In-depth Reviews

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

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Owners Rating

4.1 out of 5

82%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 4reviews
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Common Problems

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

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 TSI Design Bluemotion

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
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.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Very reliable, solid built, nothing at all feels cheap inside and out.
Performance

5 out of 5

Very nippy around town and can handle the motorway easily.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

very affordable to run about town, I put £30 of petrol in and that gives me up to 260 miles.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
It's just so solidly built you feel it's reliable. Only had 3 months but faultless
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Guessing at mpg but would say its reasonably efficient

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.4 tsi Sport

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
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...

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 TSI Design

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
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.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

First 15,000 miles the car consumes approx. 1-1.5l/100km more petrol. Later the consuption goes down.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
It starts sometimes
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Things go wrong, most times

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
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.
Reliability

2 out of 5

Normally reliable but this one has been nothing but hassle
Performance
Great performance when it goes

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Review
The car is to new - has only done 2000 miles - to come to a conclusion about reliability
Running Cost

4 out of 5

car to new.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 liter v4

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

23
Review
To high priced

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 design dsg

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Review
Fun to ride with dsg, uniqe design and solid as german cars. Makes me smile every morning

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

Petrol, 0

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
Never had any major problems with vw
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Wish it done more mpg on small journeys

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