Volkswagen Beetle

4/5
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Verdict

The third generation Beetle adopts the classic styling cues of the original icon forged with Volkswagen modern build quality. it is a combination of style, personality and fun.

Performance

Depending on what trim line you opt for when purchasing your Beetle, your engine choice will be determined, or vice versa. The entry level trim is available with a choice of a 1.2TSI petrol with 105bhp mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 2.0TDI diesel with 110bhp mated to a 5-speed manual. The Beetle Design adds the option of a 7-speed DSG automatic to those engine choices. The Beetle Sport however offers a 1.4TSI with 150bhp with a choice of 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG. The diesel option is another 2.0 litre with 150bhp mated to the 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG.

Ride & Handling

The Beetle unfortunately does not benefit from being built on Volkswagen's latest MQB platform. It is however based on the last generation Mark 6 Golf. Naturally it still drives well, provides a comfortable drive, has well weighted steering, is decent in the corners and provides good grip. If you opt for the Beetle Sport, you do get a slightly stiffer setup to improve handling and the supercharged 1.4TSI is very responsive. If you want a combination of power and economy from your beetle, the 2.0 150bhp might be the option.

Refinement

As mentioned above, the Volkswagen Beetle comes with a choice of three trim levels. These are Beetle, Design and Sport. The entry level Beetle trim line comes with a decent level of specification including electric windows, air-conditioning, 5.8 inch infotainment touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity and cruise control. Higher spec models bring climate control, colour coded mirrors and side mouldings. It also gains a rear spoiler and bigger 18 inch alloy wheels.

Quality & Reliability

While the exterior may have gained some of the older styling cues with a modern aggressive twist, the interior is a perfect modern nod to the Beetle interior of old. First impressions are of the usual Volkswagen upmarket feel with the use of soft-touch materials and solid overall build quality. The dashboard is a very simple streamlined design with contrast piano black inserts and a lovely feeling 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel. The seats are comfortable and cosseting, while the driving position gives you a decent view out of the Beetleā€™s old school, small flat windscreen.

Safety & Security

The Beetle is another very safe Volkswagen model scoring the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing. It comes with a very generous level of standard safety kit that includes anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, cruise control, hill assist, ISO-FIX and a full set of airbags. You can also tick the options list for additional items like lane assist parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.

Space & Practicality

While the Beetle does feel spacious, it is only available with two doors. Possibly more suited to that of a young couple rather than young family, it still outperforms direct rivals like the Mini in areas like boot space that includes two glovebox compartments for storage, large door pockets and a central cubby. Access for rear passengers is not the easiest but not bad, but head and legroom is on the tight side. It does get a decent 310 litre boot however and a rear bench that folds in a 60:40 split to open up the full back of the cabin to 905 litres.

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Key Facts

Make

Volkswagen

Model
Beetle
Variant
BEETLE 1.2TSI 105HP Petrol
Trim
Beetle
Car Category
Family Hatch
First Launched
2010
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€22,295
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
5.3
Average km/L
18.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range
1038 km
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average Cost Per 200 km
€13.93
CO2 emmissions
123 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
105 bhp
Max Power kW
78
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1197
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
180 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.9 s
L/100km Urban
7.60 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
3
Seats
4
Boot capacity
310 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
No
Power Steering
Speed-sensitive power steering
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Reversing Camera
No
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
3 Year vehicle warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year vehicle warranty
Car Body
12 Years Anti-Perforation
Paintwork
3 Years on paintwork
Mileage
90000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
310 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/55 R17 mm
Tyre size back
215/55 R17 mm
Length
4278 mm
Width
2021 mm
Height
1486 mm
Wheel Base
2537 mm
Front Track (mm)
1486
Rear Track (mm)
1544
Kerb weight
1274 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1680
Turning circle (m)
10.8

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Independent, spring multi-link with stabilizer
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
105 bhp
14 Variants
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Hatchback
€22,295
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 105 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.9 s
  • New Price €22,295
Hatchback
€24,465
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 105 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.9 s
  • New Price €24,465
Hatchback
€24,855
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.0 s
  • New Price €24,855
Hatchback
€26,450
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 105 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.9 s
  • New Price €26,450
Hatchback
€26,990
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.0 s
  • New Price €26,990
Hatchback
€28,885
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.7 s
  • New Price €28,885
Hatchback
€28,995
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.0 s
  • New Price €28,995
Hatchback
€30,595
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.7 s
  • New Price €30,595
Hatchback
€30,910
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.7 s
  • New Price €30,910
Hatchback
€31,560
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.9 s
  • New Price €31,560
Hatchback
€32,660
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.7 s
  • New Price €32,660
Hatchback
€33,270
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.9 s
  • New Price €33,270
Hatchback
€33,600
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.9 s
  • New Price €33,600
Hatchback
€35,350
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.9 s
  • New Price €35,350