Volkswagen Up GTI review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 left tracking
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 front studio
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 left side studio
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 rear studio
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 front seats
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 boot open
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 left tracking
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 front studio
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 left side studio
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 rear studio
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 front seats
  • Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

 

The Up GTI is one of the cheapest routes into hot-hatch ownership, costing about the same as the entry-level Abarth 595 and less than a Suzuki Swift Sport. However, the 595 gets considerably more expensive depending on which version and spec you go for, while the Up GTI allows you to add some inexpensive options as you choose. It’s also very cheap on a monthly PCP finance deal. 

Overview

It’s hard not to be entertained by the cheeky little Up GTI. It’s chirpy little three-cylinder engine serves up just enough performance to be interesting, while its slick gearbox and precise, meaty steering allow you to make the most of its grippy chassis. A bargain price and low running costs appeal, although there are sharper, more involving hot hatches out there.

  • Gutsy turbocharged engine
  • Precise steering and grippy chassis
  • One of the cheapest hot hatchbacks you can buy
  • Lumpy ride around town
  • No real infotainment system
  • Low Euro NCAP rating
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