For The Volkswagen Beetle is reasonable to drive and there are some fine engines to pick from. There’s plenty of head and elbow space up front and those large side windows flood the cabin with light.
Against The rear seats are cramped and some of the interior materials feel disappointingly cheap. The low-speed ride is firm, too.
The VW Beetle is not the most engaging car to drive but that’s hardly likely to bother fans of its classic retro styling. What may bother them, however, are the unsettled low speed ride and the cramped rear seats
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You have the choice of three turbocharged petrol engines – a 103bhp 1.2, a 158bhp 1.4 and the top-of-the-range 197bhp 2.0 TSI model. You can also choose from two diesels, a 103bhp 1.6 and a 138bhp 2.0.
True, the Beetle isn’t as practical, as good to drive or as classily finished as its more sensible sibling, the Golf, but it’s still a decent car. Factor in its undeniable charm and many will be prepared to put up with a few shortcomings.
This is our favourite version of the Beetle, primarily because it’s one of the cheapest. It has a small engine, but you won’t be left wanting for performance.