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2009 (58) Volkswagen Fox1.2 Urban Fox 3dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzerSpeed sensitive power steering

Entertainment

4 speakersRadio/CD

Exterior Features

2 speed front wiper/interval delayBlack side bump strips
Electric front windowsGreen tinted glass
Heated rear windowHeight adjustable headlamps
Rear wiper with interval delay 

Interior Features

12V socket with cover2 Isofix seat positions
2 rear head restraints3 spoke steering wheel
Air recirculation switchCourtesy light delay
Driver seat height adjustDust/pollen filter
Folding grab handlesFront and rear cup holders
Front seat backrest storage netsGlovebox
Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fanHeight adjustable front headrests
Height/reach adjust steering wheelLuggage compartment cover
Luggage compartment lightingStorage bins under drivers seat
Storage compartments in doorsStorage tray on dashboard
Sun visors with mirrors 

Packs

Colour pack - FoxVario plus pack - Fox

Safety

ABSDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensionersTwo 3 point rear seatbelts

Security

Electronic engine immobiliserLocking fuel filler cap
Remote central locking 

Technical

Lowered chassis 

Wheels

Full size spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)144Noise Level dB(A)72
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftSOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1198Compression Ratio10.3:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)76.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)86.9
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves6
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)46.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)54.3EC Urban (mpg)37.2

General

Badge Engine CC1.2Badge Power55
Coin SeriesUrban FoxInsurance Group 11
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 071EInsurance Group 2E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.4EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.2
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)17.5Engine Power - BHP55
Engine Power - KW40Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4750Engine Torque - LBS.FT80
Engine Torque - MKG11Engine Torque - NM108
Engine Torque - RPM3000Top Speed92

Tyres

Tyre Size Front185/60 R14Tyre Size Rear185/60 R14
Tyre Size Spare185/60 R14Wheel Type14" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1544Length3828
Wheelbase2465Width1660

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1410
Max. Loading Weight390Max. Roof Load50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked700Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked520
Minimum Kerbweight1090No. of Seats4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen Fox

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

Such are the vagaries of the global car industry that a manufacturer can seem on top of the world at one moment and on its uppers the next. After the no-expense spared approach to city car manufacture that was the Lupo, Volkswagen performed a massive body swerve and brought us something very different in the not quite so pert shape of the Fox. A 'world car' built in Brazil, the Fox was as basic as the Lupo was chi-chi. It benefited from the demise of the SEAT Arosa and helped counteract Volkswagen's more aspirational leanings such as the Phaeton and the Touareg. As a used buy, it's now starting to gain a bit of momentum.

History

The Volkswagen Group have proven past masters at building affordable, appealing citycars, with vehicles like the SEAT Arosa a case in point. The problems arose when leveraging the brands in the hierarchy. Skoda and SEAT sit at the affordable end. Next up comes Volkswagen and 'the people's car' appeals to a rather more well-heeled set of people than Skodas and SEATs. That's the theory at least and while it's relatively easy to pull off this theory when dealing with mid-priced models like Golfs and Passats, the Volkswagen badge runs out of equity at the top end - witness slow sales of the Phaeton - and increasingly found itself scuppered at the lower end by its SEAT and Skoda siblings. In short it was being squeezed - hence the struggle experienced by Volkswagen's Lupo, a rather pricey re-badged SEAT Arosa that represented VW in the citycar sector between 1999 and 2006. Volkswagen needed a car cheaper than the Lupo but which retained Volkswagen brand attributes. The Fox aimed to do just that. Taking advantage of low labour costs in Brazil, Volkswagen found itself able in 2006 to turn these cars out and ship them to Europe very cheaply. By this time, with the Lupo and the SEAT Arosa long since ditched, the Fox had become the only true city car in the Volkswagen Group portfolio - which also helped sales. The Fox landed in dealers in February 2006 and got off to a slow start, its thunder stolen by the Citroen C1/Toyota Aygo/Peugeot 107 trio. Since then, Volkswagen has attempted to stimulate interest with eyecatching deals but the Fox hasn't been the success it was hoping for. All of which spells bargains for used buyers.

What You Get

After the Lupo's silver-rimmed Italianate twin instrument dials featuring Allen bolts and soothing blue backlighting at night, the Fox comes as something of a shock. It's by no means as sophisticated as the latest crop of citycars - the Citroen C1, the Peugeot 107 and the Toyota Aygo triplets spring to mind - but it does what an inexpensive Volkswagen should do. It's versatile, well built and hugely spacious. The tape measure even shows that the interior is bigger in most key dimensions than the Polo, a car that campaigns in a class above. Volkswagen have even managed to endow the rear seats with a certain degree of MPV-style flexibility. They fold 50/50 and an option is the capability to slide 15cm back and forth, allowing owners to choose between Golf class rear legroom or genuinely useable luggage space for a family of four. That's a rarity in this class of cars and acts as a significant plus point for family buyers. The rear seat even folds and flips up, revealing a very useful flat loading area. After all, many buyers are now expecting more of so-called 'citycars'. A true citycar is a somewhat limiting vehicle, often purchased as a second or third car. The latest crop are a whole lot more versatile and can shrug off longer journeys with insouciant ease. Count the Fox amongst these. There are two trim levels - standard and Urban, which includes electric front windows, body coloured bumpers and door mirrors and remote central locking. All versions get twin airbags and are only available in a three-seater bodystyle. Access to the rear is good, even for taller passengers. The fascia is cleanly styled with a four-spoke steering wheel and a functional instrument binnacle. This houses a large speedometer with an inset digital display and ancillary warning lights along with dials grouped around the outside. The centre console is of obvious Volkswagen provenance and looks a little outdated compared to some of the slickly designed offerings rivals have come up with. Volkswagen would doubtless claim the Fox offers everything you need in a citycar and nothing you don't, but fashionistas will probably look elsewhere.

What to Look For

Any car that can survive on the streets of Sao Paolo isn't going to break a sweat in the UK. The Fox is built tough with the ethos that the lower the complication factor, the less there is to go wrong. While you might lack a few buttons to press in the showroom, if all you need is bombproof, unfussy build construction, look no further.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2006 1.2) Parts for the Fox are correspondingly affordable. An exchange clutch assembly retails for £110, and front brake pads are less than £40 a pair, whilst rears are less than £30. A new radiator is £90 and a headlamp is just £62.

On the Road

Three engines are offered - two petrols and a diesel - and they're all useful powerplants. Most buyers will be attracted to the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol unit. This fronts up with 55bhp, which is just about enough to endow the Fox with some go. The sprint to 60mph in 16.8 seconds isn't anything to shout from the rooftops but this car will cruise at British motorway speeds without feeling too strained and will return a combined fuel economy figure of over 46mpg. Carbon dioxide emissions are a saintly 146g/km, helped in no small part to the car tipping the scales at a smidgeon over 900kg. This car retailed new at about the same as a mid-range Kia Picanto, enabling Volkswagen to be more bullish about this car's sales prospects than they ever were about the Lupo's. Aside from the 1.2-litre petrol engine, there's also a 1.4-litre petrol unit. The 1.4 petrol is good for 74bhp and represents the top of the range. It's still not what you'd describe as perky, getting to 60mph in 12.6 seconds, but it's still capable of managing over 42mpg and will top 100mph.

Overall

The Fox isn't going to attract the fashionistas, Volkswagen badge notwithstanding. What it does offer is solid, sensibly sized city transport that will shrug off the worst the metropolitan milieu will throw at it. Capitalise on the fact that sales are tardy by weighing in with some heavy negotiation and don't be afraid to walk away if the seller won't budge.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
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Space
80%
Styling
50%
Build
60%
Value
60%
Equipment
60%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
60%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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