Used Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 1999 - 2012 review

Category: Family car

Section: Ownership cost

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (99 - 12)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (99 - 12)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (99 - 12)

Ownership cost

What used Volkswagen Beetle hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Beetle hatchback?

With all those Golf components lurking under its shell, the Beetle is as reliable as the hatchback. Niggles are generally minor. And, although the Beetle is slightly more expensive to service than the Golf, you can save a little bit of cash by going to an independent specialist.

Where the Beetle suffers over the Golf is that it's quite a heavy car, so its fuel economy suffers. MPG figures for the petrols range from the mid- to high-30s, but the diesel gives a great 53mpg. Insurance is acceptable if you stick to the 1.6, which is in group 9, but climbs as high as group 15 for the more rapid models.