Volkswagen Up GTI review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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RRP £16,140What Car? Target Price from£15,605

Introduction

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There are some who will try to claim that the Volkswagen Up GTI is ‘the spiritual successor to the original Mk1 Golf GTI’. On paper, it does certainly have a strong case, with the same amount of horsepower and a similar size and structure as that iconic classic. While it might be slightly optimistic to immediately crown it with such glory, there’s no denying the little hot-hatch tries hard to make its big brother proud. 

While the standard Volkswagen Up is a wholesome value car, the fact it’s only available with a 59bhp engine or, in e-Up form, an electric motor, means it doesn’t necessarily appeal to any driver for whom driving excitement is a priority. The Up GTI, though, provides enough to escape from the city car class altogether; instead, it competes against mini hot-hatch rivals such as the Abarth 595 and Suzuki Swift Sport.


The GTI is available in three and five-door guises, and is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 113bhp; that’s considerably down on the 127bhp offered by the Swift Sport or the 143bhp from the Abarth 595. But is that fact enough for the Up GTI to be dismissed as nothing more than a wannabe? Or, where having fun is concerned, are we looking at a cut-price alternative to the bigger, feistier Ford Fiesta ST or Honda Civic Type R?

Read to find out how the Up GTI fares against the competition. And, whichever new car you end up sold on, head to our New Car Deals pages for a hassle-free deal at a great price.

At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel typespetrol
MPG range across all versions51.4 - 51.4
Avaliable doors options3
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles

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