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The VW Lupo 1ltr was my first ever car. I bought it for £2599 a couple of months after passing my test. The insurance was £1200 (good job I bout a 1ltr!) but in the coming years it soon went down to £300.
My Lupo was a pale blue colour which always managed to look clean. The paintwork was in very good condition apart from on the roof where I had some rust coming through on the roof sills. After speaking to my local VW dealership I found out that I could have this repaired for free under the 12 year corrosion warranty (12 year!), whilst they gave me a courtesy car to run around in. This I was really happy with, especially as mine was a 2001 model.
I didn't really have any problems with my car until the pedal box decided to die, and it took the clutch with it (apparently a common fault on Lupos). This was very expensive to repair.
Apart from that though, it was a fantastic little car, always started 1st time and never let me down, even in the ice and snow.
The one downside the the Lupo was the amount of space afforded in the rear 2 seats and in the boot. Most of the time I treated mine like a 2 seater, using the rear seats as my boot.
Volkswagen Lupo 1.0 E , litre engine. 2002 model . PETROL
I have the blue colour the jazz blue, it has three doors that includes the boot door. Inside the car there is a drink holder at the driver side which is a bonus if you are driving ad want to have a drink . It has manual windows and does not lock automatically. The lupo does not have a glove box , but has long compartment which is open where you can place your stuff but be careful because the thieves can see it. It has two pockets in each side of the door. In the outside it looks like a fairly small car but inside is very large for instance you can fit three people at the back seats. The back seats are very comfortable and has pocket to place your drinks in each side which is very useful for kids. The boot is very small but don't get put off by it because the back seats go down and you can fit anything , I brought a long table from IKEA and managed to fit it inside the car .
The steering wheel is power steering and the car does not have air conditioning system , and it comes with a original radio but you can only insert cassettes , no cd , but there is a place to fit a Cd player. On the driver side dash board there is a mobile phone holder, I don't know if this comes with the car but it does not look as if some one stacked on it looked part of the car.
The head lights a fairly small they called cats eye, and if you are driving in a country road you might have to use the full beam lights to get best results and of course to see where you are going. It has a air bag on the steering wheel, and on the passenger side dash board.
I brought this lupo for £3500 from a local car dealer in Archway .
I brought this car to travel to and from work, it is very economical I put £10 petrol and it lasts me one week and trust me I travel 1 hour to work and from work. To fill up the petrol depot it costs £20 . It has a good road sense , I drove to BORMOUTH with it and it has done up 85 mph and it did not shake and when taking sharp bend maenuver it turns smoothly and you don't feel like as if the car is going to turn upside down. Road TAX is £100 per annum which is value for money. It is great when you are looking for parking space because it fits almost any where, so you have no worries with parking.
The car does not have automatic windows , you need to wine down the windows manually which I hate, No air conditioner which means you will roast in the summer.
My friend also has the same car in yellow colour since 2 years and she loves it because it value for money.
Volkswagen card are one of the cars which is classified as safe and very quality cars. They don't just shrink when you have accidents . The car looks exactly same as a Polo range but smaller version , it looks cute.
I have the card since 3 months now and I am saving so much on petrol, and I am not polluting the environment as much as other cars. When driving you can actually fit anywhere which means you go through little gaps in traffic. I have no problem in parking anymore because Lupo fits in to many spaces lol.
The car is smooth in driving and it has power steering . I can even race with most powerful cars lol, trust me I win with my little Lupo, I even named my little Lupo as TWEETY. I recommend this car to every one who want to save on petrol and mothers with little babes.
I also recommend the Lupo to people who wants to travel in city and travel to and from work trust me you will save allot of money.
It is also a very safe car and comfortable .
just to add again this is my review also written in ciao , I am gov25 many thanks .
I bought my lupo 1.0E a year old/12,000 miles. I was used to comfort in my Citroen but decided to opt for a small, economical & reliable car. Initial impressions of the lupo suggested I could live with the harsh ride and noise, but after 4 weeks and 1100 miles it has totally fallen out of favour. It is just too noisy and uncomfortable compared to every other car/van/lorry I have ever driven. An uncomfortable vibration resonates through the cabin whether at rest or on the move, and after 10 minutes both feet and hands tingle from contact with the pedals/steering wheel. The clutch pedal assembly broke shortly after purchase and was fixed under warranty, but the garage says the harsness and vibration is a Lupo characteristic and cannot be fixed. I would have to honestly say to anyone thinking of buying a Lupo - don't do it!
Once again I have just spent a long weekend in the UK and as usual there were relatives and friends to see all over the country, so I hired a car. Instead of the usual Peugeot 206 I end up with (I’ve written reviews for the 1.1 and 1.4 HDI diesel models I hired previously), I was slightly taken aback this time to be given Volkswagen’s “baby”, the Lupo, in it’s most basic 1.0E form. This model currently lists at £7,445 on the road. As a mid-twenties red-blooded male the Lupo isn’t really my cup of tea car-wise (although I wouldn’t kick a GTI model out of my driveway if I was given one). No, small cars generally aren’t my bag and I can see the Lupo appealing most strongly to young women. That’s not to say I didn’t like it though. What probably wins most people over is the styling – this car is (apparently) “cute”. It’s one of the smallest four-seat cars on sale today. I prefer the looks of its twin, the Seat Arosa, but only because I’m not a fan of the weird and wavy front end, which reminds me of the Mercedes E-Class. The rear is exceptionally truncated, and this has both advantages and disadvantages – it’s very easy to place when reversing, but there is very little boot space. The boot is only about nine inches deep, so you’re not going to get a lot in there if you keep the rear seat up (it struggled with my rucksack and sports bag). However, if you do need more space for your shopping, your friendly local VW dealer will be happy to steer you towards a Polo. Anyhow, inside it’s relatively roomy, especially in the front, where there were no problems with space in the footwell for my size 11s (a perennial problem on the small Peugeots and Citroens). You even get a small footrest next to the clutch. It’s also easy to get comfortable thanks to height adjustments for both the driver’s seat and the steering wheel. The das
hboard features a mock carbon-fibre finish – very nice – and it’s all very well screwed-together, although the column stalks have a very heavy action. The instruments are very legible and you get a tachometer, which is nice for a basic “town car”. The stereo has simple controls, but is a pain to seek stations with. It’s mounted high up for safety, but unfortunately this means the heating controls are low-down near the gearlever and you need to take your eyes off the road to use them. Praise for the other safety features however – twin airbags and headrests on both front and rear seats. Otherwise it’s very basic, with painted metal on the doors, wind-up windows, manual locking, and not even a glovebox (although you do get a shelf under the passenger airbag, and door pockets). To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the driving experience, but my initial prejudice over the tiny engine size was diminished, if not totally removed, over the course of the 550 miles I drove the car for. The 1-litre engine only dishes up 50bhp, so it’s never going to be a ball of fire. However, it’s perfectly nippy for town work, and has one of the nicest gearboxes I’ve ever used. It’s very manoeuvrable due to its small size and power steering, and the engine itself is reasonably quiet and refined. VW have recently been introducing three-cylinder engines on their small cars, but I believe this car (a 52-registration model with 8,000 miles on the clock) had four cylinders. Certainly I couldn’t tell from either under the bonnet or VW’s website. Out on the motorway it’s OK as long as you don’t try and dice with the photocopier salesmen in their BMW 316is in the outside lane. The gearing is very short, so 70mph in 5th comes up at 4000rpm. This means it will pick up reasonably well at that speed should you need to accelerate, but any sort of gradient will wipe out the moment
um you have built up. It is (theoretically) possible to bring up the magic (and very irresponsible, Officer) 100mph on the speedo, but it’s not really fair on the poor little thing. Incidentally, if you open a window at cruising speed, air pressure makes it impossible to wind it all the way back up, so you get an annoying whistling noise. Another problem of running at high (80-ish) speeds on the motorway is quite high fuel consumption – over 550 miles I put in just under 15 gallons, which I make about 37mpg. Not bad (miles better than the 25mpg I'd be lucky to get from my old BMW 528i under the same circumstances), but worse than the larger Peugeot 206 1.1 I hired previously (and a lot worse than the 206 1.4 HDI diesel I had before that). It’s not as much fun as the French opposition on back roads either, although it hangs on well in corners and the ride isn’t uncomfortable. The brakes are also pretty good, and it has power steering to make it manoeuvrable around town. Having said all that, if I had £7,445 (or thereabouts) down the back of my sofa and I absolutely had to buy a brand-new car, I might consider a Lupo. Why? Because it’s a Volkswagen. It appears very well built, it’s cheap to insure (Group 2), it’s economical around town, easy to park, and should be easy to sell (and retain it’s value reasonably well). But I’d probably try and stretch to a Polo (or a Skoda Fabia) for more luggage space. PS I apologise for the loss of capital letters in the first few paragraphs - I'm not sure why this has happened!
I bought my little 1 L VW Lupo 6 months and 13000 miles ago and I love it. OK, so it is my first car so I guess I would be chuffed even if it was a Lada. However this is a genuinely great little car. It small engine means the road tax is less and also puts it in insurance band 2 which meant as a driver with no insurance history I was able to get fully comprehensive insurance for under £500 (from direct line, online). The other boon of an engine this size comes at the pump. Now the car is well and truly broken in I pay about 7-8 pence a mile in petrol. Overtaking can be a bit of an ordeal however once it gets upto speed the car feels comfortable at 90 mph and can do 100 mph with the foot down on the flat (apparently, I would dream of trying it ;-). It does really guzzle fuel at that speed though. Although smaller than say a Corsa, the car feels roomier inside. This is partly at the expense of boot space which to be fair is small. This roominess is very noticeable in the footwell which is more spacious than, again, the corsa. Aesthetically the car is very good. I believe the new Polo will borrow some of the styling of the Lupo. The bubble headlights and curvy bonnet make the car look quite sporty. The car feels substantial and the doors give a reassuring heavy thud when closing. It has side impact protection and both drive and passenger airbag. The radio/cassette that comes with it is surprisingly good with fairly good speakers. Being VW you pay a bit more of course. Initially I was looking to buy a Saxo which is cheaper and has more extras. The Lupo came only with Road Tax and 1 yr manufacturer 2 yr dealer warrantee. However VW hold their value very well. The car should be worth at least half what I paid for it in 3 years time. Overall I would highly recommend this car. It is comfortable to drive, looks nice, very economical to run and should hold its value well.