Leaner, greener VW Up on sale


The Volkswagen Up is now available with a new automatic gearbox that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Volkswagen's Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) costs £595, and is available for three- and five-door versions of the Move Up and High Up, with the exception of Bluemotion Technology variants.

The ASG is an automated version of the manual five-speed 'box, where the gearbox chooses the perfect ratio for the current road conditions. Gearshifts can also be made manually but bad luck F1 fans - there's no steering wheel-mounted paddleshift option.

Compared with manual versions of the Up, the five-speed ASG models offers lower CO2 emissions and more miles to the gallon. For example, the Move Up three-door with ASG extends the car’s average economy by 1.4mpg to 64.2, while CO2 emissions fall by 2g/km to 103g/km.

The VW Up with ASG is available to order now, with deliveries expected to start in October. The same gearbox is also available for the closely related Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo.