Volkswagen Beetle

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How much does the Volkswagen Beetle cost to run?

The 2.0L diesel is the most economical Volkswagen Beetle to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L diesel costs £30.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band C.

It does almost 66 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 308 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 13, which is lower than the SEAT Leon 1.9L diesel, but higher than the Mercedes Benz A Class 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Honda Civic has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.2L petrol1.4L petrol2.0L diesel2.0L petrol
mpg50.4 - 52.347.1 - 47.958.9 - 65.741.5 - 42.2
emissions125 - 129136 - 138112 - 127154 - 159
tax£125.00£145.00£125.00 - £30.00£200.00
insuranceGroup 15 - 17Group 22Group 13 - 21Group 29

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Volkswagen Beetle: How big is the boot?

The Volkswagen Beetle hatchback has a bigger boot than the convertible (it can hold 310 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the hatchback to take one pushchair and one large bag or 2 large bags. While the convertible takes just one large bag.

Worth knowing, the Peugeot 308 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 810 litres.

Is the Volkswagen Beetle easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Skoda Rapid.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 4276m long it gives you reasonable 524mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Volkswagen Beetle has the best performance?

The fastest Volkswagen Beetle from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 350 lbs/ft torque and 220 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.7L petrol, which will beat your Volkswagen Beetle to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.2L petrol1.4L petrol1.6L petrol2.0L diesel2.0L petrol
zeroTo6211.7 - - 116.9
torque175250148250 - 340350
bhp105150102110 - 150220

What size caravan or trailer, can the Volkswagen Beetle tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Volkswagen Beetle 1.6L petrol which has 148 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1000kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.