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Volkswagen Lupo Hatchback engines, drive and performance

1999 - 2005 (change model)
Performance rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Lupo’s comprehensive engine line-up is kicked off with a 1.0. It’s willing around town, but outclassed on the motorway. The three 1.4s (75bhp and 100bhp petrols and a 75bhp turbo-diesel) are competent in all areas. 1.7 SDi is off the pace and gives lower mpg than the 1.4 TD. The 125bhp 1.6 petrol is a real pocket rocket.

Lupo handles confidently. It can be thrown around corners without problems and has precise steering and a snappy gearchange. A short wheelbase means the ride can be a bit harsh.