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Volkswagen Beetle owner reviews

"If you want a retro-styled hatchback and don’t mind sacrificing a little practicality for looks, the Volkswagen Beetle should suit you perfectly"

Carbuyer Rating

2.8 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.1 out of 5

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Reviews

Owner Reviews

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Common Problems

  • Brakes, Electrics, Suspension, Other (1 case)
  • Brakes (1 case)

Review 1 of 11

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.2 TSI Design Bluemotion

Year

2016

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
Had my new Beetle for nearly 3 months and I can honestly say it is one of the best cars I have ever driven, the gearbox is so precise and smooth, I was rather surprised at how much mpg I get from driving about town as my parents had the previous Beetle and it was rather thirsty but this 1.2 Bluemotion engine is rather economical. When buying the 1.2 I thought it was going to be a tad sluggish, however I was surprised at how nippy the car is around about town and it can handle itself on the motorway!, I would definitely recommend buying a Beetle to anyone as they are solidly built and very good value for money.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's just so solidly built you feel it's reliable. Only had 3 months but faultless
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.4 tsi Sport

Year

2014

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Tell us what you think about your car?
The new Sport looks better than ever. I have the upgraded fender sound pack which lights up the speakers and under the doors - sad but I love it! Plenty of room in the front for a 5"3 person and my 4 year old loves it in the back. I can even stand up in the back to strap him in. Have assisted parking which does help, given the curvy shape. Do I prefer it to my old Mk 5 Golf? Yes and no. It's pokey but does step a bit when changing gear and isn't as smooth as the Golf but it does have that retro feel. If you want a nippy hatchback that's pretty practical with great reliability and looks good I'd give it a go. But I might just go for a Golf GTi next...
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.2 TSI Design

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very fine head-turning car. There are a few problems though - in the Design version, which is not an entry level, the dashboard is a hard plastic and it just doesn't look and feel good. The seats try to be stylish but aren't - they look cheap and are not as comfortable as the Golf's, for instance.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

2 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Tell us what you think about your car?
It starts sometimes
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

2 out of 5

Car Details

Year

2015

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Expensive to repair and lots of faults, so far this year two rear arm bushes, front coil and whole new ignition barrel and steering lock! After only 40,000 miles! My old “new beetle” I had 11 years and it never failed me, bought this with just 20 miles on the clock and it has given me hassle from day one! Back to garage 3 times in warranty for electrical fault and brake fault then just after warranty expired the keys became stuck in the barrel, £634 to replace plus the cost of getting it the 129 miles to the dealership! Never again will I buy a beetle after the terrible after sales service.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car is to new - has only done 2000 miles - to come to a conclusion about reliability
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.2 liter v4

Year

2013

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

23
Tell us what you think about your car?
To high priced
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.2 design dsg

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
Fun to ride with dsg, uniqe design and solid as german cars. Makes me smile every morning
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Petrol, 0

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never had any major problems with vw
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

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