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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (12-18) review.

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

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

CONS

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

PROS

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

CONS

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

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback rivals

Citroën
C3
2.5 out of 5 2.5

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

Citroën
C3
2.5 out of 5 2.5

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