Occasionally, we get to review a car that beats all our expectations. The new 2015 Volkswagen Beetle is one such model. We were allowed to keep the vehicle for a full weekend, and so we decided to put it through its paces with lots of long and short distance travel. As you will discover throughout the course of this article, there simply isn’t a better car on the market in the same price range.
Anyone can pick up a new Beetle for less than £20,000 from registered dealers at the current time. That is a shockingly low price when you consider what you are getting. The manager at Motorline Direct says that there are plenty of used models on the market though. That means even those of you with the tightest of budgets could get something similar.
Our first day with the car was a Friday, and so we thought it made sense to travel on the motorway for a few hours. We started in Birmingham and drove all the way to London to spend the night in a nice hotel. From the moment we started moving, it was clean the engine was exceptionally quiet. In the past, many owners had complained about the noise, but Volkswagen has sorted that out for 2015. The ride was smooth, and the vehicle had no trouble handling all the stopping and starting on the motorway.
We woke up on Saturday morning with lots of plans for the day. We wanted to find out how economical the engine would be when driving around the busy streets of central London. Thankfully, we didn’t have to refuel once. Although the model we used featured a 2.0-litre turbo engine, it didn’t seem to consume more fuel than standard models. Compared to the new Volkswagen Vento that we reviewed yesterday, the Beetle felt much more comfortable. That was the case, even when we were stuck in traffic by Marble Arch for half an hour.
On Sunday, we decided it was time to take the car off-road. After speaking with the owners of a local course, we managed to gain access. The course was designed to put Land Rovers through their paces. However, the new Beetle fared pretty well. We couldn’t feel any of the small bumps thanks to the improved suspension, and the car had no trouble digging its way out of muddy banks.
The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle has a shocking amount of space in the back, and so we believe it is the perfect model for families. The price means it should be more than affordable for everyone. Even those of you who need something for long distance commutes should be happy with the vehicle. We managed to get from naught to sixty in just over eight seconds, and that should tell you something about the power available.
We were very impressed with the new Beetle, and we think you will feel the same way. So, maybe now is the best time to look for dealers in your area and ask for a test drive? There are some even more advanced features coming with the 2016 model. So, keep your eyes peeled!