Volkswagen Up

Also called
Škoda Citigo
2011 – present
Bratislava, Slovakia
Volkswagen Fox
SEAT Arosa
City car (A-segment)
Body style
3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Front engine, front-wheel drive
Volkswagen Group NSF
1.0 L I3 petrol
1.0 L I3 CNG/petrol
5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Volkswagen up!: 2,420 mm (95.3 in)
SEAT Mii: 2,420 mm (95.3 in)
Škoda Citigo: 2,420 mm (95.3 in)
Volkswagen up!: 3,540 mm (139.4 in)
SEAT Mii: 3,557 mm (140.0 in)
Škoda Citigo: 3,563 mm (140.3 in)
Volkswagen up!: 1,641 mm (64.6 in)
SEAT Mii: 1,641 mm (64.6 in)
Škoda Citigo: 1,641 mm (64.6 in)
Volkswagen up!: 1,489 mm (58.6 in)
SEAT Mii: 1,478 mm (58.2 in)
Škoda Citigo: 1,478 mm (58.2 in)
Curb weight
Volkswagen up!: 929 kg (2,048.1 lb)
SEAT Mii: 929 kg (2,048.1 lb)
Škoda Citigo: 929 kg (2,048.1 lb)
Walter de'Silva, Klaus Bischoff
The Volkswagen up! is a city car, part of the Volkswagen Group New Small Family (NSF) series of models, unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Production of the up! started in December 2011 at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant in BratislavaSlovakia.
The production up! follows a series of concept cars, starting in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. All up! concepts are designed by Volkswagen Group Chief Designer Walter de'Silva and Head Designer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars marque Klaus Bischoff. Shown at the Frankfurt launch were several further up! concept cars, including a 98 hp (73 kW) GT version, a natural gas-powered Eco-up! (with CO2emissions of 79 g/km) and a four-door Cross model.
The original up! concept car used a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, however the 2011 production model has a less efficient front-engine, front-wheel drive layout, using the NSF platform, with a 3-cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine. A plug-in electric up! is also expected to be launched in 2013.
The Volkswagen up! won the 2012 World Car of the Year.
The SEAT Mii and Škoda Citigo are rebadged versions of the up!, with modifications to the front and rear designs, and are manufactured in the same factory.


At Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2011 Volkswagen unveiled the final version of the up! based on the Volkswagen New Small Family (NSF) modular architecture. The three-door bodywork is inspired by the 2007 concept up!, the engine range is 1.0 L three-cylinder gasoline 60 hp (45 kW) and 75 hp (56 kW) which is also available in CNG. The up! is a front-wheel drive with transverse engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and is 3.54 metres (139 in) long has a wheelbase of 2.42 m (95 in). The cabin is configured to four seats.
The up! is available to order in the United Kingdom since October 2011 for five models – Take up!, Move up!, High up!, up! black and up! white.
It was introduced on the German market on December 3, 2011. Deliveries to other European markets began in April 2012.
SEAT Mii limited production started in October 2011 for the European market, with sales having started at the end of 2011. The final version was launched in May 2012. The Škoda Citigo was launched in the Czech Republic in October 2011. The Citigo will be sold in other countries of Europe from summer 2012, as well as in Asia (except Japan and Korea), possibly including Russia if it will be produced in Kaluga. It is unknown if the up! will be sold in North America.
Volkswagen has announced the up! range will be extended to include a production version of the GT up! concept, which will launch in 2013. This will feature a turbocharged version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine producing 110 hp (82 kW) and will look similar to the concept version. An electric hybrid up! — which will be badged Blue-e-motion — will follow.
Along with the other two rebadged models, up! is the first car in its class to offer an automated braking system, called City Emergency Braking. The system is automatically activated at speeds below 30 km/h (19 mph), when a laser sensor identifies a danger of collision and activates the brakes. In the SEAT model, the system is called City Safety Assist and in the Škoda model it is called City Safe Drive.
2012 Volkswagen Up front view
2012 Volkswagen Up rear view


Both engines are also available with BlueMotion technologies (SEAT: Ecomotive, Skoda: Green Tech), which incorporates a start-stop system and regenerative braking to reduce carbon emissions. Depending on markets, some 60PS and 75PS models are available with optional five-speed automatic transmission.
1.0 (60PS)
1.0 (75PS)
Type and number of cylinders
Straight-three engine with multi-point fuel-injection
999 cc (1 L; 61 cu in)
44 kW (60 PS; 59 hp) @ 5,000 rpm
55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) @ 6,200 rpm
95 N·m (70 lbf·ft) @ 3,000–4,300 rpm
Transmission, standard
5-speed manual
Top speed
161 km/h (100 mph)
171 km/h (106 mph)
Acceleration from 0–100 km/h
14.4 seconds
13.2 seconds
Fuel consumption (combined, EU-norm)
4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg-imp; 52 mpg-US)
4.7 L/100 km (60 mpg-imp; 50 mpg-US)
CO2 emission, g/km (combined)
105 (BlueMotion 96)
108 (BlueMotion 98)
European emission standards
Euro 5


In 2011, the Volkswagen up! was evaluated for its safety performance under the Euro NCAP assessment scheme and it achieved a 5-star overall rating:

Adult occupant:
Child occupant:
Safety assist:

Concept models

From 2007 through to 2010 Volkswagen showed a number of concept versions of the up! prior to the launch of the production ready version in 2011.

2007 up! concept

The two-door up! concept car debuted at the 2007 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, with a rear-wheel drive, rear-mounted, boxer engine and 18 inch wheels.
The interior is designed to accommodate four adults, and features flat-folding, air inflatable seats. It also has two monitors on the dashboard, one showing vehicle statistics and the other controlling the in-car multimedia system. The car measures 3.45 metres (11 ft 4 in) in length and has a width of 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in).
2007 Volkswagen Up Concept front view
2007 Volkswagen Up Concept rear view

2007 Space up! concept

The four-door four-seater mini MPV styled space up! concept car debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show in Japan.
The Space up! concept had all the features of the first up! concept, but with four-doors and 23 centimetres (9.1 in) longer at 3.68 metres (12 ft 1 in) (15 centimetres (5.9 in) shorter than theVolkswagen Fox). The 'butterfly' doors open in a similar manner to those on the Mazda RX-8; the front doors conventionally hinged at the front, whilst the rears are hinged at the rear from the C-pillar, eliminating the B-pillar. Its wheelbase is also larger at 2.56 metres (8 ft 5 in) but retains the same width as the up! at 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in).
Also for the first time Volkswagen showed images of its internal combustion engine, a Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) petrol engine.
2007 Volkswagen Space Up Concept front view
2007 Volkswagen Space Up Concept rear view

2007 Space up! blue concept

The four-seater space up! blue concept, the third variant of the Volkswagen Up concept series, debuted at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The space up! blue was visually the same as the space up! and shared its length and width, but it included a different roof with a 150 watt solar cellwhich recharges the batteries. This means its height increases to 1.57 metres (5 ft 2 in) and the kerb weight is a 1,090 kilograms (2,403 lb).
Twelve lithium-ion batteries give the space up! blue 45 kilowatts (61 PS; 60 bhp) of power and a 65 miles (105 km) range. Combined with Volkswagen's world's first hydrogen high temperature fuel cells (HT-FC), range is extended by 155 miles (250 km) giving total range of 220 miles (350 km).
2007 Volkswagen Space Up Blue Concept front view
2007 Volkswagen Space Up Blue Concept rear view


The two-door Volkswagen e-up! zero-emissions concept debuted at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. The release of the scheduled manufacturing of the e-up! is inconclusive.
The 3.19 metres (10 ft 6 in) long all-electric e-up! uses a 3+1 seater configuration. It uses a 60 kilowatts (82 PS; 80 bhp) (continuously rated at 40 kilowatts (54 PS; 54 bhp)) all-integrated drive electric motor, mounted at the front and drives the front wheels. This electric motor generates a torqueturning force of 210 Nm (155 lbft) from rest. Power is sourced from 18 kilowatt-hours (kWh) lithium-ion batteries, which will give a range up to 130 kilometres (81 mi). Quick charging will charge the battery up to 80% in an hour, while a regular 230 volt plug will take five hours. The roof of the e-up! consists of a 1.4 square metre solar cell which supply power to the vehicle’s electrics, and when parked can power ventilation fans to help cool the interior when parked in bright sunlight on a hot day. The solar cells can be increased in size to a total area of 1.7 square metre by folding down the sun visors.
With a kerb weight of 1,085 kilograms (2,392 lb), it is able to complete the standard discipline of sprinting from rest to 100 kilometres per hour (62.1 mph) in 11.3 seconds; and should reach a top speed of 135 kilometres per hour (83.9 mph). The e-up! is 3.19 metres (10 ft 6 in) long, 1.64 metres (5 ft 5 in) wide, 1.47 metres (4 ft 10 in) high, and has a wheelbase of 2.19 metres (7 ft 2 in).
Interior equipment includes a touch-screen human machine interface (HMI), one notable feature allows the charge to be delayed within the HMI programming, utilising cheap-rate night-time electricity—and this can also be remotely programmed via an iPhone or similar device.

Production version

In July 2010 VW announced the production of the e-up! all-electric car, with sales scheduled for 2013. The production version will have a 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery able to deliver 160 km (99 mi) on the NEDC cycle, and top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). The e-up! can be charged with 2.3 kW plugged into any standard 230V socket, with 3.6 kW via a home-installed wall box or with up to 40 kW plugged into a DC fast-charging station via the optional CSS (combined charging system), which allows the battery to charge up to 80% in under 30 minutes. Pricing in Germany will start at €26,900 (~US$34,500), about €10,000 (~ US$12,800) more expensive than the conventional sibling. The production e-up! is scheduled to be unveiled at the September 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
2009 Volkswagen E-Up Concept front view
2009 Volkswagen E-Up Concept rear view

2009 up! Lite concept

The Volkswagen up! Lite was first revealed on the Los Angeles Auto Show 2009. It is a four seater hybrid concept car based on Volkswagen L1 technologies. The Volkswagen up! Lite concept car has a hybrid powertrain with one 0.8 litres (48.8 cu in) two-cylinder Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine and one 10 kilowatts (14 PS; 13 bhp) electric motor, using a seven-speeddual-clutch transmission. Its technical dimension is about 3.84 metres (12 ft 7 in) in length, 1.60 metres (5 ft 3 in) in width and 1.40 metres (4 ft 7 in) high. It weights 695 kilograms (1,532 lb), has a top-speed of 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph), and CO2 emission not more than 65 g/km.
2009 Volkswagen Up Lite Concept front view
2009 Volkswagen Up Lite Concept rear view

2010 Volkswagen IN

The Volkswagen IN is a design study created by Brazilian interns of Volkswagen do Brasil which carries a significant resemblance to the up! concept cars. It is a two-seater plus luggage sub-compact capable of adopting a variety of powertrains, including a fully electric one using in-wheels electric engines. The mock-up in 1:1 scale was presented to the press on January 29, 2010.


  • Scottish Car of the Year 'Compact Car of the Year' 2012
  • Top Gear Magazine 'Small Car of the Year' 2011
  • What Car? 'Car of the Year' 2012
  • What Car? 'City Car of the Year' 2013
  • World Car of the Year 2012


2013 Volkswagen Up interior - dashboard

2013 Volkswagen Up interior - screen monitor

2013 Volkswagen Up interior - seat and dashboard

2013 Volkswagen Up sunroof

2013 Volkswagen Up interior - back seat

2013 Volkswagen Up boot space

2013 Volkswagen Up 1.3 L I4 engine

2013 Volkswagen Up wheel

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Last updated on 8 August 2013 at 14:08.


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