The press will presumably only comment on list price, in which case the GTI has gone up by £1840. The thing to remember is VW were saying it wouldn't be economic to produce small cars with the new emissions regulations, so they seem to have done a U-turn. But the consequence of the fines is the cost has gone up (for all Up ICE models not just the GTI). The entry level Up! is now £12,440.So that’s a price increase of £3,000, around 20% for exactly the same car! I’ve never known manufacturer impose such a price increase on a car of this type, and surprisingly the motoring press have barely mentioned it.
I just checked the Citroen site. The cheapest C1 3dr is £12320. I checked the Hyundai site and the cheapest i10 5dr is £12495. You can still get a Fiat Panda 5dr for £10,255 but it could be other manufacturers are going to follow VW and the days of a £10,000 city car are over. Presumably the emission fines are not exclusive to VW.