The New up! GTI wins Scream If You Want To Go Faster! GQ Award

Already the winner of BBC TopGear Magazine’s ‘Pocket Rocket of the Year’ 2018 Award - scooped before its official UK debut – the New up! GTI has done it again. Another charismatic award title comes from The GQ Car Awards, and places the newest up! with impressive company. For 2018, GQ has assembled the biggest and best line-up of winners. Whilst every one of them is the best at something, what they all have in common is their ability to excite!

While the name suggests a lot of fun – this is one serious accolade. Like any GQ gathering, the up! was praised amongst the glitz and glamour of this prestigious event.

So, what is it that’s got everyone talking? The up! GTI is a compact hot hatch that broadly follows the format of the original ‘hot’ Golf. The vehicle concept and power output of 115 PS put the up! GTI approximately in line with the Golf GTI Mk 1, launched in 1976, that had an output of 110 PS. Earlier this year, the BBC TopGear Magazine experts said: “As unserious and playful a car as Volkswagen has made this decade”.

The up! GTI further pays tribute to this icon via its compact dimensions, low weight, powerful engine, greater downforce on the rear axle, sport suspension and, of course, the typical insignia of a GTI including red stripes in the radiator grille, red brake calipers, ‘Clark' tartan seat covers and a unique wheel design. Elaborating on the ‘Scream is you want to go Faster’ Award, GQ likened the new trim to that of an Apple inc. design with a focus on minimalism.

up! GTI Stats:

  • Maximum speed of 122 mph
  • 0-62 mph in 8.8 seconds
  • 58.9 mpg combine fuel consumption*
  • Available to order from £13,750

Standard items of equipment

  • 17” ‘Oswald’ wheels
  • Sport suspension - lowered by approx. 15mm
  • GTI styling and badging
  • ‘Jacara’ cloth upholstery
  • ‘Gloss Black’ rear spoiler


*Based on up! GTI 1.0 115PS 6spd 3dr Man. This information should be used for illustration purposes only. Standard EU Test figures for comparison purposes, may not reflect real driving results.