The VW Beetle needs no introduction. However for 2013 we now have an all new Beetle which manages to evolve the idea and virtues of the previous model without losing any of that Beetle charm.
Prices for the new bigger and better Beetle start at €20,695. My test car is the 2.0TDI Beetle Sport.
The new shape is fantastic. It retains all the Beetle styling cues, such as the bug eyed front head lights, the curvy roofline and steeply raked tail section.
However this latest shape is broader and more muscular looking than the previous model and I think that will widen its appeal somewhat.
The new cabin is larger, better finished and more contemporary than before. It really looks great. It is not as obviously modelled on the Original of the species as the previous car was, but the styling details linking it to the past are still evident in the way the instruments are laid out and the glovebox door area.
The fit and finish is superb as one would expect from VW and standard equipment is comprehensive.
The Beetle Sport comes fully loaded with cruise control, 3 spoke multifunction leather steering wheel, front fog lights, ESP, ABS, EBD, a host of airbags, Hill Start Assist, Climatronic Climate control, Rain sensors, Sports Seats and darkened light absorbing glass and very attractive 17 inch alloys. The new Beetle rides and handles with aplomb! I found it a rewarding car to hustle along a twisty road. it proves very quiet and refined with wind, road and engine noise all well suppressed.