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Volkswagen Lupo

(1998 - 2005) 

Volkswagen Lupo

The VW Lupo is a high quality, sensible buy with strong resale values

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.0 50 hp 6.2 l/100km Petrol 17 s 152 km/h
1.4 60 hp 6.7 l/100km Petrol 14.3 s 160 km/h
1.7 SDI 60 hp 4.8 l/100km Diesel 16 s 157 km/h
1.2 TDI 61 hp 3.2 l/100km Diesel 14.3 s 165 km/h
1.2 TDI 3L 61 hp 3.2 l/100km Diesel 14 s 165 km/h
1.4 16V 75 hp 7.1 l/100km Petrol 12 s 172 km/h
1.4 TDI 75 hp 4.6 l/100km Diesel 12 s 170 km/h
1.4 16V 100 hp 7.5 l/100km Petrol 10 s 188 km/h
1.4 FSI 16V 105 hp 5.2 l/100km Petrol 11.8 s 199 km/h
1.6 16V GTI 125 hp 7.7 l/100km Petrol 8.2 s 205 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3
Number of seats 4
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 3 527 mm
Width 1 639 mm
Height 1 460 mm
Wheelbase 2 319 mm
Ground clearance 110 mm
Weight (normal) 830 kg
Weight (max) 1 190 kg
Boot space (min) 130 l
Boot space (max) 830 l
Fuel capacity ?


   The Volkswagen Lupo was produced between 1998 and 2005. It has been replaced with the VW Fox.

   It has a wide range of petrol and diesel engines. The lightweight nature of the car with a 1.2 TDI L3 diesel consumes as little as 3l/100km in the combined cycle. The strongest is the GTi 1.6-liter developing 125 hp, which next to many hot hatches is relatively tame. In a car so small, though, with what seems to be so little between you and the outside world when you're pressing on, it feels a lot quicker. And for everyday use the engine's impressive flexibility takes the strain out of driving.

   The Lupo GTi arguably gives drivers more fun than any other current Volkswagen. More power, lightened body components, a wider track and stiffer suspension settings than other Lupos conspire to make it sharper, more grippy and more spirited, although the town ride suffers.

   Despite its diminutive size, the Lupo is no buzz-box. Road and wind noise are mostly shut out and the smooth engine is quiet unless the accelerator is hard against the carpet. It's an appropriately sporting big-bore baritone note, though, and once you settle back to steady speed all external noise sources are well quashed.

   Volkswagen's legendary high residual values come resale time apply to Lupos, too. This helps to offset the high initial purchase price. Routine servicing is comparatively inexpensive.

   We've seen it all before: high-grade plastics, tightly fitting trim panels and smooth-operating controls. The Lupo is a 'proper' Volkswagen right down to the swimming-pool blue instrument backlighting. Mechanical and electrical parts are utterly reliable if looked after.

   All Lupos have two airbags, but after that safety provisions are hit and miss; the GTi is one of only two with anti-lock brakes. However, the car came out of a Euro NCAP crash test with three stars.

   There's good seat adjustment and the steering wheel moves up and down. So much glass in such a small car gives a great view of the road outside, and the fixtures and fittings are of typical top-notch Volkswagen quality, giving the impression that you're behind the wheel of a far more expensive car.

   Rear passengers are the ones who end up paying for the Lupo's park-anywhere proportions. Rear legroom is restricted, while headroom is insufficient for teenagers or above. The boot's only big enough for a couple of shopping bags unless the rear seats are folded down.

   The Lupo is not generously equipped, although the classy cabin trim disguises that well. The only things you get in a GTi that aren't generally available elsewhere in the range are alloy wheels and anti-lock brakes, plus an alarm.


   Advantages: As with any VW, the Lupo is a high quality, sensible buy with strong resale values. The 1.4 TDi and GTi are genuine fun to drive, too.

   Disadvantages: Initially expensive and hopelessly impractical for more than two people. Security provisions are desperately poor.

   Verdict: Classy image is backed up by a fine drive.

   Also consider: Citroen C2, Ford Ka, Fiat Panda.


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