An empty runway and four flavours of Volkswagen hatch. Which takes the win?

With the recent addition of the Up! GTI, Volkswagen has hot hatch for essentially all tastes. But which one is quickest in a straight line?

Along with the current Golf, Polo and Up! GTI, this video throws a bit of a curveball into the mix, in the form of a pre-facelift Golf GTI Clubsport S.

It doesn't take a genius to work out that, with just 85kW and 200Nm on tap, the Up GTI doesn't have the legs to match its bigger brothers. It's the same story with the 147kW/320Nm Polo GTI, which can't match its bigger brother on the airstrip.

But the current, DSG-equipped Golf GTI Performance doesn't have such an easy time seeing off its more powerful, special-edition older brother, in spite of that car's manual transmission.

We won't spoil the ending – check out the video, and let us know if the results surprised you.