Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 42 - 48 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

This small Volkswagen offers good fuel economy (although bizarrely not as good as the larger Polo) with 46mpg achievable with the 1.2-litre and 42mpg on average for the 1.4-litre. Volkswagen dealer servicing tends to be pricey, but parts costs should be reasonable enough. Residual values are among the best in the class. After three years/60,000 miles, all Fox models should be worth between 35 and 40 per cent of their original values.

Insurance is low too with the 1.2-litre group 1 and the 1.4-litre in group 2.

The Fox is a good choice for eco-friendly buyers, although emissions aren’t quite as low as you’d expect for such a small car. The 1.2-litre emits 144g/km of CO2 which seems quite high compared to some other similar-sized cars. Volkswagen has put some thought into making the Brazilian-built Fox at least nod towards being environmentally friendly: the roof lining comes from the fibre of pineapple plants and the texture of the plastics are patterns from South American plants.

Much of the Fox is based on the Polo and other proven Volkswagen cars. It should be mechanically strong, but the fit of the interior is disappointing – when compared to other Volkswagens – although the materials appear robust.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165 - £220
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Insurance group 1 - 3
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