German brand’s smallest family member gets sporty design package for those who want some extra show without the extra go.

The pint-sized Volkswagen Up! has been the latest model in the company’s range to get its sporty R-Line treatment, filling the gap between the core range and the full-fat GTI variant.

Offered as an optional package, the Up! R-Line gets a unique front bumper design with chrome fog-light surrounds, body coloured side sills, ‘R-Line’ badging, black roof and mirror caps, rear privacy glass, and 16-inch gloss-black alloy wheels.

Buyers can also take things a step further and opt for larger 17-inch wheels, which are available in ‘black’ or ‘glossy black’. It appears the interior remains unchanged from the base car, with Volkswagen not mentioning any trim or equipment upgrades for the cabin nor providing any images.

A range of three-cylinder petrol engines is offered for the Up! range, alongside the all-electric e-Up!. The most powerful non-performance version of the Up! gets a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-pot petrol making 66kW of power.

Pricing for the R-Line package kicks off at €795 ($1292), and is now available to order in overseas markets, namely Europe.

Australia

The Up! was dropped from the local line-up back in 2014 due to slow sales and the lack of an automatic option.