For such a small car, the Up is certainly spacious in the front. There’s lots of leg room for tall adults, and head room is just as generous. There’s plenty of room for elbows, too.
Storage space is impressive, with wide, deep door pockets and a single cupholder located centrally at the bottom of the dashboard. A small shelf dividing an open-faced cubbyhole is another practical touch.
The Up’s glovebox provides enough room for the car’s manual, but not much else.
Volkswagen Up rear space
The Up's boxy dimensions mean the roof doesn’t taper towards the rear of the car so there's almost as much shoulder room in the back as there is in the front. Head and leg room are reasonable by the standards of the class, too, although if you plan to carry adults in the back on a regular basis, the Hyundai i10 is a roomier option. That car also has three seatbelts in the back, whereas the Up can only carry four people.
Rear access is decent in the five-door version, and both rear passengers get a thoughtfully positioned armrest, although there’s only one cupholder.
Volkswagen Up seating flexibility
The Up’s rear seatbacks fold flat as one piece if you opt for the entry-level Take Up model, but Move Up trim and above gets you 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The Up used to be available with an optional folding front seat passenger, which allowed you to carry really long items, but disappointingly this is no longer offered.
Height adjustment of the front passenger seat is a cost option on every Up except Take Up and e-Up versions.
Volkswagen Up boot space
The Up has a decent enough boot that's usefully square in shape and large enough for a few shopping bags or soft luggage cases. However, the rival Hyundai i10 has a much bigger load bay so is a better choice if you regularly need to carry lots of luggage.
Move Up and High Up models benefit from a standard height-adjustable boot floor, allowing you to keep fragile items safely stowed away below a solid removable panel. With the floor in its highest position, there's only a small lip and the boot entrance and no step in the floor of the loadbay when the rear seatbacks are folded down.
Annoyingly, the parcel shelf isn’t attached to the tailgate, so it has to be raised and by hand.