What is it?
It’s the revised VW Up GTI: a car made slightly pricier but no perkier to drive. That’s the short version of what has been done to Volkswagen’s smallest hot hatchback for the 2020 model year. Fans needn’t fear that the overall appeal of the car has been altered, though: it has mostly just been preserved for another showroom stint.
The hot Up attracted a long waiting list after its launch in January 2018, which VW struggled to satisfy with a limited right-hand-drive car allocation. That, combined with a looming WLTP emissions deadline, meant the old car was effectively withdrawn from sale in April 2019.
Now that it’s come back, this is one of the first VWs to get the firm’s redesigned brand logo. The lettering is slightly slimmer, although the colour scheme is the same chrome-on-black affair as previously.
Otherwise, the car is exactly as it was outwardly, with those double side stripes, 17in alloy wheels, black mirror caps and that impish little black bi-plane spoiler being the distinguishing features. Now, as before, I’d say it has just enough visual attitude: sufficient to set it apart at second glance, but not so much as to risk looking daft or to over-promise about the driving experience it offers. Nicely judged.