Volkswagen up! GTI review - Reliability and safety
The up! GTI should be reliable, but it lacks the latest safety equipment
The standard VW up! didn’t feature in our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but Volkswagen finished a disappointing 19th out of 30 manufacturers. That said, reliability shouldn’t be an issue, with the 1.0-litre petrol engine seeing plenty of action in a range of cars, while the up! has been on sale for nearly a decade.
Euro NCAP downgraded the car’s safety rating when it was re-tested in 2019, with the up! dropping from five to three stars. While scores of 81% and 83% for adult and child occupant protection are impressive for a city car, scores of 46% for vulnerable road users protection and 55% for safety assist technology are less encouraging.
Standard safety equipment includes driver and passenger airbags, curtain airbags, front seat side impact airbags, ISOFIX points in the rear, hill hold assist and electronic stability control.
The up! GTI is covered by a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is average for this class of car. Extended warranties are available from around £135 a year.
Volkswagen offers a choice of two different service plans. A Fixed Service Plan is recommended if you drive fewer than 10,000 miles a year, while a Flexible Service Plan is designed for long-distance and motorway drivers covering up to 20,000 miles annually.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe VW up! GTI is the smallest car to wear the fabled badge, but it produces the biggest grin
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe up! GTI is a hugely enjoyable pocket rocket, but it’s not perfect.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsA low price and strong resale values make the up! GTI a purchase for your head and your heart
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe up! GTI looks great and comes with a long list of standard equipment
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe up! GTI is surprisingly spacious and practical, with enough room for four adults
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingThe up! GTI should be reliable, but it lacks the latest safety equipment