Volkswagen Lupo 1998 vs Smart ForFour 2004

Volkswagen Lupo
1998 - 2005
Smart ForFour
2004 - 2006
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 1.7 Diesel1.5 Diesel


Power: 60 HP68 HP
Torque: 115 NM160 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 16.8 seconds13.9 seconds
Smart ForFour is a more dynamic driving.
Volkswagen Lupo engine produces 8 HP less power than Smart ForFour, whereas torque is 45 NM less than Smart ForFour. Due to the lower power, Volkswagen Lupo reaches 100 km/h speed 2.9 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 4.44.6
Real fuel consumption: 4.7 l/100km5.3 l/100km
The Volkswagen Lupo is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Volkswagen Lupo consumes 0.2 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Smart ForFour, which means that by driving the Volkswagen Lupo over 15,000 km in a year you can save 30 litres of fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Volkswagen Lupo consumes 0.6 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Smart ForFour.
Fuel tank capacity: 34 litres47 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 770 km in combined cycle1020 km in combined cycle
940 km on highway1200 km on highway
720 km with real consumption880 km with real consumption
Smart ForFour gets more mileage on one fuel tank.


Length: 3.53 m3.75 m
Width: 1.64 m1.68 m
Height: 1.46 m1.45 m
Volkswagen Lupo is smaller, but slightly higher.
Volkswagen Lupo is 22 cm shorter than the Smart ForFour, 4 cm narrower, while the height of Volkswagen Lupo is 1 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 130 litres268 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
860 litres910 litres
Smart ForFour has more luggage space.
Volkswagen Lupo has 138 litres less trunk space than the Smart ForFour. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Smart ForFour (by 50 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.1 meters10.5 meters
The turning circle of the Volkswagen Lupo is 0.4 metres less than that of the Smart ForFour, which means Volkswagen Lupo can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`4301`450
above average

Volkswagen Lupo has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Smart ForFour has serious deffects in 10 percent more cases than Volkswagen Lupo, so Volkswagen Lupo quality is probably slightly better
Average price (€): 12001800
Pros and Cons: Volkswagen Lupo has
  • lower fuel consumption
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
Smart ForFour has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • roomier boot
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