What is it?
It’s a special edition of one of our favourite small city cars, the Volkswagen Up.
This Look Up edition sits on the second rung of the ladder in the Up range, between the Take Up and Move Up trims. It’s only available with the lesser-powered, 59bhp version of the 1.0-litre petrol engine, but you can choose either three-door or five-door bodystyles.
It comes with 15in alloy wheels, unique interior upholstery design, body-coloured door handles and wing mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment, split and folding rear seats and manual air conditioning. It's also available with three exterior paint colours: Pure White, Tornado Red and Saturn Yellow.
We're testing a Saturn Yellow three-door Look Up. Fitted to our test car is the optional £280 Maps & More navigation and infotainment system, a dash-mounted detachable sat-nav with a 5in screen which controls the in-car entertainment and Bluetooth.
What's it like?
The 999cc three-cylinder engine is carried over from the rest of the range, and with just 59bhp and 70lb ft, the little Up needs to be worked hard in order to make decent progress - and even harder on hills or when pulling out onto faster roads.
Indeed, some might miss the extra 15bhp of the more powerful version (which isn't available in Look Up form), at least here the engine is mated to Volkswagen's five-speed gearbox, which is accurate and capable of changing gears swiftly with its short-throw action.
Around town, the Up copes well and, thanks to its pint-sized dimensions, is great for nipping between slower vehicles. Take it beyond the city limits and it handles well for the class; there’s loads of grip, limited body lean and the steering is accurate. The ride can be firm and slightly unsettled at low speeds, but only over the worst surfaces.
Motorways shouldn’t be feared, either, because the Up manages to feel safe and secure. Wind and road noise is prevalent, although it’s not overbearing.
On the inside, the design is simple and stylish and there’s a robust feel. Across the dash, there's a black inset panel, which has a metallic paint-like sparkle to it. There’s exposed bodywork on the doors, which adds some contrast, while the door handles are finished in a brushed metal look.