A recent spending spree resulted in a quick trip around some of the local main dealer garages looking at their new small models. The lupo is VW latest car, as is the norm recently all car manufacturers have grown their "small" car until a new smaller "small" car is required to give the consumer the correct size option again. With VW this means that the latest polo is just too big for someone looking for a tiny town-car, hence the Lupo. As expected the Lupo is very well put together and I absolutely love the bubble headlights. The exterior is cute with its little nose, and this is extended inside too. The interior design is a very welcome break, the dash dials are surrounded by a metal-effect dial surround which adds alot of style to the car. Sadly the interior is the place that you'll find my major downside (and it is a really minor major!) - VW have opted for some exposed metal styling on the doors, all around the door trim is a 2inch section of the door metal (in the exterior colour of course) which just reminds me of my old nova too much to forgive. I test drove the car with my wife and mother in law, thats 3 fully grown people in a tiny 1.4l car - boy did it fly! As soon as i left the forcourt I put my foot down intending the car to just pick up speed slowly (its a small engined car after all), but as the salesman did explain when handing over the keys, the 75bhp 16v engine is a beast. The car is as comfortable as would be expected, its a small car so it wont be a long distance cruiser and this engine matches up wonderfully. Over all its a great styles small car, a wonderful package at a normal VW expensive price - you can pay alot less by going for the Seat Arosa (which is exactly the same car without VW's touch on the finish), but personally I wouldnt. The finally VW package is just too good. Ultimately we went for the Polo, we decided that the extra boot space and the more "big car" int
erior trim (note: no exposed metal) suited us much better.