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Volkswagen Up GTI (2017-2023) – performance and 0-62 time

113bhp is unlikely to create record-breaking performance figures, but the Up GTI’s 0-62mph of 8.8 seconds is certainly respectable

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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

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.

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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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