A huge audience of fans of the German brand has long awaited the appearance of a new generation of retro-car VW New Beetle. However, its official sales have begun so far only in European countries, and the appearance of the car on the domestic market is also a matter of time, the decision of which largely depends on the "sentiment" of the marketing specialists of VW Group.
Experts say that for its segment the car is too big and could take a place in the model range of hatchbacks of the Golf class, for example. Although the interior limited space salon returns us to the class of compact urban models. On the rear couch with difficulty two will fit, but the luggage compartment is quite roomy.
The quality of rigid plastic and other materials used in interior decoration completely corresponds to the declared price niche, however, the interior design differs originality. The level of assembly and ergonomics of the driver's workplace do not cause any complaints. However, I would like the car to be quieter, so the noise insulation manufacturer still have to work.
In various trim levels, motorists are given the opportunity to choose the color of interior trim. In the most expensive, top-end performance, the interior of the car uses plastic that looks almost identical to the expensive carbon.
The car demonstrates a satisfactory smooth ride, which can not be called comfortable. But the steering is quite clear, accurate, the "steering wheel" itself is so heavy that it seems the amplifier is out, the steering wheel is short (3 about).
In the basic configuration, the petrol engine power unit TSI 1,2 l is installed in the hatchback, with a turbo-supercharging. For the city of power 105 forces is enough, the lack of torque (175 Hm) is noticeable only with a long rise, although on the road the car can easily accelerate to 180 km / h. Dynamic acceleration to "hundreds", less than 11 sec. Fuel consumption in a mixed cycle of traffic 6 l.
In expensive versions under the hood of the car, a more active engine is functioning - TSI 1,4 l, a turbo whose power potential is already 160 forces. The unit is elastic, in spite of the fact that it is completed with a mechanical gearbox 6 st. However, in the arsenal of the manufacturer there is also an automatic transmission, it has already become a traditional robotic DSG. By the way, it is in this configuration that the car is most actively sold.
Marketers of the importer believe that the model, having changed a little and ceasing to be a machine for girls, will in no way lose its cult status. Another, the most important argument in favor of VW New Beetle is its price availability, although the cost of the car in top-end equipment, and this is 17 thousand euros, is almost inferior to the base price tag VW Golf. Direct competitors of the German compact hatchback: Mini, Alfa Romeo MiTo, Citroen DS3.