2010 Volkswagen Beetle | new car review

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 by









The original Beetle must be one of the most recognised cars in history, having achieved a cult status around the world since it was introduced in 1938.

The modern interpretation of the car was launched in 1998 and pays homage to the original design. Its popularity has been such that it remains on sale, even 12 years after it was introduced – several life times in car terms.

The mid-size has a quirky look and is based on the chassis of the Volkswagen Golf. The fun design touches continue inside – the highlight being a small vase next to the steering wheel, into which you can keep a flower. This may well serve to reinforce the stereotype that the Beetle is a car aimed firmly at the ladies, but you’ll still see the occasional man driving one.

Available features include a CD with MP3 capability, electric windows, climate control and front fog lights, as well as alloy wheels and a CD changer.

The Beetle comes in two flavours –one is powered by a 102bhp, 1.6-litre engine and the other by a 2.0-litre unit that makes 115bhp. Both are available with either automatic or manual gearboxes, but no combination of engine and transmission will turn the Beetle into a sports car.

A convertible Cabrio version of the Beetle is also available, which is largely identical to the hatchback save for the folding fabric roof. The Cabrio is only available with the 2.0-litre engine.

ABS is included as standard on all models, while ESP (electronic stability control) available as an option.

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