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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (12-18) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Retro appeal, comfortable interior, good performance, capable handling, strong reliability and build quality

CONS

Not as practical as the similarly priced Golf, overly firm ride with larger alloys and sports suspension, only really justified if you want a Beetle

PROS

Retro appeal, comfortable interior, good performance, capable handling, strong reliability and build quality

CONS

Not as practical as the similarly priced Golf, overly firm ride with larger alloys and sports suspension, only really justified if you want a Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback rivals

Citroën
DS3
4 out of 5 4.0

Following on from the successful Scirocco is another retro-inspired Volkswagen, the Beetle. Almost 22 million original Beetles were built, making it one of the most successful cars of all time. The next 1999 re-imagination wasn’t quite as popular, with just over one million sold, as issues like poor interior space and questionable styling cut its appeal.

This latest model, which shares many parts with the Golf, aims to improve on the previous generation by offering more equipment and improved levels of practicality; including a boot that’s 44% bigger than before. Volkswagen has also tried to make the Beetle appeal to a much larger audience with sharper styling and a range of engines that caters for a variety of buyers, such as a 1.6-litre diesel capable of 66mpg or a throaty 197bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol.

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback rivals

Citroën
DS3
4 out of 5 4.0

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