Please click first on the image 'proportions', then you see how VW has come to this shorter version compared to the Polo. To save development costs, one has taken over the front body of the Polo and just shortened rear. Thus the car has been constructed from the larger to a smaller model. At Far East competitors is exactly what happens the reverse, what provides considerably more space gain in the interior.
With such an approach is possible even more wheelbase despite the minor length. As indeed, the wheelbase is an important measure in the evaluation of small cars. Therewith is associated not only the interior design, but also the performance. E.G. the sometimes pronounced pitch tendency in this car class, still reinforced by subsequent attaching hard suspension/damping. With the up! from 2011 VW will launch a car for the first time at the also will be shrunk the gaps in the engine compartment.
Nevertheless, the Lupo as the legitimate successor of the prototype Chicco is a smart styled product, superior its technical forerunner Seat Arosa but also more expensive. There one gets accustomed more easily to the slightly gruff three-cylinder at VW used for the first time. Actually, it is intended as a support for any forward-looking technology but already as 3-liter version it is shipwrecked. Too expensive for both the manufacturer and the public, it is not accepted. 09/12