A huge audience of fans of the German brand has long been expecting the appearance of a new generation of retro car VW New Beetle. However, its official sales have so far begun only in European countries, and the appearance of the car on the domestic market is also a matter of time, the solution of which largely depends on the “moods” of the VW Group marketing specialists.
Experts say that the car is too big for its segment and could take a place in the lineup of Golf class hatchbacks. Although the internal limited interior space brings us back to the class of compact urban models. Two can hardly fit on the back sofa, but the luggage compartment is quite roomy. The quality of hard plastic and other materials used in the interior trim is fully consistent with the declared price niche, however, the interior design is original. The build level and ergonomics of the driver’s workplace are not satisfactory. True, I would like it to be quieter in the car, so the manufacturer still has to work on noise insulation.
In various trim levels, motorists are given the opportunity to independently choose the color of the interior decoration. In the most expensive, top-end version, plastic is used in the car’s interior that practically does not differ from expensive carbon fiber. The car demonstrates a satisfactory ride, which can not be called comfortable. But the steering is absolutely clear, precise, the “steering wheel" itself is so heavy that it seems the amplifier is missing, the steering wheel travel is short (3 rpm).
As a standard, a 1,2 liter turbocharged TSI petrol power unit is installed in the hatchback. For the city, a power of 105 forces is quite enough, a lack of torque (175 Hm) is noticeable only with a long climb, although the car easily accelerates to 180 km / h on the highway. Dynamic acceleration to “hundreds”, less than 11 seconds. Fuel consumption in a combined cycle of 6 liters. In expensive versions, a more active engine is operating under the hood of the car - a TSI of 1,4 liters, a turbo whose power potential is already 160 forces. The unit is elastic, despite the fact that it is equipped with a manual gearbox 6 tbsp. However, in the arsenal of the manufacturer there is also an automatic transmission, it is already a traditional robotic DSG.
By the way, it is in this configuration that the car is most actively sold. Marketers of the importer are confident that the model, having changed a little and ceasing to be a “for girls” machine, will in no way lose its cult status.
Another, most important argument in favor of the VW New Beetle is its affordability, although the cost of the car in top-end configuration, which is 17 thousand euros, is practically not inferior to the base price tag of VW Golf. Direct competitors of the German compact hatchback: Mini, Alfa Romeo MiTo, Citroen DS3.