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Time for the Volkswagen Up

Yes, Volkswagen finally has brought in a small car. The new babe is named as the Volkswagen Up and is just 11ft 7in long. Right from the rear engine, rear drive, huge cabin space, the fuel economy, an...

Yes, Volkswagen finally has brought in a small car. The new babe is named as the Volkswagen Up and is just 11ft 7in long. Right from the rear engine, rear drive, huge cabin space, the fuel economy, and the looks department, the scores well like most of its predecessors. Ulrich Hackenberg director of VW said they had to ditch the “father of the Up”. The future of the rear engine car became clear and its sharing components with other VWs was the only way to bring in the Up at its target price of 6lakhs.
 
For the company it was back to the basics and out came the front-engine and front-drive hatchback. The car will be available on the roads early next year in three-door form and with a five-door variant which will arrive sometime later. The electric version of the car is also expected to arrive in 2013. VW is also working on a two-cylinder turbo diesel option and it will also have a sporty version with an even weirder look than the car that was showcased at the Frankfurt this year.The car is not something out of the blue but it still has some innovations making it stand apart. The car has the Mahindra xuv500 steel monocoque body design and the usual MacPherson-strut front and torsion-beam rear suspension. The engine runs on a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol capacity with a power of 59bhp or 74bhp option. The car also comes with manual or robotised manual five-speed gear box.

The good thing about the car is it is quite smart and well designed under the skin. The car is a good buy for the usually neglected youth as well as the retired. All the car needs is a bit of kick to make sure that it is not considered like the rest of the boring and sensible small cars. The Germans always have attention for details and this shows in the making of the car as well. The Up has a neat short bonnet with equally short over hang. This results in massive interior space. The engine is quite toned and refined and has the support of some good parts and technology making for a smooth ride experience. The gearbox design is also a never seen before and weighs just 25 kgs even with a quantity of 1 litre.

On the inside, the car easily makes way for up to four adults plus their luggage with an equally large boot space of 251 litres. The Up almost matches the Polo in terms of the space. The insides are also very different with a wide range of innovations like the three-dial central binnacle in front of the driver, central dashboard carrying heating, ventilation and ancillary controls.
 
The car is not very arrogant and has a very simple and clean cut with body-coloured hard plastics. In fact the plastics look good in terms of the quality and fit well. The seats are comfy, well cushioned with contrasting trim panels on the squab and back rest. The car still seems to have something left in it even at a decent 59 bhp which is the norm in most city travels. On the long escapades the car seems quiet refined and even after being at 4Psychology Articles,000rpm and 70mph it has a decent performance. It easily touches the top speed of 100mph for the 59bhp version and 0-62mph acceleration in 14.4 sec.

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