Volkswagen likes a touch of retro – enter the Beetle, well the new Beetle. Of the original car, almost 22 million original Beetles were built, making it one of the most popular cars in the history of the motor vehicle.
This latest Beetle is really a Golf in Beetle drag. However, this current version is sharper looking, less girlie and should appeal to a much wider audience than before.
Fancy a bit of oomph? Then the 197bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol should be the engine of choice. This unit adds a bit of needed zest to the Beetle range. This means it will reach 62mph from a standing start in 7.5 seconds. To add to the drama the bark of the exhaust is identical to that of the Audi TT RS – burble, burble, and burble.
Stacks of equipment comes as standard including aircon, DAB digital radio, alloys, a leather steering wheel, MP3 connectivity, electric windows and mirrors, a trip computer, a CD player and remote central locking.
Practicality has improved too. Boot space has increased by 44%, to 310 litres, up from the 209 litres found in the previous generation. That means the load space is just 40 litres short of the Beetle’s sibling, the Golf. Fold the rear seats and the load space expands to 905 litres to help stow those bigger items.