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Car Review - Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 TSI (A)
22 Mar 2013  |  Volkswagen Reviews
It's more than a bird and more than a plane. It's the Beetle with a more powerful heart. Will it bend the throttle?
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   Consumer Reviews of Volkswagen Beetle
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OVERALL RATING
 
1 Reviewer
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
4/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
5/5 Interior Design
5/5
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Value for money
3/5 Engine Performance
4/5
1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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Chinalim
Premium User Chinalim
1st Gear
8 reviews
53 points
48 forum posts Joined on 20-Oct-2008
Beetle returned with a punch!  Posted on 03 Oct 2012
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Review
I returned to the showroom twice before I had a chance to test drive on my second visit. I had to drive it to feel the difference between the old & new.

When I first drove the New Beetle in 2005, it was such a let down although I can compensate with its cute looks but what's the use. Then it felt like a cute utility vehicle.

Now, The Beetle has developed some muscles & is delivering some punches with its 1.2l TSI engine (I was surprised the power & torque this small engine responded to my drive ",)

Although there was turbo lag but when the power came, it was rather punchy.

According to industry reviews the rear head room is low but again for most Asians this will not be a major problem. Interestingly, the rear bench seats can sit 3 small size adults comfortably :)

I must admit I dislike VW interior due to certain uniformity like all cars looks the same... so what's the difference? But the new 2012 Beetle is tastefully & slightly different from other VW models with its exterior color combi (much like Fiat 500)... good copy here ",

Overall, I love to have this car but only if the cabriolet version is in town with a higher specs engine :)

What I like
- muscular looks (semblance of Porsche... like a fat Porsche :p)
- small but yet punchy engine which delivers good fuel economy
- colored interior
- still a turn head lookin car but have to look carefully to differentiate it is the update version
- option with sunroof is a good feature for front & rear passengers

What I do not like
- slight turbo lag during initial gears
- only 1 engine option to select from
- LED headlight lights priced option :(

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