First Drive

2018 Volkswagen Up GTI verdict and specs

We try a prototype of the VW Up GTI, more than a year ahead of its launch. Does this Suzuki Swift Sport rival look like being worth the wait?

Words ByJim Holder

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Volkswagen Up GTI nose

Should I buy one?

There’s still more than a year to go until the Volkswagen Up GTI goes into production, but we’ve learnt enough from this prototype drive to be rather excited.

Of course, it isn’t eye-wateringly fast, but it has enough power to entertain on the straights and sharp enough handling to put a smile on your face through the corners.

The price – as yet unrevealed – will be key of course, and early indications suggest the Up will cost a bit more than the Suzuki Swift Sport. However, it should undercut more powerful rivals such as the Ford Fiesta ST by a sizeable margin.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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Renault Twingo GT

Suzuki Swift Sport

2018 VW Up GTI

Engine size 1.0-litre turbo petrol

Price from Β£15,000 (est)

Power 114bhp

Torque tbc

0-62mph 8.8sec

Top speed 119mph

Fuel economy tbc

CO2 emissions tbc

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