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Volkswagen Lupo

Volkswagen Lupo (1999 2006)

Introduction


The Volkswagen Citycar suddenly turned reputation for staid design on its With its wacky interior cutesy face and jaunty schemes, the Lupo acted as a to the even more extrovert range, showing that the of Volkswagen had something other sensible shoes in their What the Lupo brought to the sector was a palpable sense of — a factor that had sorely lacking in many of its although the Volkswagen was based on the SEAT Arosa. As a used buy at the expensive end of the sector, but few rivals such an upmarket appeal.

Models Covered: (3dr 1.0, 1.4 petrol, 1.4, 1.7 diesel [E, S, SE, Sport,GTI])

History

in February 1997, the Lupo was after the Latin word for Its appearance certainly didn’t particularly menacing, however, but the was apparently chosen to appeal to who had a habit of ‘naming’ their Cynical or smart? You decide. The consisted of a base 1.0-litre E model, E and S trim levels a 1.4-litre 75bhp unit and the designations accompanying a 60bhp diesel engine. In May 1999, a powerful version of the 1.4-litre was developed, generating a punchy and this was installed in a new model, the Sport. A 75bhp 1.4-litre TDI diesel was launched in summer which boasted an impressive engine. At the same time a 1.0-litre SE trim level was for a limited period, undercutting the of all other Lupo models, still offering a decent of equipment. Early in 2001, a hot GTI joined the line-up. The Fox arrived to the Lupo in Spring 2006.

What You Get

Until the Lupo Volkswagen interiors were for quality and were about as fun as a thumb in the eye. All that was to change. Instead of the usual boring layout, it’s all a shock. In a rush of blood to the the German designers decided on Italianate twin instrument featuring Allen bolts and blue backlighting at night. all rather funky, creating the of car that makes you feel about yourself. Yet at the same it all feels comfortably sensible There’s the unrivalled Volkswagen quality as well as a host of detail touches that set the apart from sensible the expensively textured dash the soft-return grab handles, the seat and wheel height It’s all screwed together just the same kind of you’d find in a £25,000 Passat. And, just the Passat, twin front are standard on all models — in this class. Standard steering is nice too, and new also got a three year mileage warranty and twelve of anti-corrosion cover which be of benefit to used purchasers. Well, it’s much as you expect. There’s plenty of at the front but really comfortable for kids at the back. Don’t go too much of the boot either, one of those items that you laugh aloud when you encounter it. Rear seat will find their uncomfortably close to both the window and any close-following traffic.

What You Pay

Used Lupo are around £300 to £1,000 expensive than the ostensibly SEAT Arosa upon it is based. This premium how much customers are willing to pay to get cheeky looks and the classily Volkswagen badge. Opening for Lupo models begin at for a 1999 S-registered 1.0 E, but it’s to pay that little bit extra for a 1.4 E, of which kick off at £2,800. An option for this model cost around £200 whilst the 1.4 S models command £3,000 for 1999 S-plated Expect to pay at least £3,300 for a 1.4 whilst the dizzyingly economical cars start at £2,900 for a SDi E or £3,000 for an S model. The GTi starts £5,900 on X-plates. Insurance for the is inexpensive, with the 1.0-litre car at Group 3, the diesels Group 4, the 1.4-litre cars Group 5 and the 1.4 Group 6.

What to Look For

Volkswagen Lupo

The Lupo, with its SEAT Arosa is one of the best-built small cars Interior fittings, so often down to a price in most are childproof and well made. As most cars which a lot of their lives in the urban and crawl, check the clutches on cars and also inspect the and wheels for signs of parking Aside from that, if you can a nearly new car with warranty and a decent service history, have one of the best, if not the cheapest, cars about.

Replacement Parts

(approx on a 1999 1.0E) Parts for the are quite reasonably priced; in you could say they’ll keep the from the door. An exchange assembly retails for £120, and an system with exchanged is around £330. Front pads are less than a pair, whilst rears are than £30. A new radiator is and one of those cute headlamps at just £65.

On the Road

For Lupo models the emphasis is on fuel consumption. The entry-level version that most choose returns a more respectable 48.7mpg in mixed Don’t expect fireworks on the however. Sixty is 18.4s in this base variant on the way to 91mph. Still, the engine’s willing and anyway, you don’t buy a car this to be first away the lights. If you do need a little oomph, the next model up 75bhp 1.4) manages in 12.0s en route to 107mph. If not enough, you’re either for the wrong car or you need to try the 100bhp Lupo Sport, which sixty in 10.0s on the way to 116mph. The cars are outstandingly economical. The 1.7 SDI models return a combined consumption figure of over although acceleration is rather A zero to 60mph time of seconds is not going to quicken the The 1.4TDI is a quicker proposition, 60mph in around 12 seconds, but models are relatively expensive and to find. In terms of handling as as power, this is not a three-door for Volkswagen admit that the is biased towards comfort, would make the Lupo an motorway car were it able to be a little more refined. The options make particular if you plan to be doing a lot of city

Overall

On a pure value for basis, the Lupo is embarrassed by the similar SEAT Arosa. will pay a premium for those looks, the bold interiors and the badge on the nose. Whilst a Lupo is nothing if not relatively for what it is, at least there’s a deal of forethought and quality into the design. The best buy is the 1.4-litre S model with the gearbox, but if you’re really in recouping some of that price, the diesels are attractive. a cheeky car with pricing some may see as cheeky. Still, for the the Lupo may well be too chirpy to

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Volkswagen Lupo
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Volkswagen Lupo

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