The four-door version of Volkswagen’s Up! subcompact goes on sale in Germany this may, the automaker announced today. The four-door model offers the same engine options, available features, trim levels, and dimensions as the two-door version, but makes it a bit easier for rear occupants to get in and out of the backseat.
Volkswagen will begin advanced sales of the car starting on March 6, with a full rollout in Germany happening in May. The four-door Up! will launch throughout Europe by early summer. Volkswagen is expecting more than half of all Up! buyers to opt for the four-door version. Like the two-door version, the latest addition to the Up! family gets 1.0-liter I-3 engine producing either 60 or 75 hp, depending on equipment level. The four-door version will also receive the same trim levels, which include take up!, move up!, high up!, black up!, and white up!. Pricing for the subcompact starts at 10,325 euros (around $13,340), which represents a price increase of 475 euros (roughly $614) over the two-door Up!, according to VW.
The look of the car is predictably similar to the Cross Up! concept that debuted at Frankfurt last year. The car maintains the same dimensions as the two-door, but gets a few minor revisions to its styling to accommodate the added rear doors. On the two-door car, the bottom of the rear quarter window rises to form more of a point. That window is now part of the door on this car, and is perfectly straight on the bottom as it connects the B- and C-pillars.
VW says the rear doors open wide and offer comfortable entry to the rear seats, which can accommodate two passengers. Those seats offer 37.3 inches of rear headroom and 31.1 inches of legroom, according to VW. The cargo area provides 8.9 cubic-feet of luggage space, which can be increased to nearly 33.6 cubic-feet when the rear seats are folded down.
The four-door Up! also gets optional features like Volkswagen’s City Emergency Braking system, which can apply the brakes automatically when a collision is imminent at speeds up to 18 mph. Volkswagen says the Up! is the first car in its class to offer such a feature. Also available is VW’s maps+more portable navigation and infotainment system. The system features a touchscreen interface, and includes navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, info display, and a media player all in one portable unit.
Though Europeans will now get to enjoy two versions of Volkswagen’s A-segment hatchback, there are still no plans to bring the Up! stateside. Do you think VW should change its mind and offer up the Up!? Let us know in the comments section below.