Within this powered-up Up you’ll find the seats are upholstered in VW’s GTI-familiar Jacara cloth tartan check, and there’s a three-spoke steering wheel not only bound in leather but subtly flat of bottom too. So far, so modern GTI.
The next things you’ll notice are that the gearknob is branded – so too the door sills – and that the dash’s trim garnish gets an eye-catching red pixel motif that’s attractive, albeit a shade too dark to match with the vibrant red hue of the contrast cross-stitching elsewhere. The roof-lining is also black, which does more for the sporting cause than you’d think. Meanwhile, the cabin’s matt chrome trim is a welcome and effective trick in making a city car seem worth a list price that’s closing in on £14,000.
With no changes to the car’s architecture, you still get the same deceptively capacious packaging and good ergonomic attention to detail that makes finding various controls effortless - although the dials are a touch more stylish within the instrument binnacle than in lesser models.
The Up GTI’s infotainment system comes in two parts: one supplied by Volkswagen, the other by you. The former is a 5.0in colour screen that displays basic functions such as radio and phone, and features Bluetooth connectivity. The latter is your smartphone, which can be mounted on a neatly integrated cradle atop the dashboard, with a USB socket via which to recharge it and connect it to the car.