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Volkswagen up! GTI review - Interior, design and technology

The up! GTI looks great and comes with a long list of standard equipment

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.2 out of 5

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The Volkswagen up! might be approaching its ninth birthday, but the GTI model still looks clean and fresh. The transformation from humdrum to hero comes courtesy of 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, suspension lowered by 15mm, chrome exhaust tailpipe, red detailing, a deeper front bumper, a larger rear spoiler and some strategically positioned GTI badges.

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Having decided whether you want the practicality of a five-door or the authentic hot hatch vibes of the three-door, there are five colours to choose from. Tornado Red is the no-cost option, but the GTI is also available in Pure White, Pure White with a black roof, Tornado Red with a black roof and Tungsten Silver with a black roof.

Inside, the up! GTI gets heated sports seats finished in Jacara Red cloth upholstery, a flat-bottomed leather-trimmed steering wheel with red stitching, GTI detailing and a unique GTI gear knob with red detailing.

The interior quality is excellent, with the major controls feeling reassuringly solid and hard-wearing. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, red ambient lighting and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The up! GTI doesn’t feature a conventional infotainment system. Instead, drivers can download a Maps + More smartphone app, which takes care of the navigation and media function. The phone sits in a neat dash-mounted cradle above the rather rudimentary five-inch colour screen. Bluetooth, a USB port, six speakers and a DAB digital radio complete the package.

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