VW Up GTI review – VW’s smallest GTI tested on UK roads - Performance and 0-62 time

It might be the entry-level car in VW’s GTI range, but the Up GTI has masses of charm

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  • An entertaining car to drive, even if it isn’t in the conventional hot hatch manner; high quality interior
  • Some of the interior’s quality should have gone into the chassis

Performance and 0-62 time

Outright performance really isn’t the Up GTI’s forte, but, anyway, that really doesn’t matter for a car of this sort. Still, although not outstanding, the Up GTI’s acceleration time and top speed are certainly impressive given its humble origins; VW’s hot supermini manages to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 8.8 seconds and it tops out at 122mph.

One of the big contributing factors in getting that acceleration time down to a respectable number is the Up’s 995kg kerb weight. However, its peak power of 113bhp, available between 5000 and 5500rpm, and maximum torque of 147lb ft from 2000 to 3500rpm, certainly also help.

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