VW Up! gets five-doors

Volkswagen has introduced a five-door version of its up! City car, costing £365 more than the equivalent three-door model, starting at £8360.

The five-door up! has the same proportions as its three-door sibling, the same 251-litre boot and shares a 1.0-litre three cylinder engine with either 60 or 75 PS with emissions ranging from 95g/km to 108g/km CO2.The five-door range mirrors that of the three-door, with a choice of Take up!, Move up! and High up! models, plus the special edition up! Black and up! White. The more passenger-friendly option is expected to make up just over half of sales.

A fully electric version will join the range in late 2013, and an automated manual gearbox will become optional later in 2012.

The up! showcases an optional city emergency braking system, from £225, which uses sensors to scan the space ahead of the vehicle, applying the brakes if it detects that the car is about to hit an object in front.

As standard comes front and side airbags, ABS with hydraulic brake assist, Isofix child seat preparation in the rear and standard ESP on all models (except entry level Take up!),

Standard on the High up! model and above, and optional elsewhere is the Maps & More infotainment system, a mobile device that organises navigation, telephone, information and entertainment. It is removable, but also syncs up with the car's systems to view vehicle information such as the display of parking sensors.

The up! is the World Car of the Year 2012, What Car? Car of the Year for 2012, and has also been named TopGear magazine's Small Car of the Year.
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