Bigger Than You Might Expect
The surprisingly spacious up! makes room for four travellers. The driver’s seat adjusts for height and the steering wheel is rake-and-reach-adjustable, allowing him or her to quickly get comfortable. If you decide to go with a three-door model, the front seats conveniently slide forwards to make access for rear-row passengers much simpler. The vehicle is heated and ventilated, and features a four-speed fan as standard. It also possesses power-operated front windows, so establishing an agreeable cabin temperature should never be a problem. Moreover, a heated rear windscreen makes light work of condensation and frost (and rear washer-wipers are fitted too). The up! possesses a 251-litre boot space and with rear seats folded, luggage capacity expands to a very decent 951 litres.
Entry-level up! models come with a two-speaker sound system that includes a CD player and an AM/FM tuner – and DAB digital radio, which produces crystal-clear sound quality. AUX and SD inputs are included too, which make it easy to hook up a portable media device and connect a flash memory card. Next-level Move up! trims add four more speakers and USB and Bluetooth® connectivity. The latter is certainly worth having if you intend to use your smartphone when driving, because it allows you to make and receive hands-free calls. It also enables you to play your favourite tunes in the car by streaming audio content from your mobile.
Crash-test specialist Euro NCAP has awarded the up! with a maximum five-star safety rating. The vehicle is fitted with a wide range of driver aids, including Electronic Stability Control and Anti-lock Braking System, which help to significantly minimise skidding. Hill-hold Assist features too, which prevents the up! from rolling forwards or backwards whenever the engine is started on a slope. Passengers are further protected by a number of passive safety features, such as three-point seat belts that feature pre-tensioners and load-limiters. The former tightens to prevent passengers from being flung forward in the event of a collision. In the same circumstances, the latter will restrict the amount of force applied to the body by the belt.