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GTI range expands with VW up! GTI addition

GTI range expands with VW up! GTI addition


The new VW up! GTI proves that you don’t have to be big to be powerful. This compact performance car joins other VW GTI cars.

Meet the VW GTI Range

Think GTI and you'll no doubt be thinking about Volkswagen.  Check out the VW GTI range below.

VW up! GTI

In the car world, you don’t have to be big to be powerful.  The new Volkswagen up! GTI is a case in point!

The VW up! is Volkswagen’s smallest performance car. It might look like a compact runabout but it hides a few surprises under the bonnet.

The up! GTI uses the standard car’s new 1.0-litre TSI engine, though at 115PS, this new model has an extra 25PS to play with. Torque has been significantly increased too - the GTI makes an extra 70nm of torque from its turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.

up! GTI parked in city

Though the individual styling of the up! makes it stand out from other superminis, the entire range has been gifted redesigned bumpers and new tail lights.

The up! GTI adds to these stylistic changes with signature red striping on the radiator grille and boot, black double striping on the side skirts and sporty, red brake calipers sitting behind stylish multi-spoke 17” wheels. A small roof spoiler, black wing mirrors and retuned suspension that makes the car sit 15mm lower for a more sporting, aggressive look complete the up! GTI’s redesign.

The up! GTI will also benefit from all of the features of the updated VW up! range including the ‘Maps + More’ dock for your smartphone. It connects via bluetooth and once paired, the phone uses the Volkswagen app to become an infotainment device, with navigation and onboard computer.

The feisty little 3-cylinder turbocharged engine fitted to the new Volkswagen up! GTI provides it with enough oomph to fire it to 62mph in 8.8sec, and on to a top speed of 123mph. The lowered suspension, larger wheels and uprated brakes all contribute to a more focused driving experience.

The VW up! GTI has been compared heavily to the first generation Golf GTI and for good reason. They both weigh under a tonne and produce almost exactly the same power. This bestows both models with similar acceleration and top speeds. The newer car does benefit from the extra torque its turbocharged motor produces - it gives the up! a wider powerband, offers better fuel economy and lower emissions.

Inside, VW’s new baby-GTI features a range of model specific styling cues such as ‘Clark’ tartan seats, a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel and a GTI gearknob. There’s also a range of useful features such as climate control, reversing camera, electrically adjustable heated seats and mirrors.


Powered by a 192PS 1.8-litre TSI engine, the Polo GTI can rip from 0-62mph in 6.7sec and carry on to an impressive top speed of 146mph. Despite this creditable performance, Volkswagen has still managed to engineer the Polo GTI to be capable of in excess of 47mpg and emissions as low as 129g/km.

Polo GTI side

Volkswagen had to match the Polo GTI’s performance-oriented powertrain with some equally serious chassis upgrades to help put its power on the road. The XDS+ electronic differential features as do larger 17” ‘Parabolica’ alloy wheels, front and rear disc brakes and sports suspension, giving the car a 15mm reduction in ride height. These changes stiffen the car, helping it to reduce body roll and improve stability during spirited driving.

To mark the Polo GTI out as a performance car, a number of styling and interior changes accompany the more focused powertrain and chassis.

A ‘GTI styling pack’ is standard along with darkened rear light clusters, LED headlights, tinted windows and red brake calipers. Twin exhaust tailpipes and GTI badging complete the exterior, while the inside is made more special by a leather gearknob, handbrake and ‘GTI’ multi-function steering wheel, with black headlining, sun visors and grab handles completing the sporty look.


Probably the most well known GTI offered by VW is the Golf. Volkswagen differentiates the Golf GTI from the standard car in a number of ways: exterior styling, interior styling, engine and chassis.

Red Golf GTI driving

There have been seven distinct generations of VW’s iconic performance hatchback and though they started out with a modest 120PS, even the standard GTI (without Performance Pack) now packs a powerful 230PS punch.

Externally, the Golf GTI gets a thorough working over to distinguish it from its lesser siblings.

There are deeper, more aggressive bumpers and side skirts, LED headlights with dynamic curve lighting and darkened LED rear lights, GTI badging, a roof spoiler and 18” ‘Parker’ alloy wheels.

Red striping adorns the radiator grille and headlights in a nod to the styling of the original GTI. Choose from 10 different paint finishes and the option of three different styles of alloy wheels to personalise your GTI, just the way you like it.

Inside, you’ll find sportier, tartan seats in the true GTI style, a GTI-specific steering wheel and gearknob, and stainless steel pedals. To ensure great value, a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel comes as standard along with a 6.5” touchscreen featuring Discover Navigation and Car-Net App Connect, allowing the driver to use MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Being the performance versions, all Golf GTIs undergo a thorough transformation in the drivetrain and chassis departments.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine is an evolution of the previous model’s powerplant, producing the same 230PS and 258lb/ft of torque as its predecessor with the Performance Pack fitted. In the newest version, the Performance Pack adds an extra 15PS and 15lb/ft, reducing the 0-62mph sprint by 0.2sec and providing an extra hit of power throughout the rev range.

A choice of manual and DSG transmissions are available for the standard Golf GTI and the Performance Pack equipped option. The lower power car gets a 6-speed DSG gearbox while the Performance Pack car features a new 7-speed DSG.

Chassis-wise, the Golf GTI gets revised suspension, bigger brakes and XDS+ to cope with the more fiery engine. The optional Adaptive Chassis Control improves the handling further by adding stiffer damping, heavier, more sporty steering, sharper throttle response and a looser ESP system.

Together the Volkswagen GTIs make a formidable team.  Head down to Volkswagen in Crewe or Wrexham and get your hot-hatch fix today!

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