The new VW Beetle will cost from £16,490 and is available to order now. Deliveries start in spring

The new Volkswagen Beetle will cost from £16,490 and is available to order now. Three trim levels and two engines are offered from launch – a 104bhp 1.2-litre TSI and 1.4-litre TSI producing 158bhp - with two more engines to follow.

Trim levels include Beetle, Design and Sport, with air conditioning and DAB radio standard across the range. Entry-level cars are available with a 1.2-litre unit and seven-speed DSG transmission only.

Mid-spec Design models - offered with DSG or a six-speed manual ‘box in 1.2 and 1.4-litre guise - add 17-inch alloys, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, front fog lights and a multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Range topping Sport versions include 18-inch alloys, tinted windows, cruise and climate control, sports seats, parking sensors and gloss black door mirror housings. A six-speed manual ‘box mated to the more powerful engine is only available here.

Keyless entry, sat-nav, a panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights are available as options as is VW's 400W Fender sound pack, which costs £495.

VW claims that 1.2-litre models mated to a seven-speed DSG ‘box will achieve 48mpg and 137g/km Co2 (putting it in tax band E), with 1.4-litre, manual variants capable of 42.8mpg and 153g/km Co2 (tax band G).

Transmission dependent, the 1.2-litre is offered in Beetle or Design trim from £16,490, with 1.4-litre cars available in Design or Sport trim from £19,470. Compared with the outgoing model, prices of the new car are up by around £3000. The current 1.4-litre Luna model costs from £13,345, rising to £18,715 for the top-of-the-range turbocharged 1.8-litre version.

Later in 2012, a 104bhp 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology, 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI and 2.0-litre TSI with 197bhp join the new line-up along with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox for the 1.2-litre TSI model.

 

 

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Beetle
The Beetle will so often be bought on the basis of its looks. It is certainly more attractive than the old 'new Beetle'

The Volkswagen Beetle is only the third all-new model since the original launched in 1938. It is based on the Mk6 Golf, but the base car is far better

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