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2020 Volkswagen Up! GTI - New VW GTI

The VW Up GTI may be a small city car, but it’s big fun. Like the regular Up, it’s surprisingly spacious inside for a car that’s not much bigger than an American-style fridge, but the GTI’s more powerful engine and sporty suspension give it the ability to hurtle down a twisty road far more quickly than you’d think.

You can tell the GTI apart from the regular VW Up by way of a GTI badge on the front grille, boot and front wings, red stripes across the grille and boot, sporty alloys and a pair of black stripes down each side. The boxy shape remains, but you get a surprisingly big spoiler for even more sporty looks.

Inside there are lots of visual tweaks too – VW Golf GTI-style tartan cloth seats, a red and black gear knob, red stitching on the steering wheel and even red mood lighting across the dashboard remind you that you’re in the fastest Up ever. You get a small five-inch colour screen that controls the air-con and other functions, and a cradle for your smartphone – on which you can download VW’s Maps + More app to display MPG data, sat-nav software and trip data. It’s a bit of a fiddly system though, and you’re better off using your phone’s normal navigation apps.

More practical is the fact that you can get the VW Up GTI as a three-door or five-door car, and it’s the latter you’ll want if you plan to use the back seats with any regularity. Your passengers will find back-seat space is the same as the regular VW Up – it’s okay for two regular-size adults, and they won’t be rubbing shoulders because there are only two seats back there. You get the same 251-litre boot space as in the regular VW Up, so you can carry a few soft bags.
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