Volkswagen Up GTI (2018–)

Model History

January 2018

Volkswagen Up GTI goes on sale

The concept and power output of the 115 PS Up GTI are broadly in line with the Golf GTI Mk1 unveiled in 1976 (110 S). Carefully judged dynamics and a good dose of power see the new 1070 kg Up GTI pay a modern day tribute to Volkswagen’s original hot hatch icon.

Building on the already impressive dynamics of the existing Up, the new GTI adds a 115 PS 1.0 TSI three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, greater downforce on the rear axle, sports running gear lowered by around 15mm versus the standard car, and typical GTI insignia inside and out.

The 999cc three cylinder 12v petrol engine offers up its 115PS power peak at 5000 rpm – up to 5500 rpm – while the peak torque figure of 200Nm arrives between 2000 rpm and 3500 rpm.

The 8.8 second 0-62 mph time and top speed of 122 mph are firmly in keeping with its iconic hot hatch predecessor.

The fuel consumption and emission levels of the Up GTI have been determined based on the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure). The RDE (Real Driving Emissions) tests are also new. Over the combined cycle the WLTP as applied to the Up produces consumption figures of 49.6mpg to 50.4mpg while CO2 emissions stand at 129 – 127 g/km.

Inside, the four-seat UP GTI features classic ‘Jacara’ tartan seat fabric, GTI door sill panel trims, a special GTI gear knob and a multifunction steering wheel specific to the GTI with red stitching and the GTI logo in the vertical spoke

It also has a significantly enhanced set of standard features. In addition to the GTI insignia inside and out the car gains a Composition Colour radio system, six loudspeakers, a USB interface, air conditioning, heated seats, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, and front fog lights with static cornering lights

The Up GTI three-door is priced from £13,750 RRP OTR, with the five-door version costing £14,150 RRP OTR.

January 2020

Volkswagen Up GTI updated for 2020

The Volkswagen Up GTI has returned to sale, refreshed for 2020 as part of a significant enhancement of the whole Up range.

Prices for the refreshed Up GTI start at £15,895 for the three-door model and £16,295 for the five-door.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch ‘Oswald’ alloy wheels, GTI badging and the hallmark ‘Jacara’ checked cloth upholstery, as well as ambient lighting.

What does a Volkswagen Up GTI (2018) cost?

List Price from £16,540
Contract hire from £210.80 per month