New Volkswagen Up GTI vs Abarth 595

Volkswagen had added some spice to the city car class with the sporty new Up GTI. The car it has to beat is the Abarth 595

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Infotainment systems

Abarth 595

As standard, the 595 has a tiddly 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system with 3.5mm and USB inputs, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and support for a variety of apps. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are optional, as is a bigger 7.0in screen with sat-nav. We’d recommend this, because the 5.0in unit is low in resolution and its icons are too small. At least it’s mounted high up, is pretty responsive and has useful shortcut buttons surrounding it.

Volkswagen Up GTI

To get the best out of the Up GTI’s infotainment system, you’ll need an Android or Apple smartphone with Volkswagen’s Maps+More app. This connects to the car via a USB port behind the dash-top phone cradle and provides sat-nav, music and driving data. The app is responsive and easy to use, but the bigger your phone’s screen, the better. The Up GTI also has a screen that controls the DAB radio and other functions, which include Bluetooth.

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