VW's Cross Up! is the beefier brother of the Up! At first glance, its striking off-road look suggests good handling in an S-U-V class. The regular Up! has been out since 20-11. Now it's gone cross country as the Cross Up. But is it really possible to turn a city car into an off-roader?
Car tester Emmanuel Schäfer says, from the inside, he sees no real difference to the regular Up But from the outside, he does - a little.
The Cross Up features such typical off-road details as front and rear chrome-finished aprons.
The chassis has been raised by some 15 millimeters.
Clearly defined side skirts make for a dynamic S-U-V look.
The honeycomb grille is dominated by a plastic cladding, and the Xenon headlights give the Cross Up an adventurous air.
Also new are the standard roof rails.
To what purpose were these changes made?
Elfi Cauer of Volkswagen explains that, like the Up, the Cross Up is designed for the minicar segment, which she expects to grow in the coming years - along with the market for off-road vehicles, and optically, VW's Cross Up is following the trend.
But aside from its conspicuous design, the Cross Up remains a city car. Its three-cylinder gasoline-powered engine is the only one available. It achieves 55 kilowatts of power and a top speed of 167 K-p-H. Fuel consumption is low, at 4-point-7 liters per hundred kilometers.
Car tester Emmanuel Schäfer says, the Cross Up hardly differs from the regular Up. It only smoothes out the bumps a little better, but without sacrificing any of the driving pleasure. It's nice and zippy, and it feels good.
The Cross Up can handle some rough terrain. Its greater clearance lets it move easily off the asphalt, but nothing a whole lot more adventurous than that - no expeditions into the Australian outback, for instance, but it can hold its own on reasonably level ground.
In spite of its name, the Cross Up cuts a stylistically harmonious and confident figure.
The dashboard, painted to match the trim, frames neatly arranged switches.
The generous air vents reinforce the design's modern and sporty tendency.
Our car tester sums up:
On the whole, the Cross Up is well done. Of course, all the plastic outside and 15 millimeters extra clearance do not make an off-roader, but it is definitely suitable for dirt roads and forest tracks.
The new, more rugged design will cost about 4000 euros more than a comparable regular Up. In Germany, the Cross Up starts at just under 14-thousand euros. But a G-P-S system and A-C will add about a thousand euros to the price.