2016 Volkswagen Up facelift revealed

Facelifted version of Volkswagen's city car will go on sale shortly after its Geneva motor show debut...

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Darren Moss
22 Feb 2016 10:53 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The facelifted version of the Volkswagen Up city car will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month, before going on sale in the UK soon after.

What is it?

The Up is Volkswagen's smallest and cheapest model, and is a sister car to the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo. These mid-life changes are designed to give the Up a more stylish exterior and more customisation options for the cabin, allowing it to compete against rivals including the Fiat 500, Hyundai i10 and Smart ForFour.

A new front bumper is among the visual changes made to the Up, as well as new-look headlights and a modified rear bumper. The body can now be had in a range of 13 different colours, including new stickers for the body and roof.

As with the current car, the facelifted Up will come in both three and five-door forms.

What engines can I choose from?

As well as its existing engine range, the Up now comes with the option of Volkswagen's three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol motor, which develops 89bhp and 118lb ft of torque. It's capable of getting the Up to 62mph in 10.0sec, with a top speed of 115mph. It's claimed to return 64mpg, with CO2 emissions of 102g/km.

What equipment does it come with?

The updated Volkswagen Up will be offered with the same trim levels and options as the current car. That means the range will start with the take Up, and move through the move Up, eco Up, load Up and Cross Up models to reach the range-topping (and all-electric) e-Up.

While the cabin is largely unchanged, the Up does get the option of Volkswagen's multi-function steering wheel and climate control for the first time. USB and Bluetooth connectivity also features, and users can access on-board computer functions via a new Volkswagen app. Buyers can also specify an upgraded sound system.

How much does it cost?

Volkswagen hasn't revealed prices for the facelifted Up range, but we wouldn't expect too much of an increase on the current car, which starts at £8945.

How good are its rivals?

Key rivals for the updated Up include the Fiat 500 and Hyundai i10. The Fiat 500 is fairly well regarded on What Car?, but it's the Hyundai i10 which will prove to be the biggest test for the Up, as we recently named the tiny Hyundai as our City Car of the Year for 2016 at the What Car? Awards.