Volkswagen Brazil range review What Car? — Volkswagen CrossFox

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Volkswagen Brazil range

Volkswagen has been building in Brazil since 1957 and the largest car maker in the country.

The climate, economy, roads and tax are very different to the UK’s, means the cars it builds and there are equally dissimilar.

We to the roads around Sao Paulo, and some of VW Brazil’s best-selling to find out how they compare those in its UK range.

The Gol – which as goal – has been Brazil’s car for 25 years, so you could think of it as the Golf. Despite the similar these two cars are completely In fact, the Gol is based on the same as the previous-generation European Polo. so label it a supermini.

The VW Gol has been Brazil’s best-selling car for the 25 years

We drove a 1.0 Bluemotion which has a 99bhp 1.0-litre engine, which, like new Brazilian cars, can run on either or petrol. Both are sold at the pumps and locals decide to use depending on the current price.

is leisurely, but once up to speed the Gol happily enough. It’s quiet, too. The Gol’s is firm, but it doesn’t get upset by Brazilian roads vary in quality and many are no more dirt roads. As a result, cars have a ride that’s around 5cm higher that of a typical car in the UK.

Compared with a European the Gol’s cabin looks plain and there are no soft-touch in sight. Build quality is however, and the heating and stereo on top-spec models aren’t different to those in UK VW models.


Believe it or not, the (often referred to as the VW Camper or in the UK) is still built in Brazil. it now has a large plastic front and a modern 1.4-litre water-cooled it has changed little from the model that rolled off a production line in 1957.

The VW has been built in Brazil 1957; production is due to end in late

Here, the Kombi is a working and commercial versions have a payload. The model we drove had a minibus layout and, every other Kombi we it was finished in plain white.

the Kombi is like going in time. The driving position is, by standards, terrible; the steering is huge and near-horizontal, while the layout and quality is utilitarian in the On the move, things feel antiquated, with vague and an obstructive gearshift.

The VW Kombi is to buy and comes with modern engines

The Kombi is dated, but its and low price (not to mention its looks) means that it sells well in the South market.

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VW currently builds 2500 a but production will stop in 2013, due to new safety regulations the Kombi can’t be modified to It’s unlikely that its will be around for as long – or as much charm.


The Crossfox is an SUV-style version of VW Fox city car. If it looks that’s because VW sold the version of the Fox in the UK, in three-door form, 2006 and 2011. Its replacement, the VW Up. is our Car of the Year.

A 2010 makeover Brazilian Fox models a new front end very similar to the UK Polo’s. The has extra cladding and decals, bumpers and a raised ride to give it a more rugged

Crossfox is an SUV-style version of the car that was sold in the UK between and 2011

Inside, the Fox’s included a new interior which, from the hard plastics, look out of place in some of UK models.

The Crossfox is good to too, with a more ride than the Gol’s. is impressive, too, and the 1.6-litre we drove had a decent turn of

Raised ride height and spare wheel give a look

We’ve got a feeling the Crossfox could be a viable to cars such as the Dacia Nissan Juke and Skoda in the UK, but a new small SUV – based on the Taigun SUV car unveiled at the 2012 Sao Paulo show – is likely to go on sale in two years.

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