Volkswagen Beetle Road Test (2011)

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle Review

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The re-invented Beetle is on sale in the UK from early 2012 and prices will start from £14,897 for a petrol-engined 1.2 TSI with 103 bhp.

Safety and Security

The beetle has yet to be crash tested by EuroNCAP, but it has been designed to achieve a five-star rating and with largely Golf components under the skin, there is no reason to expect otherwise. It comes equipped with the same high standard of security provision as other VWs.


Volkswagen anticipates a fashion following for the Beetle, and has specified a sound system worthy of a rock star to match. It is a 400w Fender audio kit that delivers powerful, pin-sharp pereformance and impressive bass sound. The price has yet to be announced. Volkswagen's excellent intuitive satnav is available on most versions.

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What We Liked
  • Dynamic drive
  • Lively performance
  • More styling muscle
  • Practical design
  • High build quality
What We Disliked
  • Sporty 2.5 litre petrol version not for UK
  • Ride rather firm
  • 18-inch wheels
What We'd Like To See
  • Return of the flower vase as an option

What a huge improvement the Beetle has undergone compared with its predecessor. This one feels a much more accomplished car, less fashion statement and more true driver's machine. It is so much more the true successor for the hugely successful original Beetle than the second generation car ever managed to be.

26 September 2011 Melanie Carter
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Volkswagen Beetle Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolkswagen Beetle 2.0 TSI
Body TypeHatchback
ColourTornado Red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph7.5 Seconds
Top Speed 139 mph
Transmission6-Speed manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Extra UrbanTBA
Insurance GroupTBA
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 26/09/11)Circa £24,500

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