All Ups come with stability control, twin front airbags, and side ’bags that extend upwards to cover the same area as curtain airbags. There are also Isofix child seat-mounting points on the rear seats. It’s a shame that rear side airbags aren’t an option, though.
Nevertheless, the car achieved the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2011, with scores of 89% for adult occupant protection, 80% for child occupant protection, and 46% for pedestrian protection. The rival Hyundai i10 scored slightly lower marks for adult and child safety, but fared better for pedestrian safety.
City emergency braking, which automatically applies the brakes if the system detects you’re about to hit the vehicle in front, is available as a reasonably priced option on most models (it comes as standard on the all-electric e-Up).
Security experts Thatcham awarded the Up four out of five for resisting being stolen, and three out of five for resisting being broken into.
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