What should I be paying?
Fuel economy won’t be a concern – even under the most leaden of feet, the GTI refuses to do less than mid-30s to the gallon. Most of the time, it’ll average an even 40mpg. Some way off VW’s 53mpg claim, but you’ll be having too much of a giggle to care. It’s still pretty guilt-free fun. With the 35-litre fuel-tank rimmed, you ought to be good for over 300 miles of range – which is twice what VW’s all-electric e-Up promises, interestingly enough.
CO2 emissions of 121g/km mean a mid-table £175 bill when first registering the car. VW’s standard 12-month service intervals and three year, 60,000-mile warranty all apply here.
Because VW’s UK allocation of Up GTIs was quickly swallowed up when the car first launched, used values have held up well. Even 2018 cars with around 13,000 miles were, at the time of writing, changing hands for well above £11,000. There’s also a growing modding scene around the car, with different suspension components and a tempting exhaust from Milltek worth looking into.