You won’t find any particularly plush plastics in the Up’s cabin but at least its smart layout looks good and you can customise it with 12 different dashboard designs
The VW Up’s interior doesn’t have any expensive-feeling soft-touch plastics but it feels solid and looks pretty funky, too. You won’t find a slick damped glovebox or felt-lined door bins like in a larger VW Polo but it feels much better built than the likes of the Suzuki Celerio.
Besides entry-level models, every Up gets air conditioning as standard and its minimalist dashboard looks much more modern those in the Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto. You also get DAB digital radio, electric front windows and remote central locking as standard across the range.
Mid-range Move Up versions come with a 5.0-inch colour screen for the radio and well-equipped High Up and Beats models get a dedicated app for your phone that turns it into a second infotainment display with music streaming and satellite navigation features. There’s a cradle on the dashboard to hold it securely in place, a USB port for keeping it charged and physical shortcut buttons that make it easier to navigate, too.
You get plenty of opportunities to personalise your Up with a wide range of interior trims including nine upholstery designs and 12 different dashboard colours. High-spec Beats models also get a two-tone rising-sun-inspired dashboard design.
The Up can’t match its bigger VW brothers for plush materials but it’s miles ahead of other, cheaper city cars in terms of build quality
Basic Ups get a 3.1-inch black and white display as standard but mid-range Move Up models get a larger 5.0-inch colour screen with Bluetooth connectivity and six speakers.
Even better is the upgraded system you get on Beats and High Up versions. It comes with a dedicated smartphone app with satellite navigation and music streaming functions as standard and is controlled using your phone’s touchscreen or the shortcut buttons on the dashboard. There’s a handy cradle on the dashboard to hold your phone securely and a USB port close by to keep it charged.
The app’s four main icons are easy to read (although this will depend on the size of your phone’s screen) and its menus are sensibly laid out. The sat nav is a Garmin system and it gives clear, easy-to-follow directions with bold, colourful graphics. You can enter your destination using either the on-screen keyboard or by writing the letters directly on the screen, which is slightly more fiddly.
The entry-level model’s basic two-speaker stereo sounds pretty disappointing, although it does have an Aux plug to play the music from your phone. However, the upgraded six-speaker system in Move-up models and above is a huge improvement. Even better is the 300W Beats system you get in (you guessed it) Beats models. It sounds crisp and clear – even with the volume cranked all the way up – and there’s no annoying buzzing from the doors or dashboard.