Volkswagen Fox

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Volkswagen Fox
2008 Volkswagen Urban Fox 75 1.4 Front.jpg
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Also calledVolkswagen Lupo (Mexico)
Volkswagen Suran (Argentina)
Volkswagen Fox Plus (Algeria)
Volkswagen SpaceFox (Brazil)
Volkswagen CrossFox
Volkswagen SpaceCross
Volkswagen SportVan
Volkswagen Urban Fox
Model years 2004–present
Assembly São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil [nb 1]
São José dos Pinhais, Paraná, Brazil [nb 2]
General Pacheco, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina [nb 3]
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact car
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
5-door estate (Suran)
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group PQ24 platform
Related Volkswagen Polo IV
Engine 1.2 L I3 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.0 L I4 (petrol/ethanol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol/ethanol)
1.4 L I3 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed ASG
Wheelbase 2,465 mm (97.0 in)
Length2005–08: 3,805 mm (149.8 in)
2009–present: 3,823 mm (150.5 in)
Width1,640 mm (64.6 in)
Height1,545 mm (60.8 in)
Predecessor Volkswagen Lupo (Europe)
Successor Volkswagen Up (Europe)

The Volkswagen Fox is a subcompact car produced and designed by Volkswagen of Brazil and sold in Latin America since 2003 [1] and in Europe from 2005 to 2011, [2] [3] where it was sold as the city car offering. Currently the Fox is produced as a three-door and five-door hatchback. There is also a mini SUV version called Fox Xtreme (previously CrossFox) and a mini MPV/station wagon model called Suran, SpaceFox, SportVan or Fox Plus depending on the market.


Earlier use of the nameplate

Volkswagen acquired the rights to the name in 1969, by purchasing NSU. The original NSU Fox was a motorbike first seen in 1949, [4] and Volkswagen had subsequently used the "Fox" name in some markets for special edition Volkswagen Polos. The Audi 80 produced in the 1970s also used the name Fox on vehicles sold in Australia and the United States. The Australian version was assembled locally by Volkswagen Australasia Ltd.

North America (1987–1993)

The Fox was a variant of the Gol manufactured by Volkswagen do Brasil and marketed by Volkswagen in North America as an entry level subcompact from 1987 to 1993. Initially offered as a two-door and four-door sedan as well as a two-door wagon, the wagon was discontinued in 1991 along with the two-door for the Canadian market, the same year the four-door sedan (as well as the two-door, in the United States) received a mild restyling.

North American market Volkswagen Fox GL sedan Volkswagen-Fox-GL-sedan.jpg
North American market Volkswagen Fox GL sedan

The Fox featured a longitudinal mounted 1.8L, 81 PS (60 kW; 80 hp) four-cylinder gasoline engine, sharing components with the Volkswagen Golf along with a four-speed transmission for the standard two- and four-door sedan and a five-speed transmission for the "GL" sport model an automatic transmission was not offered. There was no power steering available. The Fox had power assisted disk brakes in the front and drums in the rear. The Fox did not have an anti-lock braking system.

According to the U.S. EPA, the four-speed version averaged 24 mpgUS (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpgimp) on the new combined driving cycle with the five-speed transmission able to produce 23 mpgUS (10 L/100 km; 28 mpgimp) on the new driving cycle. Under the old test protocol, the Volkswagen Fox was able to produce 26 mpgUS (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpgimp) with the five-speed transmission and 27 mpgUS (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpgimp) with the four-speed transmission.

Early models (1987–1989) featured the Bosch CIS-E also known as KE-Jetronic electro mechanical fuel injection, using an oxygen sensor to assist in fuel management. Later models featured (1990 to 1993) Bosch Digifant electronic fuel injection. In Canada, the Fox from 1987 to 1989 was offered with the simpler Bosch CIS fuel injection (K-Jetronic) without an oxygen sensor for the engine fuel management system.

Due partly to booming sales of the Passat, Jetta, Golf and the price of the Fox compared to other manufacturers at the time, the Fox faded out fast, making it a rare car - particularly so the facelift (1990 to 1993) models. Fewer were being produced for North America due to the lack of demand. Volkswagen also priced the car very low, to compensate for the ever more expensive German-made cars, and Volkswagen of America lost money on every Fox sold in the early years. [5]

Originally, the Fox's squared off front end featured sealed beam halogen headlamps; after 1991 models received revised sheet metal with flush glass headlamps (MK2).

South Africa

In South Africa, the Fox name was used for a model based on the first generation Jetta. [6] This was sold alongside the Volkswagen Citi Golf, based on the first generation Golf.


Latin America

In South America, it fits between its two supermini brothers, the low cost Gol and the Polo. In Mexico, it was called the Lupo, due to the last name of then current President Vicente Fox. Volkswagen of Mexico dropped the Lupo after a short run of 2009 models, due to poor sales, and replaced it along with the aged Pointer and Derby by the VW Novo Gol. The SportVan was also quietly discontinued in Mexico in February 2010 due to poor sales, leaving only the CrossFox.

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2015 Volkswagen Fox

In November 2009, the new 2010 Volkswagen Fox was revealed in Brazil and later also in Argentina. [7] The model was restyled again in 2015.


  • Engine: VHT, BAH; I4, 1599 cc, cast-iron cylinder block, RSH (roller rocker arm)
  • Power: 104 hp (74 kW) at 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Injection: Motronic (Benzin ME7.5.10 until 2006)
  • Torque: 154 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) at 2500 rpm
  • 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 10.8 s
  • Top Speed: 174 km/h (108 mph)
  • Boot: 260–1,016 L (9.2–35.9 cu ft) [8]
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual (Audi MQ200 manual gearbox) or i-Motion ASG
  • Fuel capacity: 50 L (13.2 US gal; 11.0 imp gal)
  • Brakes: front disks, rear drums


Pre-facelift Volkswagen Fox 1.4 2008 Volkswagen Urban Fox 75 1.4 Rear.jpg
Pre-facelift Volkswagen Fox 1.4

The Fox was introduced to Europe at the AMI Leipzig Motor Show in April 2005, on debut in Europe, the Fox was only available as a three-door hatchback and with three engine options: the 1.2 L 40 kW (55 hp) I3 and 1.4 L 55 kW (75 hp) I4 petrol engines and the 1.4 L 51 kW (69 hp) TDI engine.

The Fox was sold with a long options list to reduce its tag price, therefore letting the European customer specify the Fox to their liking. It did come with standard twin airbags and anti-lock braking system for safety measures. Upon its debut, the Fox scored four stars in EuroNCAP's crash rating system.[ citation needed ]

In the European market, the Fox replaced the Lupo city car as the entry level car in the lineup. Volkswagen stopped selling the Fox in Europe in 2011 and it has been replaced by the Volkswagen Up. [9] Like the contemporary Polo, the Fox is based on Volkswagen's PQ24 platform.


Petrol engines
1.2 I3 1198 cc56 PS (41 kW; 55 hp) at 4750 rpm108 N⋅m (80 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm
1.4 BKR I4 1390 cc76 PS (56 kW; 75 hp) at 5000 rpm124 N⋅m (91 lb⋅ft) at 2750 rpm
Diesel engines
1.4 TDII31422 cc71 PS (52 kW; 70 hp) at 4000 rpm155 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) at 1600–2800 rpm


CrossFox/Fox Xtreme

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Volkswagen CrossFox

The Volkswagen Fox Xtreme is a mini SUV version which sets it apart from the standard Fox. Before 2018 it was known as the CrossFox. As is the case for other similar models, it is available only with front-wheel drive.

It is produced in Brazil and sold in Latin American markets; there were plans to export it to European markets to compete in the expanding mini SUV market (see Ford EcoSport and Fiat Idea Adventure).

This version contains mixed-use tires and a suspension raised slightly beyond a spare tire on the outside of the trunk.


A mini MPV/station wagon version of the Fox was presented in April 2006. It is named Suran in Argentina [10] and Uruguay, SpaceFox in Brazil [11] and Peru, [12] SportVan in Mexico [13] and Fox Plus in Algeria. [14] It is built in General Pacheco, Argentina. [15]

Because of its 360 mm-extended tail (4,165 mm vs. 3,805 mm), it has a larger boot and more rear leg room than the hatchback versions. Its main competitors are the Peugeot 206 SW and Fiat Palio Weekend.

The initial version has the same wheelbase of 2,645 mm (104.1 in), a length of 4,165 mm (164.0 in), a width of 1,655 mm (65.2 in) and a height of 1,545 mm (60.8 in). [14] It uses the 1.6-litre engine, with power output levels ranging between 98 and 103 PS (72 and 76 kW; 97 and 102 bhp), depending on the fuel version (petrol or blend of ethanol and petrol).

In 2010 and 2014, it was facelifted, gaining slightly enlarged dimensions: 4,180 mm (164.6 in) in length, 1,660 mm (65.4 in) in width and 1,576 mm (62.0 in) in height. It was discontinued in 2019. [16]


  1. European version.
  2. For Latin America.
  3. The Volkswagen Suran.

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