Car review Volkswagen Beetle 2 0 TFSI Sport driven road test BBC Top Gear — Volkswagen New Beetle

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Volkswagen New Beetle


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Say hello to the brand new Volkswagen

Actually, sorry, we need to here. A moment of explanation is This is the new Beetle, but then the car was also called the New Beetle, and you very well have the New New So instead, VW has dubbed this The Oh, and the original is just Beetle. glad that’s all cleared up.

be told, the last-gen Beetle is the in the room where this is concerned — Volkswagen is aware that car enthusiasts us thought it was a monstrosity of retro all flower vases and bubbles, any real substance. Hence the that although it sold — over a million in 13 years — it was never loved.We were shown a of 73 years of the Beetle, and the last one up for just a single second.

Volkswagen is hoping the new new one will that. It wants a sportier one with some sound behind the still-cutesy looks. As the range of engines available is up-to-date and covers everything the excellent 1.2-litre TSI to the car we tested, the 2.0-litre TFSI, via a 1.6-litre The chassis underneath is largely the as the Golf — top-spec get Ford Focus-esque multi-link suspension with an electronic for the driven axle, but the lower only get a torsion beam

Equally, even the looks been hardened up. Gone is the look of the previous New Beetle this one is wider (by 84mm) and (by 152mm) but also lower (by which gives the car a much stance. VW has also flattened the and made the windscreen much upright — not only this follow the original more closely, but also rear headroom is much

Individualisation is also possible, like in the Mini or Fiat so customers can ‘name’ their own In other words, you can choose rear badge you get. In the UK, means you’re restricted to Volkswagen or Turbo — as individual as a farmer owning a However, you need to push dealer to let you have the Japanese VW tells us this is technically and the wonderfully graphic Japanese are far cooler than the standard UK

Jump inside, and there are to retro. Our car was a top-of-the-line ‘Sport’, so had dash trim and smart plastics along the top of the doors, but if you opt for the or ‘Design’ specs, the cars with body-coloured plastics just as slick. Equally, the wheel is lovely and thin, like it should be on a car harking to the days of wooden rims.

But the interior is by no means perfect. The VW switches look at odds the retro stuff, and there are crap nostalgic touches, as the flip-up glovebox. This is useless because it’s shallow — it has to have the behind it. Worse, it feels In fact, there are far too many of cheap, hard plastic in — customers expecting the Volkswagen build quality stick to the Golf.

As they if they want decent Despite our car being on normal — the optional sport is 15mm lower and even — the Beetle pattered lumps and bumps far too much. It didn’t feel as sophisticated as a despite having the same rear set-up.

Mind there’s better news it comes to the Beetle’s handling, as just as good as the Golf You don’t feel like driving a large blancmange because the Beetle has now got a wider front and rear, which grip levels and turn in. a sharper car — still not you’d call a hot hatch, and no than the similarly-priced Golf, but at it’s a bit more enthusiastic.

This car is so much better the last-gen Beetle. It feels andit is good fun to drive certainly more than Beetle owners would or need. We drove the range-topping TFSI, an engine shared the Golf GTI, and it certainly enough power. It’s detuned for this car — VW want it to match the halo GTI so here has 197bhp and 206lb ft. But the 0-62mph only takes 7.5 (0.6 seconds off the GTI) with the DSG gearbox, you never out of the turbo zone. Oddly, that DSG gearbox option come with any paddles the steering wheel — changes have to be done via the which feels a bit strange. will also be a range of motors available, which we might be the pick of the bunch, power and price more

Volkswagen New Beetle

Truth be told, then, The is much better than New But then that’s not difficult it’s a bit like saying is better than steam. you would have to have classified insane to buy the old car, one does make a decent for itself. But more so at the modest end of the price range. The competition at is too serious, not least among the of the VW Group. As ever with the you’ll be buying it for how it makes you not because it’s the best car for the

We like . Improved handling, gimmicks

We don’t like . quality, dash quality

The  verdict . Bug shakes off retro-pastiche of the old but don’t go thinking you’ve got a

Performance . 0-62mph in 7.5secs, max 36.9mpg

Tech . 1984cc, FWD, 197bhp, 206lb ft, 179g/km CO2

Tick this on the list . Fender stereo, est

And avoid this . Extra on dash, £150 est

Volkswagen New Beetle
Volkswagen New Beetle

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