En­gine choice

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Used Car Focus Volkswagen Fox -

The sim­plic­ity and value at the heart of the Fox’s ap­peal was car­ried over when it came to en­gines, with just two petrol op­tions on of­fer through­out its pro­duc­tion life. For en­try-level mod­els that meant a sin­gle-cam 1.2-litre three­cylin­der mo­tor car­ried over from the big­ger VW Polo, with slightly mea­gre out­puts of 54bhp and 80lb/ft of torque. At least it got a bal­ancer shaft for smooth­ness, but out­right per­for­mance was glacial, with al­most 18 sec­onds needed to get from 0-62mph. With com­bined econ­omy of 46.3mpg and CO2 emis­sions rated at 146g/km, it was rea­son­ably clean and fru­gal, but a kerb weight that ex­ceeded the city car norm – it was heftier than both the Lupo and Toy­ota Aygo – clearly didn’t help.

If you wanted more pep you’d have been wise to choose the four-cylin­der 1.4-litre en­gine that man­aged 74bhp and an ad­di­tional 12lb/ft of torque. Shar­ing the al­loy head/ iron block con­struc­tion of the smaller unit but with four­valves per cylin­der and a DOHC lay­out, it meant the Fox could crack 100mph and get to 62mph in 13 sec­onds, while of­fer­ing 41.5mpg com­bined econ­omy and 163g/km of CO2.

Not much changed dur­ing pro­duc­tion, al­though both mod­els be­came slightly more eco­nom­i­cal and cleaner over the years (see Spec­i­fi­ca­tions for later fig­ures), and from De­cem­ber 2010 it fea­tured a 1.2-litre en­gine boosted to 59bhp and that was now Euro 5 com­pli­ant.

1.2-litre three-pot of­fers 54bhp.

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