Volkswagen Beetle review

Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Beetle
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Attractive though it may be, Oz is not cheap. An entry-level Beetle costs around £2k more than an entry-level Golf and provides little extra for a car that feels a decade older than its more modestly dressed sibling.

Standard Beetle trim gets a reasonable amount of kit but looks rather dowdy, so you might be tempted to upgrade to funkier-looking Design trim. Dune and R-line trims are both too expensive to recommend.

The manual 108bhp 2.0 diesel achieves the best CO2 figure at 113g/km, but it’s much more expensive than the entry-level 1.2 petrol, which pumps out 126g/km of CO2 with a manual gearbox.

Volkswagen supplies an average three-year/60,000-mile warranty with the Beetle that can be extended to four or five years with an increased mileage allowance. That extra allowance might not be a bad proposition if you’re planning on keeping it, since VW scored below average in our most recent reliability survey.

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Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle
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The VW Beetle, while never short on style, has aged a lot, so you’re better off with the comprehensively better Mini or more practical Golf

  • Strong engines
  • Airy interior
  • Easy-to-use infotainment
  • Poor low-speed ride
  • Expensive to buy
  • Interior feels cheap in places