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Return of the Up! GTI brings revision on other models

VW Up! GTI. Image: Supplied

MILTON KEYNES, England – The Volkswagen up! GTI (above) has returned to the market, refreshed for 2020 as part of what VW calls ”a significant enhancement of the whole Up! range”.

Revisions include new safety equipment, new trim, and a claimed accolade of being the first model in the UK to wear the new VW badge. The cars are already on sale in the UK at prices starting fromOrders open today, with the entry-level up! trim starting at the equivalent of R230 000.

Volkswagen’s smallest car (it won more awards in the UK in 2019 than any other model in the brand’s range) – is back for the new decade.

”Not only is the new Up! the first model in the UK to wear the new VW logo,” the automaker says, ”but more standard kit is offered, such as a multifunction camera with lane-keeping, curtain crash-mitigation bags, and a smartphone cradle.”

VW Up! Image: Supplied

The Up! GTI keeps its 80kW, one-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine. Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, the GTI can reach 100km/h in 8.8sec.

The second petrol engine in the Up! range is the 45kW, one-litre, three-cylinder and then there’s the improved e-Up! pure-electric vehicle – with a vastly increased possible range of 260km – will be available to order soon.

(For Safricans, eee-up means ”slow down” in northern English slang.)

Change starts with the standard Up! which has new, ”generously-equipped”, trim. The entry-level car, fitted with 15” Fortaleza alloy wheel rims, a 13cm colour screen, smartphone navigation interface, and DAB radio, is now simply named Up! and is available in three- or five-door shells.


White and Black Edition versions bring 16” La Boca rims with black or white highlights, as well as a painted roof, mirror housings and dash pads finished in the corresponding colour. The White and Black Editions are available only as a five-door. Three-door versions are reserved for the GTI and entry units.

The Beats specification continues, identifiable by its 15” Radial alloy rims, red or black external mirror housings, and Beats badging. The cabin has a 300W sound system that includes an under-boot-floor sub-woofer.

New to the Up! range for 2020 is an R-Line specification that has sporty features from VW R sub-brand, 16” black alloy rins as standard and 17” Polygon alloys an option. They also have a black roof and external mirror housings. Front foul-weather lights sit in the R-Line bumper and R-Line badging completes the package.

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The Up! R-Line sits lower on a lowered suspension and has high-end R-Line receives comfort features such as heated front seats alongside electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors.

At the top of the line-up is the GTI, which returns with 17” ‘Oswald’ alloy rims, GTI badging and the hallmark ‘Jacara’ checked cloth upholstery, as well as ambient lighting. This compact hot hatch’s winning package of usable everyday performance, GTI heritage and low running costs have, VW says, won it many fans since its introduction in 2017.

The Up! GTI will be available in various countries in both three- and five-door body styles.

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