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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

While the Beetle may look funky from the outside, the interior is a bit of a let down. It’s fairly drab and there’s little to catch the attention apart from the unusual dash-mounted vase and body-coloured door tops – although these only stand out if you go for a bright colour. The three-spoke steering wheel is another nice touch, but the rest of it is standard Volkswagen – neatly laid out but not especially exciting.

It also feels a little dated, but build quality is good as is all round visibility, helped by the large glass area.

While the distinctive styling helps the Beetle stand out, it has a knock on effect on cabin space – particularly in the back. The sloping roof mean’s there’s not much in the way of head or legroom, although younger children won’t have too many problems getting in and out. There’s much better space in the front, while low noise levels and a smooth ride make the Beetle relaxing on longer journeys.

Only the noise of the TDI engine can spoil things – it’s rarely quiet and especially raucous when revved.