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VW Up! GTI Comes To The UK With A Starting Price Of £13,750 18
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, VW, VW Up on 01 18th, 2018

Volkswagen UK will start taking orders for their smallest hot hatch, the Up! GTI from February 6.
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The Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 5 Trailer Is Filled With Action 4
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Amazon, celebrities, Film, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI, The Grand Tour, video, VW, VW Golf GTI, VW Up on 01 4th, 2018

This week on The Grand Tour: Jeremy gets inspired by Ken Block and wants to do one of those amazing videos, while Richard drives a small tank through a shopping mall, and James tests out a city car.

The action-filled trailer starts with Clarkson and an old Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car, which is thrashed around an English farmland in an attempt to do some Ken Block-ing controlled drifts.

In a different continent, in UAE’s Dubai, Hammond sits inside a small tank, which he uses in a luxurious shopping center, before taking it on the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard, and on the sand dunes. This part of the show was filmed more than a year ago, and it was initially believed that Jezza was in the driver’s seat.

Meanwhile, May takes a trip to the Eboladrome test track to try out the Volkswagen Up! GTI, surrounded by flames and explosions, which he compares to “an 80s action movie”.

We also see the facelifted Volkswagen Golf GTI going against its iconic predecessor, the Mk1 Golf GTI.

Back in the studio tent, Richard Hammond and James May reveal some behind-the-scenes footage that’s described as “embarrassing”, whereas the Celebrity Face Off shows English comedian, musician, TV and radio presenter Bill Bailey, and English actor Dominic Edward Cooper, in an attempt to find “the world’s fastest person with a failed early career in a band”.


Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10 Or VW Up!: Which City Car Would You Go For? 12
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai i10, Hyundai Videos, reviews, Suzuki, Suzuki Celerio, Suzuki Videos, video, VW Up, VW Videos on 12 12th, 2017

City cars often offer exactly what you pay for in terms of design, comfort, interior space and engines, but where do three of the most popular models stand?

To answer this question, CarWow took the Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10, and Volkswagen Up! out for a test, the results of which may come as a surprise to some of you.

Okay, it may not be the most exciting video, but it’s definitely worth a look, considering their affordability. The Celerio starts at £7,500 ($10,037) in the United Kingdom, followed by the i10 at under £9,000 ($12,045) and Up!, at over £9,000 ($12,045), so the first one definitely wins the budget segment.

However, the Suzuki is not the most exciting car of the three, with a dull exterior design and a very cheap interior. Still, it beats the other two with good legroom at the back.

The i10, on the other hand, has best in-car storage, but it pales next to the Up!, whose interior is nice and airy, and comes with a system that turns the user’s phone into an infotainment system. Boot space is nearly the same in all three cars, with extra points going to Volkswagen, again, for the adjustable floor.

Overtaking another vehicle on the motorway will take quite some time in all three cars, but Volkswagen’s Up! does come with a turbocharged engine on request, though, having a turbo will significantly affect your fuel economy, so you’d better give that a second thought.

It appears that the German city car is the best here, but is it enough to make you want one, or would you rather make a fashion statement with the Fiat 500? Don’t forget that the larger and more practical Dacia Sandero falls into the same price range too.


VW’s Smallest Hot Hatch, The New Up! GTI Goes On Sale In Germany 4
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, VW, VW Up, WLTP on 12 4th, 2017

Volkswagen has commenced pre-sales of the new Up! GTI in Germany, which starts at €16,975 (equal to $20,183).

This makes it €7,000 ($8,323) pricier than the entry-level Up! in its homeland, and it undercuts the base Golf by €1,100 ($1,308).

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.0-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 115PS (113hp) and 200Nm (148lb-ft) of torque. In this configuration, the Volkswagen Up! GTI won’t win any drag races, but it will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in a respectable 8.8sec and reach a top speed of 196km/h (122mph).

Volkswagen claims that the average fuel consumption of 5.6-5.7 l/100 km (50.4-49.6 UK mpg / 42-41.3 US mpg) has been measured based on the new Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

Its exterior is instantly recognizable thanks to a few upgrades made over the regular versions of the city car. These include the red cross-stripe in the radiator grille, which has a honeycomb pattern, double black cross stripes on the sides, high-gloss-finished side mirror casings, a red stripe at the rear, larger roof spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 15mm (0.6in) lower center of gravity.

Alongside the Pure White and Red colors, which are described as being “classic and typical of a GTI”, the range-topping Up! can also be had in Dark Silver and Black Pearl.

Designers have paid extra care to the interior as well, which features a leather sport steering wheel, GTI gear lever knob, and the famous ‘Clark’ seat pattern.


VW Up! Slated To Go EV Only, Could Gain Crossover Variant 11
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Seat, Seat Mii, Skoda, Skoda Citigo, VW, VW Up on 11 11th, 2017

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Volkswagen was considering pulling the plug on the pint-sized Up!. However, it appears the model might have been given a reprieve.

Automobile is reporting the company was initially considering more exciting variants based on the existing PQ architecture or transitioning the model to the newer MQB platform. Volkswagen’s passenger car boss, Dr. Herbert Diess, reportedly rejected both ideas as he thought the first plan would just result in the status quo while the MQB route would simply be too expensive.

Instead, the executive reportedly suggested an alternative which would see the Up! and its siblings become available exclusively as electric vehicles. The new models will reportedly be positioned as a Smart competitor and be loosely based on the existing e-Up!.

The decision to base the model on the existing EV will cut costs and the car will reportedly benefit from knowledge learned during the development of the MEB platform that will underpin models such as the ID Buzz, ID Crozz, and ID Hatch.

Both three- and five-door models are expected to return and they could eventually be joined by a crossover-inspired variant.

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Is VW Retiring The Up! City Car From Europe? 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Reports, Seat, Seat Mii, Skoda, Skoda Citigo, VW, VW Up on 09 15th, 2017

Increased demand for crossovers and SUVs, combined with the stricter emission rules imposed in Europe, could force Volkswagen to axe the Up! in the market.
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VW Up! SUV Could Launch In 2020 As T-Track 17
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, SUV, VW, VW Concepts, VW Up on 08 17th, 2017

Five years after premiering a VW Up!-based SUV in concept guise, it would appear the carmaker finally has the impetus to put it into production.
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2018 VW Up Remains On The City Car Throne 5
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in reviews, UK, video, VW, VW Up, VW Videos on 08 5th, 2017

There are a lot of city cars available at the moment (at least in Europe), but new contenders must first beat the VW Up, if they want to claim a class-leading position in the segment.
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Volkswagen Spices Up, Saveiro Pepper In Brazil 25
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Brazil, VW, VW Fox, VW Saveiro, VW Up on 07 25th, 2017

Familiar as we are with the models that Volkswagen sells in America and in Europe, the German automaker has a whole range of vehicles dedicated to the Brazilian market. And it's spicing up a few of them with the launch of new Pepper models.
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VW Says No To More GTIs, Will Stick With Golf, Polo and Up 15
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf GTI, VW Polo, VW Up on 06 15th, 2017

VW’s boss Herbert Diess dismissed reports that the company is planning more GTI-badged models, including an SUV.
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Classic Beetle-Inspired VW Up! ‘Special Bug’ Edition Goes On Sale From €13,625 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, VW, VW Up on 06 10th, 2017

Volkswagen have yet to decide whether they will continue to build the Beetle beyond the current generation, but in the meanwhile it is capitalizing on the legend of the original by launching a special edition of the Up!, inspired by the 1982 Bug.
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Volkswagen Up! GTI Crams The Go-Fast Treatment Into A Smaller Package [w/Video] 19
Posted by Carscoops Staff in video, VW, VW Up, VW Videos on 05 19th, 2017

To many enthusiasts (and with apologies to Peugeot), the letters GTI mean one thing and one thing only, and that's a hot Golf. But Volkswagen applies the treatment to smaller Polo as well. And now it's going even smaller.
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Hot VW Up! GTI Minicar Getting Ready For Its Big Debut 12
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Reports, VW, VW Up on 05 12th, 2017

VW is getting ready to reveal the final production GTI version of the Up minicar, and just by reading the specs, it should be a proper hoot.
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Volkswagen Up! Review Finds It Pricey, But Satisfying 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in reviews, UK, video, VW, VW Up, VW Videos on 02 11th, 2017

Volkswagen updated the Up! last year with some subtle exterior revisions, a tweaked cabin and a new engine, but is it really worth it over the more affordable, but otherwise, mechanically-identical Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii?
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First Peek At VW’s Upcoming Arteon, Tiguan Allspace & Up GTI 21
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Detroit-Auto-Show, Scoops, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Scoops, VW Tiguan, VW Up, VW Videos on 12 21st, 2016

VW released video footage of their upcoming Arteon, Tiguan Allspace and Up GTI models which are all scheduled to debut in 2017.
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