Volkswagen shows off five-door Up

Volkswagen has taken the covers off the five-door version of its Up city car, but the new design will not be on sale until March.

The three-door model is already available to order, but the new five-door version does have a few subtle differences. The front doors are shorter to help accommodate the rear ones, while the rear bench seat is set some 72mm higher than the front seats, affording passengers a better view of the road.

As a result, rear headroom is reduced by 46mm, but the roof lining is thought to be thinner at the back of the car so rear passengers do not lose the full seven centimetres.

Like with the three-door model, the five-door Up can be purchased with City Emergency Braking, which stops the car in the event of a predicted collision with the rear of a stationary car.

Volkswagen has yet to reveal prices for the five-door model, but a three-door version can be picked up for £7,999 on the road.

Copyright Press Association 2012