2018 Volkswagen Up GTI verdict

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?...

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Jim Holder
19 May 2016 21:0 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Should I buy one?

There’s several months 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


Rivals:

Renault Twingo GT

Suzuki Swift Sport


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