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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.

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback
33 5stars

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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There are 12 Volkswagen Beetle versions available

Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 3dr £15,835
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 BMT 3dr £17,660
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 Design 3dr £18,230
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 Design DSG 3dr £19,690
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 BMT Design 3dr £20,035
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 160 Design 3dr £20,265
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 140 Design 3dr £20,735
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 160 Sport 3dr £22,085
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 3dr £22,555
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 210 Sport 3dr £23,315
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 210 Turbo Black 3dr £24,015
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 210 Turbo Silver 3dr £24,015
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 3dr

Sorry Whatcar but I do disagree with your review. Having owned this vehicle for a week I must write a very different review. Having switched from a…

Ian Clift

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