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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 5 - Volkswagen Fox

Updated on September 30, 2008


Although it should get considerably better mileage given that it's using the same engine as the Polo yet is a much smaller, lighter car, the Fox is a very good value. You get that famed German build quality, crisp styling, and all wrapped up in a very short package that you can park darn near anywhere you can squeeze in a Smart car. It's well priced, but I just can't get past the performance and fuel economy. Why is it slower and returns worse fuel mileage than the identically engined Polo? I certainly can't figure it out.


The Volkswagen Fox Hatchback 1.2 3 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $9,770.11, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1198 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 92 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 17.5 seconds. The performance factor of 13.0 is above average for its class. The Volkswagen Fox Hatchback 1.2 3 Door returns 54.3 MPG in highway driving, 37.2 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 46.3. With a fuel tank capacity of 11 gallons, the car can travel 597 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 720 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Volkswagen Fox Hatchback 1.2 3 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 82, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Volkswagen Fox Hatchback 1.2 3 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 3

Seats • Number of • 4

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1198 / 3

Valves • Number of • 6

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 54 / 4750

Torque (lb / ft) • 80

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3828

Overall Width (mm) • 1660

Overall Height (mm) • 1544

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 1020

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1060

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 900

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 930

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 270

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 1016

Turning Radius (m) • 10.6

Towing Capacity (kg) • 700

Curb Weight (kg) • 978


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 17.5

Top speed (MPH) • 92



Alloy Rims / Wheels • $565.00

Metallic Exterior Paint • $350.00


Central Locking System • Option Option Price Not Available

Remote Locking System • Option Option Price Not Available

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • $235.00

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Option Not Available

Electronic Stability System • $445.00

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • Option Option Price Not Available

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available


Adjustable Steering Reach • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Seat Height • Standard Equipment

Air Conditioning • $945.00

Split Folding Rear Seats • $65.00

Power Front Windows • Option Option Price Not Available

Remote Mirrors • Option Option Price Not Available

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Option Option Price Not Available

Power Moonroof • $495.00

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • $150.00

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 37.2

Highway MPG • 54.3

Combined MPG • 46.3

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 11

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 144

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $21.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 1

Estimated Average Insurance • $273.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 45.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $210.00

Maintenance Factor • 26

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $587.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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