Volkswagen Beetle Review

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Volkswagen Beetle Review

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There is a bit more body roll than its sibling the Volkswagen Golf and it sort of feels like you are wearing a skirt, but the Volkswagen Beetle is more agile than you might first think.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

There is a bit more body roll than its sibling the Volkswagen Golf and it sort of feels like you are wearing a skirt, but the Volkswagen Beetle is more agile than you might first think. When pressed hard the Beetle will safely understeer and is very predictable.

The ride quality was good and the Volkswagen Beetle is good at handling poor British road surfaces without transmitting back too much information to the occupants. There was a little bit too much road noise for our liking but we feel it was down the profile of the tyres on minor roads at speed.

Ease of Use

Front seat occupants will find it easy to get in and out of the Volkswagen Beetle, the cills are relatively low and the doors open very wide. The doors can present a bit of a problem in tight parking spaces due to their length. Children will find it easy to get into the rear, although adults might find it a little claustrophobic. Head and leg room is fine in the front but the tailgate does intrude into the rear seat passenger's space.

There are rear IsoFix child seat fixings but being a two door car - it is hard to help children into rear child seats.

 All round vision is subjective, it depends on the driver - there are some blind spots and reversing requires careful thought as is not too easy to judge the length of the Volkswagen Beetle. We would recommend opting for rear parking sensors which were fitted to our test car at a cost of £325. Some people also don't like the expansive dashboard, feeling isolated from the road ahead.

Getting into the ideal driving position is easy with a height adjustable seat and the steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach. Larger drivers may wish to avoid cars with figure hugging sports front seats, a £320 option on our test car.

The boot space is fairly accommodating; it offers a luggage capacity, ranging from 209 litres to 769 litres with the rear seats folded down, 60/40 split seats are a £145 option and were fitted to our test car.

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Volkswagen Beetle Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolkswagen Beetle 1.8T
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourSunflower Special
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.7 seconds
Top Speed 126 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban25.7 mpg
Extra Urban44.1 mpg
Combined34.9 mpg
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating4 Star
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 02/06/10)£18,330

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