trim levels: take Up, move Up, eco Up, load Up, Cross Up and e-Up.

Complementing the updated exterior styling is a wider range of customising options, including 13 different body colours, nine exterior decals, three roof colours, 10 dashboard designs and a new ambient light option on upper-end models.

While the interior remains largely untouched, the Up now comes with the option of a multi-function steering wheel and Volkswagen’s Pure Air Climatronic automatic air conditioning system for the first time.

Volkswagen has added the option of USB and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, as well as on-board computer functions via a Volkswagen app. Buyers can also specify a 300 watt Beats Audio sound system as part of a new Up Beats equipment line that is showcased on Volkswagen’s T-Cross concept car, which also made its appearance at the Geneva motor show.

The facelifted Up is the second model, after the Golf BlueMotion TSI, to receive Volkswagen’s new turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Set to complement the existing naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit available until now, it has been tuned to deliver 89bhp and 118lb ft of torque at 1500rpm.

Coupled with a manual gearbox, the new engine is claimed to propel the lightest three-door Up from 0-62mph in 10.0sec and a maximum speed of 115mph. That comprehensively eclipses the 13.2sec and 106mph of the best performing pre-facelift Up model, whose naturally aspirated 1.0-litre three cylinder engine kicked out 74bhp and 70lb ft at 3000rpm.

Together with the improved performance, the new engine also gives the facelifted Up a claimed combined fuel consumption of 64mpg and average CO2 emissions of 102g/km.

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The Volkswagen Up city car isn't revolutionary, it's just quantifiably better than the opposition

The Volkswagen Up city car isn't revolutionary, it's just quantifiably better than the opposition

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22 February 2016

I don't know if eyes function differently in Wolfsburg but make no mistake I have seen more curvaceous stones. No facelift can bring this slab any uplift.

22 February 2016

The up is a great example of italian cardesign, reminding me about the great Golf I. I love it. I love also car-designs like Alfa 8C, the first R8V8,the E-Type, Iso Grifo, 356 A, Khamsin cause they are all well designed sportcars. When will you people learn, that good design doesn t mean it has to look like a curvy woman, but being logical and functional? Maybe it is your eyes function differently.

22 February 2016

The 1 litre turbo sounds interesting. But it will need to be exceptionally good to justify a likely UK price of around £13k. Maybe VW prices are a bit more negotiable these days!

22 February 2016

Isn't this the same one that's been in the A1 for a year now, only the Up one is down (on horse power)

 

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22 February 2016

...that it will get close to 64mpg. My 'runabout' 'Groove Up!' (horrible name, thankfully it doesn't appear anywhere on it!) struggles to get much above 50mpg on motorway runs cruising around 70 mph. I can get around 60mpg on A-roads mind. Still, I might Up! grade (sorry!) in a couple of years time.

22 February 2016

Sorry, couldn't resist

22 February 2016

What the h*** are cornering lights!?

22 February 2016
Lord Snooty wrote:

What the h*** are cornering lights!?

They're those silly little lights in the front bumper that come on and off from one side to the other when negotiating roundabouts. I'm not sure if they're fashinable now, but I've often wondered how much use they are.

22 February 2016
catnip wrote:
Lord Snooty wrote:

What the h*** are cornering lights!?

They're those silly little lights in the front bumper that come on and off from one side to the other when negotiating roundabouts. I'm not sure if they're fashinable now, but I've often wondered how much use they are.

I have them on my car (C4) and it is pretty pointless.

22 February 2016

That's a facelift?? Can't see much difference! Most UP's I see always seem to have a headlight bulb out as well

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