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3 out of 5 3.0
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (99-10) - rated 3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £11,460 - £18,560
Used price £510 - £4,500
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £180 - £615
Insurance group 6 - 29 How much is it to insure?


Instantly recognisable, funky image, low running costs, available with a TDI engine


Very cramped in the back, small and awkwardly shaped boot, dated looking interior

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback rivals

2.5 out of 5 2.5

Written by David Ross on

The ‘new’ Beetle was the car that started the retro trend when it was introduced in 1999, two years before the MINI came along. In terms of looks, it’s very much in the same vein as the original model with a similarly distinctive rounded profile. It’s not the most masculine of designs, but it’s friendly looks have still made it a popular choice, especially among female buyers.

However, the unusual shape does compromise interior space and the boot isn’t very useable, so it’s not a great choice as a family car. There’s a decent choice of engines available, all of which offer reasonable running costs, in particular the 1.9 TDI. In September 2005 the model was mildly facelifted with new lights and bumpers.

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback rivals

2.5 out of 5 2.5

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