The Lupo was introduced in 1999 and was available with a variety of engine sizes and trim levels.
Production of the Lupo ceased in 2005 as Volkswagen replaced the model with the Fox, which itself was upstaged by the up! in early 2012.
The Lupo was named after the Latin word for wolf and the factory at Wolfsburg, Germany.
The used Volkswagen Lupo had a fully-galvanised body and a 12-year body protection warranty and a three year warranty.
The Lupo was fitted as standard with airbags for driver and front passenger.
The Lupo offered power steering and a variable height steering wheel.
The Volkswagen Lupo also featured blue instrument back-lighting, gas-filled bonnet struts and ventilated front brake discs.
The fastest Volkswagen Lupo in the range was the GTI which was introduced in 2000 and accelerated from a standing start to 62 mph in 8.3 seconds.
The most economical Lupo’s in the UK range were the SDI and TDI which both returned in excess of 70mpg on the extra-urban cycle.
There were four trim levels offered on th Volkswagen Lupo – E, S, Sport and GTI.
All models had power steering, driver and front passenger airbags, height adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, four speaker RDS stereo radio-cassette and an engine immobiliser.
The Lupo straddled the supermini and microcar segment.
In 2002, Volkswagen UK sold about 6000 Lupos.
The biggest-seller was the 1.0-litre E model accounting for 45 per cent of sales, followed by the 1.4-litre S with 18 per cent.
The shape of the Volkswagen Lupo produced a drag coefficient of 0.32.
The car had large rear tail-lights and a centre Volkswagen roundel on the rear. The tailgate was close to vertical with a third brake light mounted in the upper edge of the tailgate.
All Volkswagen Lupos had body-coloured bumpers and side bump strips.
The cabin of the Volkswagen Lupo had a dashboard that incorporated a rev counter in two large circular housings with metallic-finish surrounds secured by small screws. The numerals were large and printed on a silver background, and backlit in blue when the lights were on.
The top of the dashboard was covered in a pixel-inlayed trim with a centre part housing air vents.
The Volkswagen Lupo had a storage shelf under the dashboard with additional cubby-holes and netted pockets on the doors included.
The door armrests of the Volkswagen Lupo were trimmed in the same fabric as the seats.