The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is fitted with a new dashpad, and a redesigned instrument cluster that’s clearer and easier to read than the one in last year’s model. The center console and part of the steering wheel’s bottom spoke. Volkswagen has given the retro-chic Beetle an array of updates inside and out for the 2017 model year. Less practical and more expensive than conventional compact hatchbacks. The Beetle’s handling is respectably adept, though the car’s overall abilities and steering response are well short of what you’ll get from a Volkswagen Golf, let alone a Golf GTI or a Mini Cooper. When just cruising on city streets or on the highway.
2017 Volkswagen Beetle Engine
The petrols, in particular, provide a remarkable amount of power given the limited capacity. They have – the 1.2-litre produces 104hp and can do nearly 52mpg. It’s decently quick and, remarkably, nearly as frugal as the 1.2-litre with a fuel economy figure of 50mpg.
There are two diesel options for those thinking of racking up higher mileages, the 2.0-litre with 109hp and a more potent version with 148hp. It too can be frugal with a fuel economy of up to 61mpg.
2017 Volkswagen Beetle Design
The interior also gets a modern, practical, and distinctive appearance with easy to identify ergonomic controls. While the carbon-look of the front fascia panel of the dashboard will take you back to the original Beetle, the new generation does not have a retro look. For the “Design” trim levels, Volkswagen is also offering chrome insertions on the adjustable air vents and the instruments. At 310 litres in capacity it’s ahead of the DS 3 (285 litres) and the Mini (211 litres), so in this respect, it’s quite practical for a two-door coupe.
the VW range including one of the best touchscreen infotainment systems on the market. What remains unchanged is the colourful interior. That is built to a much higher standard than in rivals, and the near-perfect driving position. Practicality isn’t spectacular but, for a two-door trendy hatch, it isn’t bad either.
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