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VW Up GTI price revealed: and it's cheaper than you'd expect

Published: 18 January 2018 Updated: 18 January 2018

► New VW Up GTI 
► Powered by 113bhp turbo
► Just £13,750 to start 

Volkswagen has just released UK prices for the VW Up GTI, and we’ve actually got some good news. Despite its good looks and promised performance, Volkswagen’s new mini hot-hatch will start at a very reasonable £13,750.

That figures gets you an entry-level three-door version of Volkswagen’s new hot hatch, but you can always upgrade to a five-door version for just £14.150. At just £400 more, it’s also not a huge increase on the base model – which is a bonus.

Read our full review of the new VW Up GTI

What’s more, at just under £1000 more than the current range-topping up, the Up GTI is looking better and better. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about VW’s mini-hatch, and we’ll have our full review of the car up very soon.

Inside the cabin of the new 2018 VW Up GTI

New VW Up GTI: everything you need to know

The small Volkswagen pocket rocket is back! You’re looking at the new VW Up GTI warm hatch, unveiled ahead of its showroom launch in early 2018.

It’s the go-faster treat for this year’s Worthersee hot hatch festival in Austria, heavily sponsored by the Volkswagen group.

113bhp… So the new VW Up GTI isn’t that hot?

No. But Wolfsburg is keen to point out it’s similar in concept to the original 1976 Mk1 VW Golf GTI, which boasted a humble 109bhp. You can see the new Up GTI alongside the original Golf hot hatch in an official video below.


The new 2018 Up GTI is powered by the company’s turbocharged 999cc three-cylinder TSI engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, making 113bhp and a sturdy 170lb ft of torque. Thanks to a low 997kg kerbweight, it’s enough for 0-62mph in 8.8sec. VW claims a top speed of 122mph.

You’ll spot the GTI by its red stripes in the honeycomb radiator grille, GTI badging, chunky 17-inch alloys wearing low-profile sporting rubber and go-faster stripes. Choose from a three- or five-door bodystyle.

Will the VW Up GTI handle?

The ride height is dropped by 15mm and there’s a modest roof spoiler to provide greater downforce, although we suspect this is more cosmetic than functional at this level of the marketplace.

And inside – rejoice! – there’s the same tartan seat trim you’ll find in big brother, the Golf GTI. Note also the sporting, leather-wrapped steering wheel and red, pebble-dashed trim adorning the dashboard.

Read our full review of the new VW Up GTI

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words