Meet the Up, Volkswagen's forthcoming city car. The Up has generated serious interest since the concept was shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 2007, not least because initial plans included a £4000 price.
Such hype was always going to be difficult to live up to. Disappointingly, 'prohibitive costs' meant that the rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout of the concept didn't make it through to the final design. That would have set VW's smallest car well apart from its rivals.
Although the Up looks quite conventional, its simple shape is instantly recognisable as a VW. We think it manages to look cute and practical at the same time.
What's it like inside?
The Up manages to cram an impressive amount of space into a tiny footprint. At a Fiat 500-sized 3.5m long, 1.6m wide and 1.5m high, it is one of the smallest four-seater cars available, but short body overhangs and a lengthy 2.4-metre wheelbase allow it to comfortably accommodate four people.
Their shopping shouldn't be a problem either, because the 251-litre boot is one of the biggest in this class. With the rear seat folded down, cargo space reaches a Mini-beating 951 litres.
The standard interior on all models is basic, but clean and well organised. In terms of styling, the dash, seats and side panels can be colour-matched to the car's exterior paintwork.
Five key facts
All-new front-drive platform
Maximum 951-litre boot space
Automatic emergency brake option
Stop-start versions in 2012
Electric Up planned for 2013
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