2004 VW Lupo GTi review Car Reviews by Car Enthusiast — Volkswagen Lupo I

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Would you believe that the VW has been on the market, practically since 1999? The Lupo its name from the Latin for wolf. The wolf may be a wilder than most of the Lupo but perhaps not the GTi version reviewed which looks as fresh now as the day it was in December 2000.

An extensive from small and cute to hard-edged GTi has been carried out on the Most hot hatches receive changes such as a set of alloys and a both of which adorn the GTi. Volkswagen has given hot hatch so much more. For a wrapped around the tasty alloy wheels are bespoke wheelarches. These are joined by and truncated with unique new The pert rear end features a twin-exit exhaust, situated in the of the car. Other Lupo models feature a central but nowhere near as extrovert as the

There is no mistaking the face of the GTi it has been suitably altered, a sleek one-piece bumper and grille. The Xenon lights the appearance that is cute-aggressive, in the way perhaps Disney would a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex. I was to learn that VW went to the of replacing the bonnet, doors and with lightweight aluminium The result is a featherweight figure of 1015kg for the GTi, ensuring performance should be sprightly extortionate fuel bills.

The theme continues inside the though perhaps not as successfully as the exterior. Certain details are such as the supportive seats, seatbelts and natty black handles. An effort has been with the instruments too: the gains a clock and a bespoke I personally prefer the sportier design found in the rest of the range. We felt the same the chromed plastic finish the dials. Real matt would be the only acceptable though admittedly expensive. the GTi retains the distinctive blue from the instruments at night, somehow lends an image of to the car.


Quality is apparent throughout the which we were not too startled by, but is much more space in a than we expected: front and The front seats feature a lift and tilt mechanism to access to the rear, which in feels more spacious you would have though in such a short car. space is laughable of course, but I expect most Lupo to only really need space for one passenger most of the freeing up the others for items of

The leather bound steering is a tactile joy, though not as small in diameter as would be Saying that, VW resisted the to fit it with a thick rim, and it is all the for it. As you might expect, the switchgear all in a slick and well-weighted manner, and the driver interfaces are sporty, yet Start the Lupo GTi up for the first and you may be a little taken aback by the from the engine department. car means business, and it lets you that. Within a few hundred you will realise that VW has to deliver an engaging drive, and it with the engine.

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Putting foot down results in the whipping around the rev counter This willingness to rev is accompanied by induction roar and a sporty from those twin The Lupo doesn’t hang either: aided by the low kerb acceleration is brisk. The claimed time of 8.3 seconds feels pessimistic, and in-gear acceleration is impressive, helped by a set of closely gear ratios.

Maintaining speed through a set of is the Lupo’s party trick. The 205/45 tyres offer of grip, but not at the expense of driver Throttle adjustability is present, smooth driving is rewarded than playing about grip levels. Pushing little bit harder results in the understeering, though neutrality is if you are aggressive with the throttle Unfortunately, left-foot braking would soon help understeer) is not possible in the Lupo as the safety systems deem it to shut off the fuel supply to the Pity.

Despite that, the driver will find to keep them entertained. The and chassis encourage you to stay from dull motorways. The are wonderfully powerful, and faded not in our hands, but the car squirms and moves under heavy braking, the stability control system it pointing in the right direction as quickly as you do. As a driver’s car, a can be made with the modern The Lupo GTi sits between the and Cooper S in terms of price and As a driver’s car, the Lupo is focused than either though the Cooper S is perhaps a value car. Saying a well-driven Mini Cooper keep up with the Lupo on a B-road. Outright speed is not the Lupo is all about; its driver feel that they are harder for the same result, is perhaps no bad thing on today’s camera clogged roads.

In essence, the Lupo GTi is a hot hatch the old school. It is loud, and a little it has an undeniable buzz, backed up buckets of character. However, advancing years, the Lupo has a in the market. It will need all its looks and German build to stand up to new low-priced rivals as the Citroen C2 VTS. VW has realised and the price has been dropped the end of September to just Ј12,455.

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