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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

In official Euro NCAP crash tests the Beetle scored four stars - a respectable result for a car launched in 1999. Every model comes with driver and front-seat passenger airbags while a side impact airbags is also mounted in each of the front seats. Curtain airbags are also standard. The front seatbelts have pre-tensioners plus there are Isofix child seat mounting points in the back while ESP stability control is also included on every model.

This is another area where the Beetle suffers. The boot is not only small - with 209 litres it has less luggage room than most Polo-sized hatchbacks - but it's also an awkward shape and so carrying larger objects such as pushchairs is tricky, albeit not impossible. Lifting heavy items out can be difficult too. On the plus side, there is reasonable cabin storage with twin cupholders in front of the gear lever.

The narrow door pockets aren't great though and are covered with flimsy netting. Standard on the 1.8T model is a speed-dependant spoiler which rises above 96mph to improve stability - it can also be elevated via a switch at lower speeds.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (99-10).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Luna equipment

Luna standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Service indicator
  • Traction control
Luna optional equipment
None available

T equipment

T standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Front fog lights
  • Traction control
T optional equipment
  • CD
  • Service indicator

V5 equipment

V5 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
  • Traction control
V5 optional equipment
None available

V5 Sport equipment

V5 Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
V5 Sport optional equipment
None available