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Volkswagen up! five-door - first look

  • Volkswagen up! five-door to go on sale in summer
  • No extra interior room, but rear seat bases raised
  • Option automatic braking option available for £225

Pictures of the new five-door version of the Volkswagen up! city car, expected to go on sale in the summer, have been released.

The latest addition to the Volkswagen up! range offers no extra interior space and the same sized 251-litre boot, but adds some welcome practicality, particularly for those with young children that need to get in and out of the car easily. The rear seat base, however, is set slightly higher than that in the front, at 378 mm (versus 306mm), so passengers can get a clearer view of the road ahead.

It is offered with front and side airbags, ABS with Hydraulic Brake Assist, Isofix childseat fittings in the rear and standard ESP (on all but the entry level Take up! model). It can be ordered with an optional £225 City Emergency Braking system that brakes the car if it thinks it is about to hit an object in front. 

The Volkswagen up! has received a five-star rating and the Advanced Award from Euro NCAP and it is the first vehicle in this class to receive these awards.

It is also available with VW’s Maps & More infotainment system - a mobile Personal Infotainment Device developed to organise navigation, telephone, information and entertainment. 

It is removable but unlike many other similar systems of this type, it melds with the car’s network of systems and can be used to view vehicle information, such as the display of the parking sensors (where fitted). The system is standard on the High up! model and above, and optional on the rest of the range.

First UK deliveries of the five-door up! are expected to start in the second half of the year; prices are yet to be confirmed. 

The three-door up! is available to order now with prices starting at £7,995. The first models will arrive in UK showrooms in March.