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VIDEO: Volkswagen Up! GTI review - world's best city car disappoints

Published 19 October 2018

The Volkswagen Up! is a five-star city car, and this GTI version is the best one. Sadly, the weight of the GTI badge makes it strangely underwhelming. 

Click play above to watch our video review...


gavsmit    on 19 October 2018

A lot of what's been said was true when the Up was launched in terms of moving the game on in the city car class but after trying the Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto to compare with the Up myself, both those cars are superior to the Up / Citigo / Mii in almost every respect.

The way they handle / ride, their performance, the space they provide, price (with easy to negotiate discounts), running costs including much longer warranties and servicing packages, all put them ahead of the Up type cars. I even think they look better and feel like higher quality products (i.e. no bare metal on display on the interiors of the doors for example).

I'm also still a bit puzzled why no motoring websites or publications have ever tested the Kia Picanto GT-Line with the new 1.0 T-GDi turbo engine, especially when the Up GTi seems to get a new road test / comparison every other week!

Honestjohn    on 20 October 2018

KIA Picanto launch road test here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/kia/kia-picanto-20.../ And it agrees with you. But you're right. We haven't tested the 1.0T-GDi.

Engineer Andy    on 22 October 2018

Essentially its a warmed-up Up! with lower profile tyres. Seemingly quite common nowadays that car manufacturers save money by putting a 'Sport' or GTi dabge on a standard car, slightly stiffen the suspension and give in bling wheels and tyres and charge 20% more for the 'priviledge'. And gullable punters line up (!) in their droves to buy one to be 'hip' etc.
Waste of money.

Tony Riches    on 22 October 2018

Not entirely fair - you do get 25 more horses and a six speed box. But I'd know that as I own one. And given that I could probably sell it for what I paid for it 9 moinths ago right now, I'd be forced to disagree with you...:-)

Dadog    on 22 October 2018

I've always felt that if the manufacturers are going to use a GTI badge, they should do it all properly. Big wide boots, belled out arches, low enough to scrape speed humps and a sound to raise the hairs on the back of your neck!

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