ON TEST WITH
VW UP! GTi. Prices from £13,855 (three door)
A happy New Year to you all. My first review of 2019 is my own car the VW UP! GTi.
Of course, I’m not going to be biased at all and I will just give you the facts which are simple.
The VW UP! GTi is a brilliant little car that ticks all the boxes.
Yes, it has its faults such as the little bracket they give you in place of a proper sat-nav system but I can forgive that because everything else is perfect.
Power and Efficiency: The UP! GTi is available in a three or five door version with a 999cc 115PS petrol engine that is one of the best small turbo units I have come across in recent years from VW.
Fuel consumption is also around the 50+mpg range. Top speed is around 122mph but who drives that fast anyway? 0-62 will arrive in around 8.8sec. Plus I know what you are all thinking, is it slow?
Not a chance, it’s brilliant and it goes like nothing on earth for a small car. Of course, it’s not as fast as the Abarth 595 but it’s so much more fun to drive which makes it worth taking the hit when it comes to power output.
On the road: The little UP! is a scream. It’s easy to drive and feels brilliant for such a small car. I used to own a Fiat 500 and I have to say the little UP! is as good as the Fiat. Remember this is not a race car, it’s a road warrior that also looks good. For the handling alone, I would give it four out of five.
Design & Technology: The interior is a little bland but functional. I like the GTi covered dash panel and I think the centre speedo gives it a better feel overall. The seats are also very good and hold you very firm but I do think they could have been a little better but for the price, I can see why this was not possible. There is an array of kit which is streets ahead when it comes to style and specification.
The eye-catching exterior is designed to turn heads with 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.
You also get the classic GTi jacara cloth seating, plus ambient lighting, antenna for AM/FM reception, anti-theft wheel bolts, black headliner, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices, carpet mats front and rear, chrome trim on air conditioning panel and light switch surround, composition phone, digital radio reception, driver and front passenger air bags, driver seat height adjustment, electric windows, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors and ESC (Electronic Stability Control).
To sum up: The UP! GTi is a great little car for doing the school run and for all the times when you need to nip into town or venture further afield.
There is no doubt in my mind the UP! GTi will live with you for a long time and you will instantly replace it with another. To be honest, it will make you feel happy every time you turn the key.