The VW Beetle is now available with a hot 197bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine, plus a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI oil-burner
25 July 2012

The recently launched Volkswagen Beetle is now available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine or a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. It joins the two existing smaller-capacity units in the range, which are the 1.2 and 1.4-litre TSI petrols.

The 2.0-litre TSI – which will only available on ‘Sport’ and the new range-topping ‘Turbo’ special-edition models - produces 197bhp and returns a claimed combined 38.2mpg when fitted with VW’s six-speed manual gearbox. The new variant’s 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds and top speed of 139mph makes the 2.0-litre TSI the hottest Beetle currently in the range.

The new 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI Beetle oil-burner achieves a claimed 57.6mpg economy figure and emissions of 129g/km of CO2. It will dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in 9.5sec can manage a top speed of 123mph. The 2.0-litre TDI is available in either mid-range ‘Design’ trim, starting at £20,085, or ‘Sport’, which ups the price to £21850. 

Standard equipment on Sport models comprises 18-inch alloys, tinted glass, cruise control, sports seats, parking sensors and two zone electronic climate control. 

‘Turbo’ spec’ – not available on the 2.0-litre TDI - adds ‘Turbo’ decals in either black or silver, as well as black or silver door mirrors and 19-inch alloys. 

The 2.0-litre TSI ‘Sport’ models benefit from additional equipment over the diesels, including four-link rear suspension, twin chromed exhaust pipes, red brake callipers and a body-coloured rear diffuser. 

Prices for the 2.0-litre TSI start from £22,295 for the ‘Sport’ model. Equivalent diesel models start at £21,850.

Tom Harrison

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25 July 2012

Both could do with more power. The petrol should be in R form and the diesel should be in GTD form. A Beetle with the Polo GTI's twincharged 1.4 would be a nice addition to the range as well. At the moment, the only engine I'd want would be the 1.2TSI with 105bhp. But I don't even want a Beetle, so I should stop complaining.

25 July 2012

Nice car and the engines certainly improve the range, just a shame they can't match the Golf and Scirocco for performance/ economy.

25 July 2012

Still many too reasons not to buy one.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

26 July 2012

wow,two new engines, so the engines should be very power. but I still can't buy it yet


26 July 2012

Ah, the Beetle ... The car that started it all for VW ... A true icon in its original form ... Then VW reinvented it in 1994 with the J Mays designed 'blob' and everyone stiffled embarrassed giggles ... So, VW took a knife and gave us Mark II (which, to be honest, is more true to the original and far better looking), BUT, the range was SO limited (2 variants and 2 engines) that it just didn't sell ... Only now has VW seen the light ... I only hope it's not too late ...

26 July 2012

Special offer - a pink wig and matching frilly nickers... DUMP this thing its run its (inter)course

what's life without imagination

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