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Volkswagen Beetle

  • tickFunky looks and image
  • tickSome strong engine options
  • tickCharming cabin

Volkswagen Beetle hatchback (2016 - )

Taken on purely tangible merits, the Beetle is competent but unremarkable, especially when compared with some of the other talented cars in the family hatchback class. But even so, it has undeniable appeal thanks to its cutesy, retro design, with plenty of clever references to Beetles of old, both inside and out. It’s decent - if uninspiring – to drive, but the Mini Hatch is much more involving on the road and a better overall offering.
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The retro theme continues inside the Beetle, with several features inspired by the original, including the big thin-rimmed steering wheel and the large dashboard panel that, on Design and Dune models, is the same colour as the exterior. The seats are comfortable and the wheel can be adjusted for both reach and rake, but the seat doesn’t go low enough for our liking, resulting in a feeling of being perched up on high rather than sunk into the car. Build quality is good, as is the quality of materials, although a few elements feel slightly more plasticky than we’re used to from other Volkswagen models. However, all the main buttons and touch points are solid and pleasant to use.

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