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The car that out on Ferdinand Porsche’s drawing in the 1930s went on to become a car about anybody would until it was reborn in the 1990s.

The iconic Volkswagen Beetle of the was a cool, hip, economical and fun of getting around. It more or single-handedly popularized small Even VW’s ad campaigns Madison Avenue in ways Don wouldn’t have seen In the era of bigger is better, chrome is and power is everything, Volkswagen it cool to be different. It was fun to be small, and cheap to own.

The Beetle a few decades on hiatus (at least in the U.S.), before being in 1998. And while the New Beetle for the new looked familiar, it was really appreciated by those with two X


Now, Volkswagen is rebooting the yet again. With the new campaign, the has a big challenge on its hands. Sales of the new have been good, the lack of a major update its introduction in 1998. But now Volkswagen to sell the latest Beetle to the half of the population. And if you’re to forget about the last flower holder, VW may be able to it off.

Unlike its predecessor’s bubble shape, this is more similar to the original in albeit slightly bigger.

Our tester came equipped the 170 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that provides more enough acceleration for commute If you do want more, it’s for the taking, with a 200 horsepower version available. Underpinned by the and carefully crafted VW Golf, the is a decent handler, and unlike small front-wheel-drive cars, doesn’t make an appearance you’re exceeding reasonable speeds. And with a firm but suspension, you can take a few corners on the side when you feel the

Had this been the car that was in the ’90s, VW might have able to avoid the reputation acquired over the past 15 Unlike its predecessor’s triple shape, this Beetle is similar to the original in profile, slightly bigger. The hood out somewhat unusually, and the lines the roof to the rear bumper the same continuous curve of its grandparent.

Inside there is more enough room in the front for anybody over six feet and while the back seats as roomy, there’s enough for two adults on a shorter trip, or a trip if they’re not whiners. The steering wheel has all the usual controls for radio, Bluetooth cruise control and the trip The switchgear is simple and straight including the GPS navigation system takes only seconds to out for anybody who doesn’t have a “12:00″ on their microwave.

The isn’t equipped as a luxury and there are some components that are decidedly plastic. But the dash and top of the door matches the and conveys a utilitarian touch to more plastic than The doors are perhaps a bit out of proportion for the at least in weight. They do a good hefty push to if you’re parked on a slope and to get out on the uphill side.

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On a shortish 180 mile road the Beetle was plenty comfortable to It’s not whisper-quiet, but that has to do with aerodynamics than sound isolation. Fuel is good, but not great by today’s rising standards. Official stands at 22 mpg in the city and 29 on the freeway for the 2.5 with the automatic transmission. On an trip with a soft on the pedal, our Beetle managed a over 30 mpg. Could be but could be a lot better.

The question What is at the top of the list to attract to the 2012 Beetle?

Had you been stranded on an island for the 15 years, you’d likely the current Beetle is a great to the original. And perhaps a little and the desire for a reasonably economical, sporty car would have you one. But unless you’re attracted to the style of the original the VW Golf is the better choice. It much gives you the same car four doors and more for anything you want to bring you.

WIRED A solid nod to the with the exterior lines to Performance is enough to make you and forget about the previous even without the 200-hp option.

TIRED The two heavy limit access to the back Smallish trunk. Not being into the 30s on the fuel economy so last decade, but a diesel is on the way for those looking for more

All photos: Courtesy Volkswagon of

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