VW up! GTI back in

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Volkswagen up! GTI, 2020, front

THE Volkswagen up! GTI is back on sale eight months after being withdrawn from the UK while the pocket rocket city car waited for the new WLTP fuel economy tests to come into force.

Revised for 2020 the new GTI heads up a refreshed up! range from VW and it becomes the first car to wear the company's revised logo.

Prices are from £15,895 for a three-door version of the hot GTI while the five-door costs from £16,295 - increases of more than £1,000 compared to the previous model.

As before, the GTI has a 115ps 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and can complete the 0-60 mph sprint in less than 8.8 seconds.

It's also rated at 53.3mpg under the new fuel tests with emissions of 121g/km making it the most economical of all of the new up! models which are powered by a 60ps version of the three-pot engine.

Change to the line up start with the standard up! which is now priced from £12,440 and comes with 15-inch alloys, a five-inch colour display screen with smartphone navigation interface and a DAB radio.

In between that model and the GTI, VW has reworked the up! range with White and Black editions, Beats versions with a 300 watt sound system and a new high specification R-Line grade which has lowered suspension, heated front seats and door mirrors which are now electrically adjustable.

The GTI - first introduced in 2017 - has 17-inch alloy wheels, GTI badging and VW's hallmark Jacara checked cloth upholstery, as well as ambient lighting.

The up! GTI is available in both three and five-door body styles as is the entry level version with all others being five-door cars.

Volkswagen says it is also improving the zero emission e-up! pure-electric model which will have an increased range of 162 miles - double that of the current version - when it arrives later in the year.

•Another engine is being introduced on the VW T-Cross compact SUV in the shape of a 1.5-litre TSI unit which will power a new range topper.

It is rated at 44mpg with emissions topping out at 119g/km and has a 0 to 60 acceleration of 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 124mph.

It will be available in SEL and R-Line specifications with prices starting at £24,910 and £26,810 respectively. All versions have a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The T-Cross now has four engine choices with the 1.5 block joining the existing three-cylinder 1.0-litre models with either 95 or 115ps on tap and a 1.6-litre 95ps diesel.

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