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VW Beetle Design 2.0 TDI: One Minute Test Drive Review

Date: 28 November 2012   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

Price: £20,030

What's new: VW's second take on the 'new' Beetle is just as retro as its predecessor and provides an interesting, if a little twee, alternative to mainstream lower medium models. We've tested the diesel variant.

Excellent: It's a kitsch thing but if the looks do it for you, they'll be the highlight. VW has also revived nostalgic features such as the upper glovebox, with a flat lid that faces the front passenger.

Good: Volkswagen's 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine is as robust as ever and, in 140hp tune, pulls strongly throughout the rev range. It's reasonably refined, too.

Average: Fuel economy and emissions are reasonable but not the class best. You're looking at 129g/km and 57.6mpg with a cost per mile figure of 45.7ppm. A cleaner and less powerful and more frugal 1.6 diesel is available.

Poor: If the looks don't do it for you then it's a no-go area and the Beetle is only available as a three-door, which limits its appeal to fleets.

Verdict: The Golf will always make more sense for discerning fleets, but the Beetle offers a colourful, if less practical, take on a lower medium VW.


Verdict


The Golf will always make more sense for discerning fleets, but the Beetle offers a colourful, if less practical, take on a lower medium VW.

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