Volkswagen up GTI
Volkswagen UP GTI simply resurrects the spirit of original 1976’s GTI, It is lighter & basic hatchback with modern touches just like back in the day.
When I say hatchbacks it means small little fun car that can get you around the city without worrying to park or turn. However nowadays hatchbacks come with luxury embedded to them having more legroom, more power and features added to it. Now obviously it’s more convenient for people to buy. However the hatchbacks for years have evolved into heavier bodies leading to bigger engine and options adding a lot of weight. In other words of a person who likes the vehicle as it drives instead of having climate control, are the hatchbacks really what they used to be back in the day? Apparently not. With bigger hatchbacks such as Volkswagen own Golf GTI, Mazda 3 and Honda Civic Si, when you look at these cars they are particularly not smaller, fitter and lighter anymore.
Henceforth here comes the Volkswagen UP GTI saving the day and fitting the old definition of what the original GTI used to be 44 years back. It’s lighter, smaller and fun to drive in the city without much hassle. The UP is smallest vehicle produced by Volkswagen also the cheapest one. It’s indeed a proper city car.
Engine & Performance:
Volkswagen UP GTI has got 1.0L engine with three-cylinders. The 6-speed manual does the job good delivering decent shifting to engine for good throttle response. The VW UP GTI 2019 makes about 113 BHP @5000 rpm with 148 lb-ft@2000 rpm of torque. It’s actually not bad considering it goes from 0-62 mph in 8.8 seconds. Yes it’s not faster but then it’s not heavier either so less weight enables it to drive smoothly. The VW UP GTI 2019 according to official information does 58.9 mpg but in real world it does about 55.8 mpg which is quite good.
On the inside the Volkswagen UP GTI 2019 has got the dashboard in respective color to vehicle or you can get black. The steering wheel is nice round shaped with VW logo on it whereas the plastics feel good in the areas where you often touch. The cabin is spacious to accommodate a 6-feet tall person comfortably in the front, whereas the clever and thoughtful packaging in the rear also accommodates the passengers without sliding and grumbling. On the center it has small unit for some basic display features. The panel overall is shaped into a one-square like fashion but with curves around the edges. While it’s not the top notch, but it gives the UP go.
Still Lack Basic Features of Modern Days:
Fortunately enough none of the components in interior feel cheap or give an inexpensive vibe. The build and finish quality in the interior overall is as it should be in Volkswagen. Therefore the UP GTI has nice finishing and plastering done to it in the price range it comes.
The five-inch infotainment screen can be operated by buttons only. You get radio, electric front windows, and auxiliary socket for music devices. There is no navigation, satellite navigation or even trip commuter. However VW solves this problem by providing an app called “Maps + more” which lets your mobile device do all the functions including navigation and stuff. The top trim level gets a case attached on dashboard to put your device in landscape. You also get central locking in the inside.
The higher trim level such as the GTI and other models in UP get somewhat posh features such as beats audio system, alloy wheels and some of the upscale stuff. However this comes with the additional price and packages. The Alloys are pretty much standard for the GTI.
Volkswagen UP starts at £9,240 and goes up to £14,725 for the GTI version. The GTI version obviously is more powered and faster than the other ones so it’s more fun to drive as well. The UP GTI is really a hatchback which represents how seriously the Volkswagen understand the city problems with limited space to park and roam around. The Volkswagen UP GTI will glide through tights patches without making you feel slow. It indeed is a fun little hatchback as a reflection from past how the small cars used to be.