Order books open for VW up! GTI  12 | 02 | 2018

    VOLKSWAGEN’S NEW POCKET ROCKET, the up! GTI, is now available to order from Scottish dealerships. Prices start at £13,750, an you can have it on a 47-month PCP at £139. (Related: Roadtest — VW T-Roc 1.0TSI)

    Sitting alongside the recently-launched new Polo GTI and award-winning Golf GTI and Golf GTI Performance, the up! GTI is available in  three- or five-door bodystyles with one, generous, level of specification.

    It’s powered by the most potent petrol engine yet offered in the model range: a turbocharged, three cylinder, 1.0-litre (999 cc) TSI which offers up to 115PS (5000 – 5500 rpm) and up to 200 Nm of torque (2000 – 3500rpm).

    This urge is channelled to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, and enables the newcomer to sprint from rest to 62 mph in 8.8 seconds and press on to a top speed of 122mph. In economy tests (NEDC, combined cycle) the new up! returns 58.9mpg, equating to 110g/km of CO2.


    Tipping the scales at only 1070 kg, and with a sports suspension set-up lowered by 15mm versus that of the standard car, the up! GTI is as agile as it is engaging with a spirit that conjures up the spirit of the original MkI Golf GTI of 1976 – which today’s up! broadly matches for size and performance.

    Styled inside and out to be an unmistakable member of the modern day GTI fraternity, the up! GTI boasts the famous GTI badge front and rear, along with other details synonymous with the GTI such as the sporty honeycomb front grille, darkened side windows at the rear and bright red brake callipers.


    There are also red trim strips front and rear, bold 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome tipped exhaust and sporty twin side stripes that recall the styling of the original ‘70s Golf hot hatch.

    Paint colours are also reminiscent of the Golf that started it all: “pure white”, “red”, “dark silver metallic” and “black pearl” are the options available with the roof of white, red and silver. up! GTIs are optionally available in contrasting “black”.


    Inside, this sporty up! is distinguished by both traditional and modern GTI trademarks. From the recognisable ‘Jakara Red’ checked cloth trim on the sports seats (front) to the GTI gearknob and flat-bottomed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel — leather-bound and featuring contrasting red stitching — as well as the red ambient lighting and ‘Red 2D Pixel’ dashpad, the up! makes a real style statement.


    Creature comforts are present in spades in the cheeky new hot hatch too, of course, with Volkswagen’s Composition Colour radio system with five-inch colour screen, 4x20W output via six loudspeakers, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, a USB interface, air conditioning, heated seats, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, and front fog lights with static cornering lights all standard fit.


    The up! GTI is also one of the first Volkswagen cars to launch with a close-coupled petrol particulate filter. Its use reduces particulate emissions by up to 95%. After flowing through the turbocharger, the exhaust gas gets fed directly into the particulate filter, which, with its special coating, also works in parallel as a regular catalytic converter.


    Welcoming the arrival of the newest member of the VW GTI clan Geraldine Ingham, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “The buzz around our newest GTI is remarkable, and rightly so. This is a wonderful little hot hatch that simply makes driving truly fun once again.

    “The fact it is so accessibly priced, and yet so generously equipped, will I’m sure only add to our charming new little pocket rocket’s irresistible appeal.”

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    Jim McGill


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