What is it?
The CrossUp is the fifth in a range of high-riding models from Volkswagen, following on from the earlier CrossPolo, CrossGolf, CrossTouran and recently introduced CrossCaddy.
Despite boasting a more rugged, arguably better appearance than its five door hatchback sibling with beefed-up bumpers, roof rails, unique sill plates and bodyside cladding and a set of standard 16-inch alloy wheels, it is not a genuine off-roader but rather an urban-based crossover that sets out to combine the compact dimensions of one of our favourite superminis along with the elevated seating of a proper small SUV.
With ride height raised by 15mm, the additional seat height of the CrossUp provides the driver with a more commanding view of the road along with greater ease at parking station booths and the like than the standard Up.
But while it is instantly recognisable from the outside, there’s little apart from newly patterned cloth upholstery inside to set the CrossUp apart from other Up models.
Accommodation up front is excellent, but the rear seat lacks for legroom and the rear windows do not wind down but hinge open from the front. There is sufficient boot space for the weekly grocery haul at a nominal 251 litres, extending to 959 litres with the rear seat folded.