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Volkswagen Beetle Reviews
Car Keys80
The Telegraph80
AA70
Parkers70
Carbuyer60
Autocar60
Auto Express60
Top Gear60
What Car60
Total Aggregate Score
67
4
4 / 5
Car Keys
Review Summary
The Beetle is much improved, with the punchy turbocharged and supercharged 1.4 TSI suiting the fun, sprightly nature of this infamous car. For most, it will be a matter of style, but behind the wheel is far better, making this a more appealing proposition than ever before.
4
4 / 5
The Telegraph
Review Summary
New Beetle with added testosterone. Drives well and the top model is fast. Better-looking than its predecessor, too.
7
7 / 10
AA
Review Summary
A more rounded and competent performer than its predecessor, this generation of Beetle offers drivers a more engaging experience that goes some way to affirming Volkswagen's 'sporty' aspirations for the car.
3.5
3.5 / 5
Parkers
Review Summary
It’s well-built, comfortable and far better to drive than the older model. The Beetle also maintains that retro charm of the previous iterations.
3
3 / 5
Carbuyer
Review Summary
If you want a retro-styled hatchback and don’t mind sacrificing a little practicality for looks, the Volkswagen Beetle should suit you perfectly.
3
3 / 5
Autocar
Review Summary
Dynamically, it is a vast improvement on the previous incarnation of Beetle, but it continues to lack the dynamic polish and competence of the Golf, which in pure driving terms is superior in so many ways.
3
3 / 5
Auto Express
Review Summary
Volkswagen's iconic Beetle has traded cuteness for a sporty feel. But it can't match the MINI for driving fun.
6
6 / 10
Top Gear
Review Summary
Far better than VW’s first crack at a 21st Century Beetle, but already dated by the current Golf. And the fast ones are dead.
3
3 / 5
What Car
Review Summary
The distinctive looks of the VW Beetle hide a car that’s less practical and worse to drive than the cheaper Golf.
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