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VW UP! GTI DRIVEN IN THE UK – DOES IT LIVE ‘UP’ TO THE HYPE??

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THIS WAS THE FIRST UK TEST DRIVE ON YOU TUBE AND IS BY AN ACCREDITED MOTORING WRITER AND EXPERIENCED GTI OWNER
http://www.andrewchapple.com

THANKS TO LEE AND THE TEAM AT CHELTENHAM VW FOR SUPPLYING THE TEST CAR. CALL THEM ON 01242 362859 FOR A TEST DRIVE.
VISIT http://upgti.com FOR ALL 3 OF OUR UP! GTI FILMS, HUNDREDS OF IMAGES & THE OFFICIAL PRICE LIST INCLUDINGS OPTIONS
The Up! GTI press launch took place on 18/1/18 in Monaco but rather than go to the sunny South of France I waited just 5 days and thanks to Cheltenham VW was able to test drive the car on more representative muddy, greasy UK roads. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this car (CAR magazine gave it a 5 star verdict for example) so it was a genuinely interesting process deducing if all the praise was really justified. As a GTI driver for over 2 decades I think I have a good idea of what a proper GTI should be like and in this video I decide whether the Up! GTI is worthy of those legendary 3 letters on its rump. I should point out the roads were very slippery and the Goodyear tyres very new so I was unable to provide an ultimate verdict on grip and steering feel but everything else is covered – any questions feel free to post comments I will answer them as best as I can.
Clarifications:
I am six foot tall and as well as being OK in the back, the driving position was spot on even without reach adjustment of steering wheel (just like a mk2 GTI!)
You can order automatic climate control instead of manual air conditioning for an extra £265
The red colour on the doors is only on red cars – it will be whatever the body colour is.
Heated seats are standard
Bluetooth is standard and is the easiest setup process I’ve ever come across – the head unit is asking for a connection without any prompting.
Parking sensors and cruise come as a bundle for £300.
You can add a rear view camera to this for £180, presumably the display screen will be your phone!
Trip computer is standard.
Red is the free colour, Pure white is £275, Deep black and Tungsten silver (aka Dark silver) are £520
A contrast black roof is just £125
Front Assist emergency city braking which oddly includes auto head lights and panoramic sunroof are two other options.
The usual Up! £1800 scrappage discount for older diesels has yet to be confirmed for the GTI model (as on 24/1/18)
Height adjustment of the passenger seat is not standard on 5 door models and I’d highly recommend it at £75 as if you are used to a Golf you will have become used to it and it does make the car appear low rent to passengers without it.
The order books open on 6.2.18 but you should be able to submit your order with the dealer along with a deposit to get first in the queue.
Factory ordered cars are due with customers March/April (not late Feb as stated in some reports).
I’ve ordered mine I was so impressed (red) and can’t wait – will make a follow up video soon explaining why

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Bob Vale says:

Thank you for your reviews of this car…..I have now had a chance to drive it wow!!!!! Brilliant little car (knockers drive it before you write it off) love it so much I went and ordered it ????
Thanks again

keith morris says:

Andrew,
From a place near you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXu3RsQfzWk

VladJoachim says:

Wrong side of the steering wheel 😀 Nice video!

Der Spliff says:

Considered buying this for some time. Then I realized I can get a new Polo GTI for only 4k more. While the UP GTI seems really nice, it is no match to a Polo.

Litle addition: No the car is not standard. The Phone Mount is an option. With 170 Euro it is the most expensive phone holder ever.

Tommy T says:

Steering wheel is the best part of the car

LFC shankss says:

A woman's car

Calvin Chann says:

Except car prices don’t tend to follow normal inflation rates.

Max Jones says:

I’m buying a car at the end of the year and at the moment I’m thinking either this or a ND mx5. I have a work van which is a 2016 caddy which is great for day to day so I think getting an mx5 would make logical sense as a weekend car, but this car does look like fun and I’ve always had a thing for basic hatchbacks which are light and focused on driving

stuey36 says:

I want to like this car, but dieselgate and now monkeygate means VW doesn't deserve my cash

John Labus says:

This thing is tiny. In the USA, the Golf is the smallest car that VW sells.

Ian Chambers says:

The only thing i didn't like is the weird blackberry colour dash next to the red bodywork. Just looks like a horrible mismatch to me!

Gay cha says:

Remap it to 130+hp?

Tom Hirschel says:

Great review! Have the UP TSI !(89 BHP) UP GTI  113BHP….Does it have a larger turbo? Or just electronicaly tweaked? Shame it's still 1.0 L  Should be 1.2 Turbo Maybe the "R" MODEL.Have you driven the TSI model? Slow down at roundabouts in second, does not pick up quickly…maybe gearing on GTI improves this?

David Ellis says:

Yep this costs in the Netherlands about 20.000 euro`s. You are insane if you buy one 🙂

James Brown says:

Fantastic review ? I bought a Scirocco R from you recently and didn't realise you had a YouTube channel. This video came up in my recommendations and surprised me when I saw you in the thumbnail. Subscribed ?

Jimble worldwide says:

Brilliant review! Going to test one next week, did Lee give any indication of lead times atm?

autofascynacje says:

I think this small car sound really good, much better than a standard base up! version. Good review ?

L Bottrill says:

Keep up the good work, Andrew. Lovely little motors. ?

AJ says:

Good informative video 😉
What I don't get is yet again car makers like VW don't provide LED or Xenon headlamps, digital dash etc and features from the larger vehicles in the portfolio.
If you're getting something like the GTI then spec should be the same across the range – only the car is a different size not skimped on with cheaper lower end kit. IMO.

+ This version of the GTI UP is slowest yet compared to the Lupo GTI – not really evolving as a sporty little hatch…….

BTW – I agree with you about the interior sound in the Golf R sounding a bit like a Subaru, I have the Golf mk7.5 R DSG..
I've Owned Subaru's for many years (STI PPP & Spec D PPP) but moved away from them due to Subaru dumbing down that unique flat 4 warble to a boring mute on their newer offerings. (although kept the forester 2.5XT Yr 2006….).
If you want a new car sounding like a Subaru of old I think you get the latest Ford Focus RS 😀
AJ

Robert Fisher says:

Great video, genuinely tempted to get one to replace my golf r when my lease is up! Thanks for extra details in comments, very useful.

keith morris says:

Thanks for a very informative review. I like the idea of this motor very much.

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