Less than a year after the up! GTI went off sale, VW’s entry-level hot hatch is back with us sporting that new VW badge and a £15,985 starting price.

The mechanics haven’t changed but then they didn’t really need to. The GTI’s turbocharged 115hp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine provides just the right performance (0-62mph in 8.8 seconds, identical to before) to make the up! feel peppy in combination with its snickety six-speed manual gearbox.

As before, the up! is also available with a 60hp 1.0-litre triple and (imminently) a pure-electric model with a range of 162 miles – significantly better than the 99 miles quoted for the old EV.

White models can be spotted by their, er, white bits

White models can be spotted by their, er, white bits

All up! models now come as standard with a multifunction camera that includes lane assist, side curtain airbags and an OEM cradle to hold your smartphone. Basic models now get 15-inch alloy wheels as standard, while White and Black Edition cars get a corresponding white or black finish for their roof and wing mirrors.

Also new is the R-Line model which gives you sporty looks but without the turbocharged thrust of the GTI. R-Lines get 16-inch alloy wheels, lowered suspension, roof and wing mirrors in black and fog lights integrated into a sportier front bumper. Inside, there are heated seats and electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors.

The new up! range is on sale now with a starting price of £12,440 while mid-range R-Line models start from £14,280. The up! you really want is the GTI model, though, and here's the perfect keyring to go with it – slap it down on a bar top and wait for the opposite sex to flock. We think....

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