The new five-door Volkswagen up! is now available to order in the UK and is priced £365 ($566) more than the equivalent three-door model.
The five-door up! has the same virtues as its three-door sibling: a 95.27 inches (2.42 m) long wheelbase that makes for impressive interior space despite a diminutive and easy-to-park 139.37 inches (3.54 m) overall vehicle length, an efficient three-cylinder engine, new-to-the-class safety features and an innovative infotainment system.
Rear passengers in the five-door up! benefit from exactly the same space as those in the three-door model. The rear seat base is set slightly higher than that in the front, giving passengers a clearer view of the road ahead.
The five-door range mirrors that of the three-door, with a choice of Take up!, Move up! and High up! models, plus the special edition up! Black and up! White. Five-door models are expected to make up just over half of all up! sales.
As with the three-door, two BlueMotion Technology versions will also be available, offering sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions. This is a big deal in the UK as it allows the car to be exempt from a special VED eco tax. The 60 PS Move up! BlueMotion Technology returns 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle, and the 75 PS High up! BlueMotion Technology offers 67.3 mpg.
A fully electric version will join the range in late 2013, and an automated manual gearbox will become optional later in 2012.
The up! is the World Car of the Year 2012, What Car? Car of the Year for 2012, and has also been named TopGear magazine’s Small Car of the Year.
UK deliveries of the five-door up! are expected to start in August.