Volkswagen The Beetle Review
Unlike any other automobile by Volkswagen, the new Beetle since its inception, despite its mini body style received humongous positive reviews for outstanding body dynamics and extremely sumptuous interior designing. The car was first unveiled in 1934 as Volkswagen Type 1. Since then, Volkswagen has produced more than 21 million units of this compact car and has become an iconic car of the Volkswagen. Its fantastic range over wheels and powertrains is proposed for different export auto markets including Philippines for which Beetle received an overwhelming response in terms of sales.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
For Philippines buyers, this car is proposed in two trims namely - Basic and DSG Design. Both of the variants are equipped with 1.2-litre engine with turbocharger and 1.4-litre twincharger engine. The 1.2-litre engine churn out a maximum power of 105 PS at 4500 rpm coupled with an appreciable torque of 175 Nm at 1400 rpm. Whereas, the 1.4-litre engine gives out the maximum power of 160 PS at 5800 rpm, with 240 Nm in between 1500 to 4500 rpm. The agile character of the car simply responds perfectly to the accelerator. The car reaches 0-100 kmph mark in 10.9 seconds. Moreover, the extensive research done by German automaker offers optimum fuel economy, giving mileage count of 17.8 kmpl.
The new Beetle is adorned with captivating looks giving a unique hunch at first sight. This small vehicle is all about curves and adorable features. This car perfectly complements its vintage look and a sportingly elegant exterior that exemplifies dynamism even when standing still. The elegantly designed headlights beam out from underneath the stylish hood, flanked at the sides by athletic sills increases the elegance of this car. The side profile is further enhanced by couple of 16-17-inch alloy wheels with tyre size measuring 215/60 R16 and 215/55 R17 that not only adds to the styling part but also accentuates its performance. Beetle is no small car which is quite evident from its exterior dimensions which stand out to be 4278 mm x 1808 mm x 1486 mm (L x W x H) and the wheelbase of the car measures 2537 mm.
Inside, this compact car reflects home comfort to its roots; an elegant instrument cluster with an alluring round dial at the middle is reminiscent of the classic old Beetle. It comes fitted with fully loaded steering wheel which is wrapped with leather and it is capable enough to give a complete control of different functions of the car. Also, it is equipped with plenty of high quality infotainment and audio features, the most notable of them being the advanced RCD radio/CD/MP3 and navigation system that boasts a 16.5 cm touchscreen display performing tasks as an interface for audio, navigation and stereo controls. The standard Climatronic air conditioning system let you to set the temperature as per occupant’s convenience working in coordination with air quality sensors that stops stale air from entering the passenger compartment in congested city traffic. It offers plenty of storage compartments along with an appreciable boot space enclosing the volume of 284-litres.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
This is car with unites style and safety in a single lot, while building builds and endeavors people's attention. To maintain a perfect balance the car is equipped with McPherson Strut at front pair of axle and four-link rear suspension. Combined active airbags system, child seat anchor ISOFIX system, 3-point pre-tensioners seat belt offers passive safety to all of its passengers. Anti-theft alarm system embedded with this compact car keep you aware about any possible threat and propose safety to your Beetle. Other standard safety functions equipped with both of the variants are ABS with Brake Assist and EBA, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic vehicle immobilization device, hill-hold control, safety optimized headrests and many more.
Driving a Beetle reflects a style-statement of your lifestyle. This compact car full of character comes with a spacious cabin appointed with number of comfort features. But for those, who want to carry maximum cargo along with them, this may not be your choice.