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Errrrr...... What shape is yours? Mine is pretty much round. Do you mean without the flat bit at the bottom?
 

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Hi Engineer. No I haven't seen a round steering wheel for the Up!, but I've seen a picture on the web, where someone has retro fitted a Polo steering wheel into theirs. Maybe you could do that?
 

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Thanks for the suggestion. It's my wife's car so unless it's a factory option or approved accessory, I doubt her insurance company will accept it.

It looks like there is one for the Seat Mii
http://seat-mii.sgpetch.co.uk/pages/accessories/detail/model=411/category=ROOT-interior/accessory=Alcantra+Candy+White+Steering+Wheel/id=13301

And also for the Skoda CitiGo
http://www.skoda.co.uk/models/HotspotDetail?HotspotName=Citigo%20-%20Three%20and%20four-spoke%20steering%20wheels&WebID=6acae8bb-c267-411b-9d43-ada59beff58c&Page=interior
 

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If you wanted to go down that route, presumably you could get the Citigo wheel and replace the badge with an appropriately sized VW one. I would also imagine that the airbag would be the difficult bit.
 

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Thanks. It's my wife's car so I'm not likely to fix it unless it annoys her too. I was just interested why the other brands of this car offer a proper steering wheel and VW chose the peculiar one.

I wonder if the EU whole vehicle type approval and Euro NCAP where done with the round steering wheel or the flat bottom wheel or both. That would be very naughty if VW have made a safety component substitution after obtaining ECWVTA simply for styling.

The Euro NCAP pictures for the VW UP! appear to show the flat bottom wheel. So VW haven't been naughty with the UP!
http://www.euroncap.com/Player.aspx?nk=0cbc1498-2240-4170-95b9-654758a1f3bb&t=2&sel=f7c7c0f6-6314-44d0-bc3e-2738d30431a6&media=windows

Oh dear. The Skoda CitiGo was not Euro NCAP tested, they just used the results from the VW UP! even though the UP! and CitiGo have different external body parts and steering wheels containing airbags.
http://www.euroncap.com/Player.aspx?nk=86a421da-9bb1-4d40-8ba1-91fb7ae39dc3&t=2&sel=833cec57-53f6-4c64-95d0-6ed0036b138a&media=windows

And the same shortcut was taken for the Seat Mii.
http://www.euroncap.com/Player.aspx?nk=4086b755-1868-4651-8811-f613645dfa34&t=2&sel=f1489a65-93cf-4acf-93e8-0382e69a5c76&media=windows

So it appears that the round steering wheels and driver airbag on the CitiGo and Mii have not actually been Euro NCAP tested. I wonder if the round steering wheels and different external body components have been type approved as a distinct Separate Technical Units (STU)?
http://www.dft.gov.uk/vca/additional/files/vehicle-type-approval/vehicle-type-approval/vca004.pdf
 

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Sounds like you have answered your own question then. Who would want a bog standard steering wheel anyway.
 

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The different shaped steering wheel & airbag assembly shouldn't really affect the euro ncap results. The steering wheels in the Mii & Citigo might fractionally alter the leg trapping aspect of things, but now euro ncap demands a collapseable steering column joint to the steering rack to avoid such circumstances. As for the different airbag shapes, this would have no effect on the actual deployment, as the basic design would be the same.

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