Another week, another intriguing drag race from the folks over at CarWow in the United Kingdom. This time it’s a fascinating family affair, with four GTI-badged hot hatches doing battle in a straight line.

The contenders? The Volkswagen Up GTI (which isn’t coming to South Africa), the new Polo GTI, the Golf GTI (in Performance guise) and the limited-edition Golf GTI Clubsport S.

Take note that the Golf GTI Performance and Polo GTI featured in this drag race are fitted with DSG transmissions, complete with launch control functions, while the tiny Up GTI and the lightweight Clubsport S employ manual gearboxes.

Watch the hot hatches go head to head in the video above, which also features a rolling race…