Volkswagen Beetle Road Test (2010)

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Volkswagen Beetle Review

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For a car that has been with us over 10 years the Volkswagen Beetle may not be state of the art when it comes to Safety and Security but it does have ABS, ESP, EDL and ASR - which in layman's terms means that it has Electronic Stabilisation Programme with traction control to keep you on the road, controlling potential skids, anti-lock brakes to help you steer when braking under load.

Safety and Security

For a car that has been with us over 10 years the Volkswagen Beetle may not be state of the art when it comes to Safety and Security but it does have ABS, ESP, EDL and ASR - which in layman's terms means that it has Electronic Stabilisation Programme with traction control to keep you on the road, controlling potential skids, anti-lock brakes to help you steer when braking under load. There are front and side airbags plus a curtain bag which only seems to cover front seat occupants.

To stop your pride and joy being stolen there is alarm system with interior protections and an electronic immobiliser.

Comfort and Refinement

We tested the Volkswagen Beetle 1.8-litre Turbo which was fitted with a number of options to entertain and enjoy. In the day of auto on headlights and wipers the VW Beetle, by today's standards, is a little Spartan - where is the electronic climate control? Instead you get a manual air conditioning system.

Although the flower vase still remains you do not seem to get a flower to put in it anymore - which seemed a shame as that adds to the fun of ownership.

Infotainment

Our test car was fitted with a radio/cd player with six speakers, we benefited from the optional £190 iPod interface, which allows you to have some limited control over your iPod player but of course does offer a direct connection and charging. You can opt for a CD changer for £475 which fits into the central armrest.

Although perfectly listenable to the standard audio system leaves something to be desired by today's standards.

VW do not offer a plumbed in Satellite Navigation option so you have to rely on personal navigation device such TomTom.

Rivals
  • Citroen DS3
  • MINI
What We Liked
  • Styling - it still cracks a smile.
What We Disliked
  • It is sad to say that the Volkswagen Beetle has seen its best days - the competition is ahead of the game.
What we'd like to see
  • A totally revised model which we understand is due.
Conclusion

We think it is a case of how long will Volkswagen continues to produce the current Beetle as sales see a decline. It is great recreation of an iconic car but ultimately Volkswagen need to invest into the Beetle development and we understand that a completely new model is now on horizon.

We really enjoyed our time with new Volkswagen Beetle even though it is beginning to show its age - it still raised a smile wherever we went but it did not turn so many heads. We noticed that people where more prepared to let you out at junctions and strangely give way to you on country lanes.

In summary still very enjoyable if not a little dated.

2 June 2010 Melanie Carter
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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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