Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Only four seats means more room for rear seat passengers…
  • But lacks the ultimate flexibility of a five-seat Hyundai i10
  • Downgraded to three Euro NCAP stars in 2019

Despite the Up’s city car dimensions, there’s a surprising amount of passenger space on offer. Occupants in the front – even those over average height – are afforded plentiful levels of head and legroom and it’s largely the same story for those in the back.

Sure, headroom may be a little tight for those over 6ft and the lack of a middle seat may be a pain for some, but overall passenger space is impressive nonetheless.

Storage space in the front is reasonable, thanks to deep door pockets and a number of other cubbyholes dotted around the cabin. There’s only one cupholder, mind, and the glovebox is filled almost entirely by the car’s manual.

The Volkswagen Up is one of the smallest new cars on sale and, as such, can fit in even the smallest of spaces. Rear parking sensors and even a rear parking camera are available, but certainly not essential. Blindspots on the car are almost non-existent, plus small overhangs mean it’s easy to judge the Up’s extremities. 

The Up’s boxy dimensions mean there’s a perfectly usable amount of boot space on offer, comparing favourably with all key rivals. All trim levels (apart from the base Take Up) come with 60:40-split folding rear seats and a variable height boot floor.

Handily, the boot floor and seats sit flush when the latter are folded down, making it easier to slide longer objects into the Up. Just be aware that with the boot floor in its lowest position, there is a small lip to lift heavy objects over when placing them into the car. 

Volkswagen Up safety

The Volkswagen Up originally achieved the maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing – but that was under less stringent criteria back in 2011. It has been retested again in 2019, and downgraded to three stars instead.

You can see the latest crash tests in the video below.

Though it remains as safe as it ever was structurally, the 2019 facelift model is no longer available with autonomous emergency braking, which was optional until point. Instead lane-keeping assist has become a standard feature.

Every Volkswagen Up comes as standard with two Isofix points on the rear seats. If you intend to carry young kids around on a regular basis, the obvious advice would be to go for the five-door version, affording easier access when climbing in and fitting child seats. Every car also comes with driver and front passenger airbags, plus further ones for thorax and side of head protection.

Bear in mind, however, that no matter how safe the Up is on paper it’s still a small car and is likely to come off second best in a collision with a larger vehicle, regardless of its safety rating.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Up.

  • ABS
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Beats equipment

Beats standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Beats optional equipment
None available

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Black Edition optional equipment
None available

Club Up equipment

Club Up standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Club Up optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Steel wheels

Groove Up equipment

Groove Up standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Groove Up optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

High Up equipment

High Up standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
High Up optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Steel wheels

Look Up equipment

Look Up standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
Look Up optional equipment
None available

Move Up equipment

Move Up standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
Move Up optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Steel wheels

R Line Beats equipment

R Line Beats standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
R Line Beats optional equipment
None available

Rock Up equipment

Rock Up standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Rock Up optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Steel wheels

Street Up equipment

Street Up standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Street Up optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Steel wheels

Take Up equipment

Take Up standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
Take Up optional equipment
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking

Up equipment

Up standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Up optional equipment
None available

Up Beats equipment

Up Beats standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Up Beats optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Up Black equipment

Up Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Up Black optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Up GTi equipment

Up GTi standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
Up GTi optional equipment
None available

Up White equipment

Up White standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Up White optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

White Edition equipment

White Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
White Edition optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Up was tested by Euro NCAP in 2011 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2011
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 89%
Child Occupant: 80%
Vulnerable Road Users: 46%
Safety Assist: 86%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.