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VW Beetle Review

January 8, 2016

The latest generation of the VW Beetle has come a long way since it was first manufactured in 1938. But with years of industry experience under its belt, Volkswagen knows how to make great cars – and the Beetle is still very much a firm favourite among car buyers looking for a quality build with quirky styling.

If you fancy getting your hands on a retro ride of your own, join us for today’s VW Beetle review and find out just what this iconic car has to offer modern buyers. And if you’re on the hunt for a helping hand with finance, we can help there, too! Let’s get stuck in!

VW Beetle

Original image by RL GNZLZ

Design

Despite its recent makeover, the VW Beetle is still instantly recognisable thanks to its distinctive styling. While it’s retained much of its famous design, a flatter bonnet, sharper roofline and minimalistic approach make the Beetle look and feel sportier than ever before – particularly if you opt for the Sport or Turbo trims.

Available in a 3-door body style or classic VW Beetle convertible, the VW Beetle still manages to offer a decent amount of boot space – with 310 litres of luggage capacity. Climb into the cabin and you’ll find a blend of retro-styling and contemporary design which helps to create an upmarket interior – and with deep door bins, two gloveboxes and a central console cup holder, there’s plenty of space for your in-car essentials.

Features

As far as trim levels go, you’ve got five to choose from. As you’d expect from Volkswagen, even the entry level Beetle comes with air conditioning, DAB digital radio, a colour Infotainment system, Electronic Stability Control and remote central locking. If you decide to opt for the Design trim, you’ll get a colour coordinated exterior and interior, leather-trim steering wheels, a Composition Media Infotainment system, Bluetooth, front fog lights and 17 inch alloy wheels.

Step up to the Sport trim and you’ll get 18 inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, front sport seats and front and rear parking sensors. If you fancy splashing the cash, the range-topping Turbo Black and Silver will give you twin exhausts and either a black effect or chrome effect detailing for a touch of luxury.

Performance

As the VW Beetle is based on the Mk6 VW Golf, it doesn’t disappoint in terms of drivability. It gives you plenty of grip on the road, good body control and well-weighted steering – and the engine lineup offers drivers plenty of choice. For petrol-heads looking for reasonable running costs but a decent amount of power, we’d recommend either the 104bhp 1.2 litre Bluemotion or 148bhp 1.4 litre Bluemotion – which return 51.4mpg and 48.7mpg respectively. The top of the range 2.0 litre petrol might only return 42.2mpg while emitting 150g/km of CO2, but it’s the top performer in terms of speed and power.

If you’re on the hunt for the best fuel economy, the 2.0 litre diesel with Bluemotion Technology gives drivers plenty of power while returning an impressive 65.7mpg – and CO2 emissions of just 112g/km make annual road tax a very reasonable £30.

VW Beetle Finance

Driving a VW Beetle is like owning a piece of history – and thanks to its attractive price tag, you could own one sooner than you think. An entry level VW Beetle, for sale from as little as £16,145, could be yours with a little helping hand from The Car Loan Warehouse. We have a range of VW Beetle finance deals to suit any budget – so not even a poor credit score has to hold you back. Head to our car finance calculator today for a quick estimation of how much you could borrow.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.