It can be a bit confusing when a car’s offered in a number of different specifications that all have varying dimensions, so it’s refreshing to see the Volkswagen Up keeping things nice and simple – the three-door and five-door versions are all the same length and height and have the same load space. Use this guide to see if the little Up will be enough car for you. Will it carry your weekly shop? Or will you have to order the optional surfboard holder for your couple’s trip to the beach?
The Up may be Volkswagen’s smallest car, but it might be a bit bigger than some may imagine. It’s worth double-checking the exterior dimensions, especially if you plan to put your Up to sleep at night in a nice warm garage.
Length – 3,540mm
Width including door mirrors – 1,910mm
Width excluding door mirrors – three-door/five5-door – 1,641mm / 1,645mm
Width opened front doors – three-door/five-door – 3,955mm / 3,493mm
Width opened rear doors – 3,118mm
Height – 1,489mm
Height opened bonnet – 1,622mm
Height, opened tailgate – 1,990mm
Wheelbase – 2,420mm
Small cars have come a long way in terms of interior space over the past few years and buyers now expect plenty of usable load space. The Up does impressively well at making the most of its small size. Front headroom doesn’t shrink if you add a sunroof to your Up – that’s quite rare!
Front headroom – 993mm
Rear headroom – 947mm
Front legroom – 1,009mm
Rear legroom – 789mm
The boot on the Up isn’t as small as you’d think, but most of the volume comes from its depth. There’s a real drop to the bottom of the boot, so it can be quite a bend to pick small items up from the boot floor. Because the three- and five-door cars share a bodyshell there’s not much extra room in the five-door.
Boot space with rear seats upright – 251 litres
Boot space with rear seats folded – 951 litres (959 litres in the five-door)
Turning circle and fuel capacity
The Up is as nimble as you’d hope for in a city car. Its turning circle of just 9.8 metres is impressive, meaning you can do a quick about turn without having to pop into reverse halfway round. All models get 35 litre fuel tanks.
Unladen weights range from 929kg for the Take Up with manual gearbox to 940kg for the Move Up and High Up. Gross vehicle weights are 1,290kg across the whole range whereas maximum payloads range between 425kg and 436kg.
If you want more load space with the addition of optional roof rails, the maximum weight that can be carried is a useful 50kg across all derivatives. And yes, there’s an optional surfboard holder…
Find out more
If you want to read more about the Up and its options then check out our full Volkswagen Up review section, which includes photos, videos, stats, and a full buying guide.