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Volkswagen Up facelift: old vs new compared

February 22, 2016 by

The recently revealed Volkswagen Up facelift takes a proven platform and adds new equipment, new exterior styling and a new turbocharged engine to help it compete in a hotly contested market segment. The current Volkswagen Up supermini shares its underpinnings with the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii so similar upgrades could translate over to those models shortly.

Often a new model announcement means dealers offer impressive discounts on current models. Make sure you use our Volkswagen Up car configurator to see how much you could save on the outgoing model when you buy your new car through carwow. Below, we compare the two side-by-side to see what’s changed.

Volkswagen Up old vs new styling

The new Volkswagen Up benefits from restyled front and rear bumpers with enlarged air intakes, a sharper grille and LED daytime running lights. The fog lights from the outgoing model are still fitted to the the front bumper insert but now feature cornering light functions. The head- and taillights have been redesigned and the door mirrors now sport integrated indicators.

The most powerful turbocharged Up model now boasts a visible exhaust pipe beneath the rear diffuser to help it stand out from the rest of the range. This modification certainly helps the new Up look sportier than its outgoing counterpart.

Volkswagen Up old vs new interior

The new model’s interior comes with a choice of ten dashboard colours and two interior trim palettes. Comprehensive smartphone integration now allows a number of key functions, including sat-nav, audio playback and Bluetooth handsfree calls to be controlled through the ‘Maps + More’ docking feature.

The rounded central dashboard console has been subtly redesigned with revised controls and ten new trim colours to match the sharper exterior. The steering wheel receives an updated hollow spoke design with multifunction buttons instead of the plain three-spoke version fitted to the outgoing model.

Volkswagen Up old vs new engines and driving

The current selection of 1.0-litre petrol engines will be available in the new Up but the most powerful model in the range will be a brand new 89hp three-cylinder turbocharged unit. This engine promises to be both fun to drive and, with a fuel economy figure of 55mpg, fairly frugal, too.

Volkswagen Up old vs new specs

Volkswagen has stated that standard equipment levels will improve across the Up range. Chrome exterior trim pieces, LED running lights, door mirrors with integrated indicators and gloss black interior trim will be offered as standard on all new Up models. More expensive versions will come with air conditioning as standard, larger 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels and even an upgraded 300W sound system.

Volkswagen Up old vs new prices

Volkswagen has announced that prices for the new Up range will remain the same as the current model. Entry-level cars with a 1.0-litre petrol engine will cost from £8,945, while the more powerful model with 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine could cost around £15,000. The all-electric e-Up will probably be priced around £25,075.

 Save money on your Volkswagen Up

With the launch of a new model just around the corner, many dealers will be looking to sell their stock of current generation Volkswagen Ups. This means you could find a fantastic deal on your new car by using our Volkswagen Up car configurator. If you’re not sure which new car is for you, our car chooser tool is here to help.