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Having launched the pseudo-retro ‘new Beetle’ in 1998, Volkswagen have decided that now is the time to energise the model in a manner that is heavily inspired by the original but with amendments for a 21st century audience. The car is a welcome alternative to the Mini and Fiat 500, whilst also providing competition in the market to the Audi A1 and DS 3, meaning the model also has that premium feel. The Beetle’s looks have always been one of its most beautiful qualities as it offers something outside of mainstream design and the new model is no different. The three-door hatchback looks similar to the original, a purposeful choice on behalf of the designer to maintain the car’s retro vibe. However, this three-door hatchback also embraces a more striking R-line trim which creates a juxta positioning between the traditional and contemporary which is all the more dramatic.

Furthermore, the interior of the car is equally as impressive with their being a distinct upmarket flavour here. The commitment to the past continues internally, however the body coloured panels on the doors and dashboards contribute to an attractive user experience. Moreover, beauty hasn’t been included at the expense of ergonomics. The onboard system is excellent, with all models coming with air conditioning, DAB Digital radio and Bluetooth, whilst the dials on the dashboard are clear and effective promoting pragmatism as well as sophistication. The Beetle shares a lot of its underpinnings with the former Volkswagen Golf Mk6, meaning the driver can expect it to drive well. Additionally, the car has good body control, excellent grip as well as balanced steering. In short, making the car more attractive that rivals such as the Fiat 500. The turbocharged 109bhp 1.4 TSI petrol engine is extremely responsive and with good economy this will enable the user to keep the cost of running the Beetle down.

  • Volkswagen Beetle

    2013 (63 Reg)
    Beetle Design 1.6 TDI 105PS

    Mileage: 54642mls

    Transmission: Manual

    Fuel Type: Diesel

    £7,691

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