The Volkswagen up! GTI is back after a short hiatus as its production allocation was fulfilled. It was also withdrawn to coincide with the transition to WLTP emissions testing in the UK. But the up! is back on sale and will be the first Volkswagen product in the UK to wear the marques newly redesigned logo.
“The up! GTI is the perfect example of Volkswagen catering for enthusiasts and regular car buyers alike – the GTI has attracted numerous fans thanks to its unique blend of everyday practicality and usable performance. So we haven’t messed with the formula” said Lisa Hartley, up! Product Manager.
In fact, it isn’t just the GTI variant that gets mint for 2020 but rather the whole up! range gets revised. These changes include the new safety equipment and trim levels such the multifunction camera with lane assist, curtain airbags and a smartphone cradle.
The up! GTI keeps its characterful 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine that’s mated to a 6-speed stick shifter. Drive is still sent to the front wheels. It’s also available in 3 and 5-door body styles. It gets the brand’s hallmark ‘Jacara’ checked cloth upholstery, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and 17-inch ‘Oswald’ alloy wheels. There are changes further down the up! range as well.
The up! gets a new trim level – R-Line, which sits below the range-topping GTI. This trim will bring styling features inspired by Volkswagen’s top-rung performance models. For example, it will receive a bespoke R-Line bumper, 16-inch black ‘Triangle’ alloy wheels, blacked out trim elements, a lowered ride height and heated front seats.
Sitting beneath that trim level is the Beats variant which basically gets 15-inch wheels, red or black trim, Beats badging and (obviously) a 300-watt sound system which includes an underfloor-mounted subwoofer from the audio specialist.
Another trim level offered by Volkswagen are called the White and Black editions. These cars will sport coloured trim highlights, a colour-coded roof, wing mirror covers and dash pads. It sits on 16-inch ‘La Boca’ alloy wheels and available exclusively in five-door form.
Thereafter, it’s the entry-level variant which is available in both 3 and 5-door body styles. Those cars will get 15-inch ‘Fortaleza’ alloy wheels, a five-inch screen displaying infotainment with smartphone compatibility and DAB radio. A fully-electric BEV variant of the up! is also underway and is slated to be revealed later this year.
“Simplicity is the word for the up!, with a rationalised specification range, and streamlined engine line-up reflecting its versatility. The addition of new technologies sees the up! range continuing to set the standard for the city car class. Despite its small size, it is a great example of how Volkswagen offers more customer choice than its rivals, with economical and stylish petrol options, a fully electric BEV and a highly-acclaimed hot hatch all within the same model range” continued Hartley.