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The upgraded Beetle is a competent, comfortable sporting hatch with a design flair that's far from ordinary.

22 Mar 2013

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The Beetle is an icon and it tells a story, a story way back to the year 1938 - when the original 'Bug' or 'Type 1' was born.

75 years on, ageing Beetles can still be seen on the roads everywhere, making it the longest running and most manufactured car of a single design platform.

Blast from the past - the Beetle is a recollection of the original Bug

Launched last year, the third generation Volkswagen Beetle succeeds the ‘New Beetle’ - the cute Bug on wheels that ignited the neo-retro craze at the turn of the millennium.

The 21st century Beetle features a more aggressive appearance with a lower profile, while retaining an overall shape reminiscent of the original Bug.

The Beetle is now available with the popular 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger engine and joins its 1.2-litre counterpart in the local lineup.


Even a quick glance at the Beetle from the outside will tell you that Volkswagen has done more than slapping a new nose on it.

Familiar features such as the classic round bug eyes - now with daytime running lights - greet you as you stand in front of this iconic car.

The look of the Beetle is undoubtedly more masculine now, with a longer, flattened bonnet and roofline which portray a lower stance.

'No flowers, more power' - these gauges display performance information and give the Beetle a sportier feel

The rear draws a large chunk from its predecessors with a menacing spoiler that gives the car a raring-to-go character.
Nonetheless, there is still much to be said about the Bug's cutesy charm that never fails to turn heads.



Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line TSI Twincharger

Engine Cap





118kW (158 bhp) / 5800 rpm



240 Nm / 4500 rpm



7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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