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2012 Volkswagen Up!

The Best Car We Can’t Have

We could this entire review synonyms of small to describe the stature, but we’ll put it in some perspective for you it’s nearly in size to the Fiat 500. The Up! is shorter in overall length, a bit wider and 1.5 inches shorter in but rides on a wheelbase that’s a 5.3 inches longer than the That added space the axles not only gives the car the of short-overhang dimensions that we but aids massively in interior efficiency. Attractive 15-inch wheels wrapped in 185/55-series ContiPremiumContact 2 tires fit snugly at all corners, as well.

The end result is a car that’s as cute as a button not a single offensive styling to our eyes. We like the way the grille a big grin around the painted bumper and that same element is mimicked at the rear. The Up! all bubbly like a Fiat using more squared-off and a vertical glass hatch, but lack of roundness goes the once you’re inside.

The Up! isn’t all bubbly like a 500, using more lines and a vertical glass

That cabin is perhaps one of runabout’s biggest surprises, Volkswagen decided to employ a clean-and-simple, functional design rather than some of the designs found on other cars that just out to be complete ergonomic messes. in front of you is a flat-bottomed steering with no redundant audio that sits in front of a basic instrument cluster. The stalks and buttons within reach feature minimal of functions. To your right is a control unit for the climate and functions with minimal of buttons and knobs. It’s all you and it works.

As for niceties, this Up! more goodies than you think just by looking at the The small dash-mounted removable screen houses a whole of infotainment features and, as its suggests, navigation functionality, and front cloth seats are heated. They’re cushy, though we’d eagerly some additional bolstering for our backs and thighs.

For the remainder of the the theme is functionality above all There are plenty of storage to be found in the center stack, and even the sills that the rear bench. Speaking of we had no issues climbing behind the seats, and because of the high of the front chairs, there’s a amount of toe room to keep you if you are forced into the back. We four adults into the Up! at one without a single gripe to be In addition to rear seats fold flat, there’s storage space under the of the cargo area for a total of cubic feet of usable for your goods.

It’s certainly not fast, Up! hitting 60 mph will take you a 13 seconds (yes, even a is quicker).

All in, the Up! offers a better-appointed and spacious interior than we find in the Fiat 500 or Chevrolet proving that while we can all we want about the cost-cutting in the North American-spec Jetta’s Volkswagen does still how to make a premium small car

The automaker has employed a 1.0-liter engine here in the Up. good for 75 and 70 pound-feet of torque. Miniscule no doubt, but it’s fine for 2,072-pound three-door hatchback. certainly not fast, this Up! 60 miles per hour will you a full 13 seconds (yes, a Prius is quicker) but it isn’t a slowpoke, either. Being to row your own gears with the manual transmission helps the most of the limited power,

The driving experience was not quite we expected. in a good way.

said, the driving experience was not what we expected. in a good The Up! may use a gasoline-fed inline-three, but it has diesel-like everything from the sound it to the power delivery. First is short and you’ll want to sooner rather than but once you’ve plunked second, there’s a good of low-end grunt to get you going. The goes for third gear, and the two cogs are merely there to the revs down when cruising. The transmission itself is tuned, though like other Volkswagens, the clutch is a bit The gearbox itself offers engagement, and while we can see the argument for shorter throws while they don’t feel or unpleasantly long.

Even you’ve counted to 13 and are coasting at 60 the Up! doesn’t tremble at the idea of pushed farther. We had no issues at 80 mph, and while driving one heck of a rainstorm, the little Up! its own with confidence and poise on the freeways surrounding Detroit. The design and low weight does there’s a tendency to be tossed by strong crosswinds, and even pleasant weather, wind is no stranger in the spacious cabin.

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During our few days of driving, we had no coasting just above the mark.

As for fuel economy, the Up! excels here. Where a 500 won’t even hit 40 miles per with its 1.4-liter MultiAir the Up! boasts city/highway numbers of 40 and 59 per gallon, respectively converted the EU cycle. During our few days of we had no problem coasting just the 50-mpg mark, making absolutely best-in-class by a long compared to what’s available in the States.

But what really this deal is just how the Up! is to drive. The steering is direct and with good on-center and plenty of feedback. It’s better than what the offers. You run into a few issues the short wheelbase when over uneven road the Up! will bounce around a bit but nothing unexpected for a car this Beyond that, the Up! offers a cruising ride for long on the highway. Once you’re on roads, don’t be alarmed if you some body roll and built in to the front-wheel-drive chassis, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary for cars. And even so, it’s than the lot of what’s offered in country. In fact, the li’l Up! even give larger like the Honda Fit or Chevrolet a run for their money in terms of driver involvement.

But here’s where this piece of bite-size forbidden turns bittersweet. Volkswagen has over and over again it will not be selling the Up! in the United And if VW thought about taking the on bringing over one of its sub-Golf more robust models the Polo would certainly more sense for our biggie-sized

And then there’s the pricing The bigger-is-better Jetta sedan at $16,675, so the Up! would need to in below $15,000. But in order to do Volkswagen would likely to move production of its minicar to America Mexico, probably in to keep cost down as as possible. If the Up! could start $14,000, that’d be gravy, but obviously easier said done. And adding the necessary (read: weight) to meet crash and pedestrian standards likely affect the car’s flickable dynamics. It just make a whole lot of sense.

Sadly, the Volkswagen Up! might be the best little car we can’t

Vital Stats

Engine: I3 Power: 74 HP / 70 LB-FT Transmission: Manual 0-60 Time: Seconds Top Speed: 107 MPH Drivetrain: Drive Curb Weight: LBS Seating: 2+2 Cargo: 33.6 (max) MPG: 40 City / 59 HWY

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