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Volkswagen’s answer to the citycar market segment was the Lupo. It’s the Italian word for ‘wolf’ and this is a cute and jaunty supermini borrowing heavily from its stablemate the Seat Arosa. albeit in a funkier guise. Where the Lupo gains over the Arosa is in styling and build-quality, however the Arosa is significantly cheaper.

1999’s VW Lupo launch offered three engines, a 1.0 litre capacity returning 50bhp and a 1.4 litre with 75bhp, both petrol powered and a 60bhp 1.7 litre diesel. Trim levels were E, available on all three models and the slightly plusher S available with the larger two engines only. A few months after the initial launch a 100bhp Sport variant was launched using a beefed up version of the standard 1.4 litre engine.

The following year a turbo diesel was added to the line up in the form of a 1.4 litre TDi, with 75bhp and a great three-cylinder unit under the bonnet. There was also a limited edition SE trim released with the 1.0 litre engine, which offered good value for money with a decent standard kit list at the lowest price in the whole range.

In 2001 the used Volkswagen Lupo‘s line up benefited hugely from a much needed hot hatch, in the form of a GTi, but there were no further significant changes to the car until it was replaced, in 2006, by the far more appropriately named Fox.

Bang for your buck

The approved used VW Lupo for sale brings some much needed build-quality and luxury to the well-populated but usually uninspiring citycar segment. Unlike certain other manufacturers, VW decided its citycar deserved the same standard of fixtures and fittings as its more refined vehicles, giving the Lupo a tangible presence and air of excellence lacking in the majority of its rivals.

True to its name, the Volkswagen Lupo is far more Latin than Teutonic in flavour, with its modish design, a lively range of colour finishes and some bold touches to interior styling in the form of silver-lined dials and blue illumination on the instrument panel. There are no squeaks and rattles, the Lupo boasting the deportment and comfort levels of a far larger car.

This supermini has also performed well in crash tests and dual front airbags are standard equipment across the board, unexpected in this class of vehicle. This type of vehicle is never going to be spacious, but two adults in the front are comfortable with height adjustable seats and steering wheel, whereas the rear should be reserved strictly for children and very small people, or for folding down the back seats to extend the laughably cramped boot enough to fit a medium sized load from the supermarket. But then no-one with any sense buys a citycar if they’re expecting to ferry large loads around.

New buyers profited from a comprehensive three-year warranty package and a 12 year anti-corrosion guarantee.

What you’ll pay

Despite distinct similarities between the two cars, the used VW Lupo carries a premium over the Seat Arosa. Seemingly customers prefer that comforting VW badge on the front. You can find early Lupos for under the £1,900 mark, while you’re looking at about £3,500 for the last models off the production line.

What to check

With its stellar VW build-quality and mechanicals, the Lupo is pretty much worry-free as a second hand buy. All urban runarounds are subject to parking scrapes and clutch abuse but the car itself is sound.


Economy rules, with a clutch assembly kit available for £120 on an exchange basis, while a new radiator will cost you £90, a replacement headlight unit £65 and front and rear brake pad sets £40 and £30 respectively.

How it drives

Frugality is the key here, with the second hand VW Lupo returning market leading fuel economy statistics. However, to get this the 1.0 litre models are tediously, painfully, almost gratuitously slow you could almost make a cup of tea in the time it takes this one to get from 0-60mph (more than 18 seconds, with a top speed, if you can call it that, of 91mph). However, it’s not all bad news as the larger engines boast more respectable figures, particularly the Sport or the GTi models.

What you have to remember is the target audience here, which is the city dweller. If you need to do lots of motorway driving you’re looking at the wrong car, but the Lupo is very practical in the arena for which it was designed (particularly with an automatic gearbox), being economical and easy to park.

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