VW Lupo Rough road to fuel economy — Volkswagen Lupo

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VW Lupo: Rough road to economy

Volkswagen’s Lupo.

BERLIN — Great economy can be a pain.

Volkswagen has begun selling a revolutionary in Germany called the 3L (for Lupo. and after a 150-mile run from Braunschweig, the lasting are a beastly backache from the seats and maddening frustration the mechanical compromises necessary to the car’s remarkable fuel

The 3L refers not to engine size but to the that it is designed to use just liters of fuel per 100 kilometers about 78 miles per gallon. No car in the USA gets close. The three-liter is a long-standing environmentalists’ challenge VW is first to answer after years of work.

Driven the little Lupo turned in 70 per gallon, mainly on two-lane through stop-and-start villages. was 3.38 liters of fuel per 100 Others on the test drive, to better the target, sipped 2.79 liters per 100 km, equal to 84 miles per gallon.

VW markets a variety of Lupos, intended for the USA because of their size and lack of power. The 3L is a model, expected to attract a few thousand buyers a year.

VW has no to sell any Lupo in the USA. But construction and other fuel-efficient were portrayed as a U.S.-bound if fuel economy ever more important than it is

The 3L Lupo uses a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder diesel engine to an unusual transmission. It is a five-speed because those are more than automatics. But there is no and the gearbox is shifted automatically by the not the driver, to make sure it in the most fuel-efficient gear.

One way to cut consumption is to eliminate the weight and drain of accessories. So the 3L Lupo had no air no power steering, no anything. You can add options, but there’d go your claim.

And the car seemed low-quality for the premium price its fuel-sipping commands.

Not only did the seats torturous after about 90 a cup holder came apart in the 10 miles. The economy-enhancing, easy-rolling and lightweight suspension transmitted not noise but a roar to the passenger on cobblestones, bricks and rough

It’s unlikely many in the USA would pay a premium for such VW says German owners more than make up for the price because of tax breaks for cars and because of lower consumption in a land where a about $4.

Test cars are early-production models or even practice jobs, so it’s to forgive some of the Lupo’s

What’s hard to overlook is the It’s the key hardware that Lupo go so far on so little fuel. But a fuel-economy zealot would trouble being charitable.

To its magic, the transmission seeks the gear ratio that the can handle without stalling, in acceleration so sluggish it almost claim to be acceleration at all. cruise 80 miles an hour all But ask it to change speeds and oh, woe.

Whether shifting up or down, the automatic mechanism takes a time to engage the next then does so abruptly. In the the engine slows almost to a It’s as if you’re riding a driver’s-ed student unable to gas, clutch and gearshift.

The diesel has surprising pep, that you’d not suspect rated just 61 horsepower, but the follies mask the power in the of fuel husbandry.

Also, to out a bit more economy, the engine and allows the front driving to coast, or free-wheel, when you let off the gas Without an engine-braking effect, you up alarmingly fast on the car ahead or the pedestrian.

Final quirk: The stops running if the brake is depressed four seconds or That saves fuel at red lights and during gridlock. off the brake pedal and the starter the engine up.

Revivification happens But the transmission again delays It takes maddening moments the gearbox is fully engaged and the car accelerate strongly. You jam the throttle Then the whole shebang up and, screech, the torque-rich engine tries to turn the front tires into shreds of rubber. So now you’re embarrassed: You’ve held up the of cars like an inattentive and then you squealed the tires as if you your cute little was some sort of hot rod.

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You can bypass the most-damnable behavior two

Switch off the Eco button on the dashboard. The gives up its obsession with economy and begins to shift a normal gearbox. That the engine shutoff at idle. And it rid of the risky free-wheeling, too. the transmission takes too long to from gear to gear, and still stuck with the shift personality.

Fortunately, the also has a Tiptronic feature, you to slide the gear lever and shift up or down when you That’s best, but the egregious between shifts remains.

technology is under the hood. The diesel uses what’s direct injection and some tweaks to produce sufficient for highway passing, and nice for around-town lunges and for people- and

VW acknowledges that it developed the Lupo mainly to quiet the Such matters are more here than in the USA.

As as the car is, it keeps the promise of good economy. And it simultaneously proves two Extraordinary fuel efficiency is with current technology; it is neither cheap nor pleasant.

to VW for putting its development money the fuel economy zealots’ are. But boo to a car with such behavior.

What is it? Front-wheel-drive marketed as the first mass-production car to use three liters of fuel per 100 (equivalent to about 78 miles per Though not intended for the U.S. the car’s technology could be to U.S. models if fuel becomes more important

What’s standard? 1.2-liter, turbocharged diesel engine 61 horsepower; five-speed, manual-style shifted automatically by the car’s or manually without a clutch by the computerized engine shut-off at longer than four extensive use of lightweight aluminum and dual front-impact air bags and air bags; anti-lock brakes.

How much? Equivalent to about But consumers get back some of because the car’s high efficiency earns an exemption German car tax worth about

Overall: Rough around the but a laudable technical exercise.

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