Tall drivers benefit from the wide range of seat adjustment, although only mid-range Move Up models and higher get driver’s seat-height adjustment as standard. Some people might find the seat a little firm and flat, although side support is good, which helps you stay secure when cornering.
It’s disappointing that the Up’s steering wheel doesn’t get reach adjustment (it only moves up and down), and even with the wheel in its highest setting, you might find it blocks your view of the speedo, which is hardly ideal.
The important controls are sensibly laid out, but one annoyance is that there isn’t a switch for the front passenger window on the driver’s side. You get this handy feature on some rivals, including the Hyundai i10.
Volkswagen Up visibility
Forward visibility is excellent because the Up’s thin pillars barely obstruct your forward view at all and the tall front windows provide a good range of sight.
Rear visibility is slightly less impressive, but the Up’s rear pillars are still thinner than a Hyundai i10's and the rear window isn’t too small. The Up’s relatively square shape also makes judging its corners pretty easy.
Rear parking sensors are an optional extra on all but entry-levels Take Up models, as is a reversing camera.
Volkswagen Up infotainment
Entry-level Take Up and mid-range Move Up trims come with a basic CD/DAB radio system with a monochrome display, which is controlled using a combination of dials and clearly labelled buttons. There’s no standard Bluetooth connectivity on these trims, but a 3.5mm aux input for playing music is included. A USB socket is a relatively affordable option.
A more sophisticated 5.0in colour screen is available as a reasonably priced option on the Take Up and Move Up, and comes as standard on High Up trim and above. This high-end system includes Bluetooth and a USB socket, and you can download a free app to your phone and use it as a sat-nav or an eco-driving tutor. There's even a cradle on the dashboard to hold your phone, although this only accepts phones with a screen size of up to 5.5in.
Volkswagen Up build quality
No other city car – not even the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo with which the Up shares its mechanicals, or Hyundai’s excellent i10 – can match the Up for interior quality. Even the lower-end trim levels look and feel surprisingly upmarket inside and very well assembled.
The High Up model is even better, with glossy dashboard panels, chrome-rimmed switchgear and plastics that are of a uniformly high standard throughout. Let's not go overboard: you won't find any dense, soft-touch materials like those in the larger and pricier VW Polo, but the Up is seriously classy by city car standards.