Feeds
95%
Volkswagen Up

Volkswagen Up!

Honey, I shrunk the Golf

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Satnav special

It only operates at speeds below 19mph and the laser sensor can’t see further than ten metres ahead, but it certainly works, as the twit who backed his BMW 5 series out in front of me in the Trafford Centre car park had cause to be grateful for.

To be honest, I wasn’t paying attention either but luckily the Up was and it came to dead halt just under a meter shy of an embarrassing phone call to VW’s press fleet manager.

Volkswagen Up

Boxy but spacey

Volkswagen has come at the whole infotainment thing from a fresh perspective for the Up. Free with High Ups but costing only an extra £265 with the cheaper models, Maps and More is a bespoke Navigon satnav that quickly and easily clips onto a fixed mount on the dash.

When in place it works as a satnav, trip computer, hands free telephone system and, thanks to a Micro SD card slot, digital music player. Unlike a third-party satnav, it is fully integrated into the car so music plays back through the same speakers as the CD/radio, ditto navigation commands.

Volkswagen Up

The Navigon-made Maps and More

In fact, it's just like having a fully-functional 5in touch screen navigation and entertainment rig but a lot cheaper and you can carry it about with you. It’s a clever idea extremely well executed. For instance, when you disconnect the unit it remembers where you stopped and so can guide you back. It’s almost reason enough alone to buy an Up.

RH Recommended Medal

Prices for the Up start at an eminently reasonable £7995, but remember that the Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii are the same car underneath - don’t let the Up’s unique window line fool you. For my money, the VW is by far the better looking of the three but the Skoda will start from £7630 and rumour has it there will be some cracking personal contract plans on offer too.

Verdict

Quite simply the best very small car money can buy. ®

Volkswagen Up

We could do without the exclamation mark

More Car Reviews

Vauxhall Ampera Hyundai Veloster Renault
Twizy
Renault Mégane
265 Trophy 2.0
Kia Rio

High performance access to file storage

95%
Volkswagen Up

Volkswagen Up!

A very impressive very small car.
Price: From £7995 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.