Used Volkswagen Lupo Hatchback 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

1999 - 2005 review
Volkswagen Lupo Hatchback (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Lupo Hatchback (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Lupo Hatchback (99 - 05)
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Which used Volkswagen Lupo hatchback should I buy?

The Lupo comes with a wide range of engines. Petrols include a 50bhp 1.0-litre (slow, but fine in town), a 75bhp 1.4 (less laboured and still pretty frugal, making it the best choice), a 100bhp version of the same 1.4 (faster but thirstier) and a 125bhp 1.6 in the Lupo GTI (quick but expensive to buy and run).

There are two diesel units - a 1.4 with 75bhp and a 1.7 with just 60bhp. The 1.7 isn't worth bothering with because it's gutless, but the 1.4 is much more punchy and still frugal.

The 1.0-litre motor comes in basic E trim only. This gets you power steering and twin front airbags. The 75bhp 1.4 and the 1.7 diesel are offered in both E and S trim, which adds central locking, deadlocks and electric windows. Sport trim adds alloy wheels and heated mirrors and the GTI gets an alarm, immobiliser and remote central locking.