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Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Motoring Research Logo By Gavin Braithwaite-Smith of Motoring Research | Slide 1 of 35: If you’ve watched the latest episode of The Grand Tour, you’ll know that James May felt the fizz at the wheel of the Volkswagen Up GTI. It’s a similar size and weight to the original Golf GTI, albeit with a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. Much has changed in the 40-odd years since the launch of the Mk1 Golf GTI – a family hatchback from the mid-70s is the size of today’s city car. Which encouraged us to create a list of our favourite junior hot hatches. Search for a used Volkswagen Up on Auto Trader

Volkswagen Up GTI

If you’ve watched the latest episode of The Grand Tour, you’ll know that James May felt the fizz at the wheel of the Volkswagen Up GTI. It’s a similar size and weight to the original Golf GTI, albeit with a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbocharged engine.

Much has changed in the 40-odd years since the launch of the Mk1 Golf GTI – a family hatchback from the mid-70s is the size of today’s city car. Which encouraged us to create a list of our favourite junior hot hatches.

Search for a used Volkswagen Up on Auto Trader

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