The new Volkswagen Beetle is now open for orders; first UK deliveries will be in the spring 2012.
Two engines will be offered at launch a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission and a 1.4-litre 160 PS TSI with a six-speed manual gearbox. Three trim levels are available; Beetle, Design and Sport. The range-topping Sport specification brings 18-inch alloys in a choice of two styles, tinted glass, cruise control, sports seats, parking sensors, gloss black door mirrors, dashboard and door panel and 2Zone electronic climate control.
The interior of the new Volkswagen Beetle is extremely retro with the instrumentation large and clear, the body-coloured inserts and big glovebox lid similar to the original old style Beetle. The vase for flowers has gone in its masculine transformation too. There is more space in the new car, the boot has grown by a useful 30% with 310 litres of space available (905 litres with the seats folded); that seats-up figure is just 40 litres shy of a three-door Golf's.
A wide range of optional equipment will also be available, including Keyless Access, satellite navigation systems, a panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.