New Volkswagen up! has over 63,000 customisation options

The facelifted Volkswagen up! is on sale starting from £8,995, with an electric version and a new 89bhp turbo too

The facelifted and refreshed Volkswagen up! went on sale back in July and since then Volkswagen has introduced the updated e-up! – the all-electric version of its city car – as well as a new range topping petrol engine.

The e-up starts from £20,780 after the £4,500 government grant, while the new 89bhp 1.0-litre TSI engine is now available, priced from £11,350.  

The e-up! packs an 80bhp electric motor, which provides enough pace to propel the e-up! from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 80mph. It boasts a range of 93 miles between charges - a very slight improvement on its predecessors 90 miles. Surprisingly despite the 230kg battery pack the e-up! is actually the lightest car in the up! range, at just 1,139kg thanks to extensive weight-saving measures.

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The up! range starts from £8,995, which will net you a Take up! fitted with the 59bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine. The range consists of Move up! and High up! models above this, with the e-up! sitting at the top of the range in price terms.

For £8,995, you'll get a Take up! with the 59bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine. All cars feature the basic 'Composition' infotainment system, electric windows, remote central locking and driver's seat height adjustment. The mid-range Move up! model has 15-inch alloys, a touchscreen infotainment system and Bluetooth connectivity, while the top-spec High up! has sat-nav, a multi-function steering wheel and a detailed trip computer. e-up! models are based on top-spec High up! trim, and also add Volkswagen Car-Net app functionality, which allows you to check charge, review journeys and alter functions like the air-conditioning from your phone.

The standard 1.0-litre engine comes in either 59bhp or 74bhp form, and both have a BlueMotion Technology version that keeps CO2 under the magical 100g/km tax bracket.

The all-new 1.0-litre TSI engine has 89bhp and 160Nm of torque, which helps it go from 0-62mph in 10 seconds and on to a top speed of 115mph. It still manages 64.2mpg, however, and that should mean CO2 emissions of around 102g/km. The turbo joins the existing 59bhp and 74bhp 1.0-litre engines in the range, as well as the 80bhp e-up!. European markets also get a 67bhp eco up! model, but that's unlikely to be offered in the UK.

LED daytime running lights start off the exterior changes, with some new rear lights, door mirrors, a rear diffuser and redesigned bumpers contributing to the up!'s new look. The foglamps get a cornering function, too, and there are indicator lights inside the door mirrors.

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Inside, the revised up! gets new seats, extra colours for the dashboard, a multifunction steering wheel and a new air-conditioning system with an integrated air filter. Smartphone integration has been extended, too, with the facelifted car benefiting from some new functions for the infotainment system that are controlled via your phone. There's a new up! beats trim level as well, complete with a branded speaker system.

There are also a handful of new customisation options for the new up!, including 13 colours, nine sticker designs, three roof colours and two interior colours. In top-spec models you can add coloured ambient lights inside the car, too.

Volkswagen is keen to stress how customisable the latest version of its city car is, highlighting the 63,180 potential variations it is available in. New wheel colour options such as black, orange and golden beige are now offered, alongside a range of new interior customisation packs. 

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Standard kit now includes LED lights and remote central locking, while move up! cars get a USB port, a bigger 5-inch display and a new smartphone-enabled radio system. The high up! trim features the ambient lights, heated seats, buttons on the steering wheel and 15-inch alloy wheels. 

The new VW up! is available to order now, with TSI engine orders starting from August. It's priced from £8,995.

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