The Volkswagen Beetle was already pretty good value, undercutting the Golf with which it shares a platform, but a new entry level variant is taking that one step further.
A new 1.2 TSI model with a six-speed manual gearbox is now joining the range, providing a cheaper alternative to the current 1.2 TSI with the DSG dual-clutch transmission. At 15,195, the new option is 1,405 cheaper than the DSG-equipped model – and 2,100 cheaper than the same engine and transmission in the current Golf.
Also joining the Beetle range is a new 1.6 TDI. Producing 105PS and equipped with VWs BlueMotion Technology (BMT) package – a stop-start system and brake energy regeneration – it achieves 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle, and emits only 113 g/km of CO2. That puts it in VED band C, for a tax bill of only 30 per year. The manual-equipped 1.2 TSI matches the DSG model at 47.9 mpg combined, and a VED rate of 120 per year.
The diesel is available with either a five-speed manual transmission, or the impressive 7-speed DSG. Like the 1.2 TSI petrol, its available in both entry-level Beetle trim, as well as the next-level Design trim.
Starting at 17,030, the Beetle 1.6 TDI 105 with a manual gearbox undercuts the lowest-spec 2.0 TDI by over 3,000, making it the cheapest Beetle diesel available.
In addition to the new models, all the others are still available, from the 160PS 1.4 TSI, to the range topping, GTI-engined Turbo Black and Turbo Silver special editions, with manual and DSG gearboxes.
Available from: Now
Priced from: 15,195 (1.2 TSI 105), 17,030 (1.6 TDI 105 BMT)
Youll either like the Beetle or you wont, so the addition of two new engines and a lower entry price are unlikely to sway your decision. However, if the Beetle is your cup of tea already, the new models represent fantastic value, significantly undercutting the slightly more practical but significantly less interesting Golf.
Given the lower starting price, wed be most tempted by the 1.2 TSI 105 in Design trim for 17,570 – its a little more expensive than the basic model, but you do get VWs brilliant retro-style Orbit alloy wheels and a body-colour dashboard strip to brighten the interior. Fun, frugal and stylish – what more can you ask of a car?
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