Volkswagen Lupo Reviews from Netherlands

2001 Volkswagen Lupo 1.4 Comfortline 44 kW 4 cilinder

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 44 kW 4 cilinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres

Summary:

Fast, cheap and reliable

Faults:

- Cup holder got stuck, replaced entire unit.

General Comments:

The VW Lupo is an excellent car. It is only 60 hp, but it drives very fast. On the motorway I can reach 90 miles an hour easily.

The interior is very spacious in the front. The seats are very comfortable and very well made, the height is adjustable.

The dashboard is the same as from the 1999-2002 VW Polo, with blue and red lights. It really is a thrill to drive at evenings or at night, just to see the blue dials and the red controls.

My Lupo has the comfortline package, which includes power windows, power mirrors, comfort seats, radio/cd player and 2 airbags.

2 airbags are standard by the way.

The car is very economical, only uses 4 to 5 litres per 100 km.

It has no ABS or other electric gizmos, so I don't have to go the the garage every time to read out an error...

I really like the Lupo in every way, it looks good, it drives good, it is cheap to drive and cheap when bought 2nd hand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2004

2000 Volkswagen Lupo 75 HP 1.4 Litre 16v

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 Litre 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance32000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 25

Summary:

Enjoyable in every way

Faults:

The only thing that went wrong with my newly purchased Lupo, was that it came equipped with a faulty universal plug for the audio-equipment. After I hooked up my new Pioneer (blue lighted) CD-player, things where really spooky...

It took me one whole Saturday afternoon to find out that the plug was the problem..

General Comments:

Being a Volkswagen fan, I was really thrilled when I entered the Lupo for the first time. Someone took great pride in designing the interior and driving at night is a joy! Often copied, never equaled, those nifty science fiction-like blue lit gauges..

The performance of this little wonder-car is surprising, with it's 75 horsepower 16 valved, 1.4 litre engine. Try to outrun any BMW at the traffic-lights, with perfect clutch-timing you may find yourself looking in the face of a dissapointed macho through your rear-view mirror! I ordered my Lupo with some nice extras: -fog lights, -electric windows and (heated!) mirrors, heated windscreen washer and, the best part, the "open air edition" folding top. Driving with the top folded back on a summer's day is so cool! Together with the fantasia green paint and the ditto green upholstery, it's a real head-turner.

That's something you can rarely say about "regular" cars these days...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2002

1999 Volkswagen Lupo 1.7 sdi

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.7 sdi Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carSeat Cordoba

Summary:

Nice and spacious, but have doubts about the build quality

Faults:

Engine failed completely twice.

Brakes failed twice.

Tires had to be replaced too soon.

Smaller things.

Everything replaced by excellent Fushings dealer.

General Comments:

A very nice car. Spacious enough for a family with two kids. Makes you feel like you're driving a much bigger car.

Fuel consumption is excellent.

Safe car too...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2000

23rd Sep 2002, 16:26

I drive a 'W' reg Lupo 1.7 SDI. I bought it this year (2002) in May sometime. It has been a fantastic car. Excessively cheap to run and brilliant fun, but I am noticing a few little niggles with it now.

The tires seem to have worn out rapidly. I would not call myself a 'boy racer', but do find that the very torquey engine does spin the wheels in the wet if you are not careful. Mind you, the distances that I have covered in this 'little car' are closing on the 10,000 mark already and it was second hand.

The brakes are unusual. Sometimes it possesses the stopping power of a triple parachute launched from the boot. Other times though, I just find them poor and soggy. I have just learned that VW have been recalling many of the Lupos manufactured in 1999-2001. As far as I can tell, the brakes are supposed to be a little more positive. I am going to look into this tomorrow to see if my car is affected.

Initially the body roll was surprising for a car of this size. I think that the damping could be a little firmer. I did adjust to it after a while, and often find myself at a fairly brisk pace on the 'B' roads that run through Wales.

On a positive note though, this has to be the most fun car I have ever owned. I also own an 'E' reg 1.6 8v Golf GTI cabriolet. I choose the Lupo for most trips, for the economy and creature comforts. It has some poke on the motorways, and will comfortably hold 70-85Mph with no trouble. The engine does get a little noisy at 90Mph it will continue to a little over 100Mph.

I am very pleased with this car and would give it a high rating, say 4 out of 5 stars.

Nicholas Llewellyn (Wales UK).

9th Dec 2007, 10:48

Thank you for your review Nicholas not in the dictionary Llewellyn!

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews