Fine, the 2012 car was a non-BlueMotion Technology model, which is officially 0.3sec faster, but this BlueMotion is still nearly a second slower than its official (and ultimately slightly faster) official sprint. City cars aren't supposed to be rocketship quick, and this Up still feels nicely within its depth around town, but take it onto a motorway or fast A-road and it has to be thrashed hard in order to keep pace.
It's bad enough that Volkswagen is sending us another car to make a comparison. We'll figure it again and report back.
Happily, everything else about the Up's drive remains very nice indeed. It steers better than most city cars, with a precise, linear action, and while its body isn't afraid to move around under hard braking and over high-speed undulations, its damping is pleasingly sophisticated for something with this sort of price tag.
Revving out its engine - which you'll be doing a lot - brings the same addictive thrum as before, although it does come with some vibration through the controls, too. Even so, the Up still does a good job of keeping most road and tyre noise outside and can't be beaten for its high-speed stability and generally feeling bigger than its dimensions in that sense.
Inside, there's still room for four adults, if those in the back put up with their knees against rather than forced into the front seatbacks, and its 251-litre boot continues to transport the week's shopping with ease. The driver is treated to good all-round visibility, although still makes do with no steering wheel reach adjustment. Furthermore, if you're often accommodating people on your back seats, it's worth pointing out that a Hyundai i10 provides more space.
An i10 can't match the Up's interior quality or infotainment, though - at least not before it's facelifted itself later this year, that is. VW, especially in our High Up car, has nailed scaling down the look and feel of its bigger cars in this smaller package. The switchgear feels substantial, the plastics are textured and the piano black accents are classy.
Impressive, too, is the new infotainment. The 5.0in colour screen is labelled a touchscreen in VW's brochure, but it is in fact underlined by menu buttons and flanked by a couple of rotary dials, making it simple to use as well as easy on the eye. Most smartphones will fit in the supplied cradle above, and after downloading an app, effectively replaces the old car's screen by displaying sat-nav and a range of trip computer information.