Our overall rating:
The Volkswagen Beetle is Oz to the Golf’s Kansas. Vibrant and chipper compared with sensible and serious.
VW launched this car in 2012 as the second incarnation of the reborn Beetle and based it on the same underpinnings as the sixth-generation Golf, which went off sale in the same year the Beetle was released.
The design roots are clear to see in the round roofline, cute styling details and the retro-looking wheels on some models. There are even throwback options, such as a Fender sound system, while Dune models add tough SUV styling for extra brownie points.
Inside, the interior is vibrant-looking, with funky seat fabrics adding to the car’s fashion appeal. The Beetle isn’t like other VW models; it’s a distinctive and fun car in a range of more sensible, family-friendly vehicles.
Under the bonnet are a choice of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol engines, plus two 2.0-litre diesels.
Which is better, then – Oz or Kansas? Over the next few pages, we’ll let you know what the Beetle is like to drive, plus which trim makes the most sense. And, as always, visit the What Car? New Car Buying section to see what tantalising discounts you can get on a new Beetle – or any other car, for that matter.
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