The Volkswagen Beetle was initially design to fulfill the people’s need for a cheap runaround vehicle when Germany was rebuilding itself. As time goes by, the Beetle slowly turn into an icon for the rich and famous that turn Beetle somewhat into a lifestyle car that any fashionable individuals wanted to get their hands on. In 2019, Volkswagen had announce that the 3rd generation Beetle is coming to an end. With the end of production arriving, we send off the Beetle by checking out what makes the Beetle so appealing to their owners.
When you think about a Volkswagen Beetle, the 1st thing that comes to your mind is the roundish cute look that have been burnt in your mind. The looks of the Beetle was not really my thing as my personal taste are more incline towards sleeker cars. To make the final Beetle more appealing, Volkswagen added on Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running light that was previously only available on the higher spec Beetle. The 215/60 R16 profile tyres and “Rotor” design rims are retain from the regular Beetle 1.2.
To continue with the lifestyle theme of the Beetle, the interior of the Beetle have been splash with a sense of colours by having the dashboard of the Beetle painted as the same colour of the car itself. The body coloured panels also made it onto the nice to hold steering wheel of the Beetle, and the steering wheel design of the Beetle is reminiscence of the older Volkswagen model.
Apart from the steering wheel, the analogue instrument cluster also reminds you that the Beetle was design with retro feel in it. On the other hand, Volkswagen fitted a 6.3” headunit that comes pre-loaded with Android Auto and Apple Carplay to make the car more current. Beside it, the Beetle have a unique dual glovebox on the dashboard that provided more storage compartment for the rather small car.
Being a “small” car, the Beetle still manage to muster an impressive 310L of boot space to carry your cargo. In order to load longer items, the rear seats can be fold down to provide the space needed. Speaking about rear seats, the rear seats are more suitable for adults to travel short distance due to the rear seats are quite small, and the design of the rear seats only suitable for 2 human beings.
As for front seats, the Beetle comes with a comfortable and supportive seats for both front passenger and driver. Getting into a comfortable driving position is also easy due to plenty of seats adjustment. To further make driving long distance comfortable, there are the height adjustable hand rest to let drivers with different height to rest their hands on while driving.
On safety front, the Beetle come with slightly shorter list of safety equipment due to the lower spec Beetle. You get 4 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Skid Regulator (ASR), and 2 ISOFIX at the back seats to complete the list of the safety equipment.
Driving wise, the Beetle is powered by a 1.2L inline 4 turbocharged engine that pumps out 105PS at 5,000 – 5,500rp, and 175Nm of torque at 1,400 – 4,000rpm that is mated to a 7 speed dry clutch dual clutch transmission (DSG). On the move, the engine provided decent power to bring the Beetle up to speed. The engine gives you a sense of eagerness, it constantly wants you to push the car a little bit more when you drive. Match with the DSG, you get a fairly powerful car with a smooth and precise gearbox that you can drive daily.
Taking the Beetle through the corners really makes the Beetle shines. The Beetle uses simple suspension setup which consist of front McPherson struts and rear torsion beam suspension. The suspension absorb bumps like a sophisticated car but using a simple setup, but the body roll is still kept in check when throwing the car through the corners. While cornering, the rear of the car acted like a multilink suspension rather than a torsion beam because when you meet a bump mid corner, the rear did not unsettle.
To complement the suspension, Volkswagen fitted the Beetle with a sporty tune electric power steering. The power steering is precise and provided plenty of feedback from the front wheels to know what the front wheels are doing. And to bring the Beetle to a stop, the 4 wheel disc brakes do have sufficient stopping power to get the work done. While cruising, the Beetle is quiet and serene to be in over long journeys.
What makes the Beetle so appealing then? The Volkswagen Beetle ticks all the right boxes of being a great car, you get great handling, good power, and the cute looks. Everything was design to put a smile on your face as an owner, especially with a complete package for a lifestyle car.
Priced at RM 160,846, the Beetle is quite expensive, but compare to its competitor, it’s still one of the cheapest lifestyle car you can afford. The Volkswagen comes with 5 years unlimited mileage warranty, 3 years free service, and 5 years road side assistance. The Beetle comes with 4 different funky colour namely, Blue Silk, Pure White, Habanero Orange, and Tornado Red.