Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

You’ll immediately feel comfortable behind the wheel of the new Beetle, with the ever-familiar Volkswagen switchgear and intuitive control layout. To distinguish it from the conventional models it gets its own unique dash that includes a pair of glove boxes, echoing the original Beetle, elasticated door pockets and drop-down grab handles for the rear passengers.

A large central speedo dominates the instrument cluster, with a smaller rev counter on the left and a fuel gauge on the right. These little details add interest that makes the cabin stand out from the norm. The seats are comfortable, even with the stiff suspension, and a range of adjustments are available. The steering wheel also adjusts for tilt and reach.

Build quality is generally excellent, although there are a few flimsy-feeling plastics, and the interior feels like it will be suitably hard wearing. Forward visibility is very good but the rear corner views have large blind spots as a result of the rear end design and narrow side windows.

Despite lowering the profile of the car to bring the shape closer to that of the original, Volkswagen has managed to increase interior space compared to the previous generation. Inside there’s room for four adults and rear passengers benefit from improved head and legroom. This means that the Beetle could make a suitable, and interesting, alternative for small families - but taller rear passengers may not want to endure longer trips.

The cabin is comfortable and refined but the steep front windscreen leads to some notable wind noise at motorway speeds. One interesting point is that even with the larger alloys, and wider tyres, road noise is low.