Cheaper Volkswagen Beetles
(Friday 14 September 2012)
Volkswagen has expanded the appeal of the Beetle range by introducing five new models, some of which undercut the existing ones by a considerable margin.
The cheapest is a 104bhp 1.2 TSI turbo petrol fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox rather than the DSG semi-automatic which until now has been the only transmission available for that engine.
This change alone brings the price of the more basic version (known simply as "Beetle") down by £1405 to the new entry-level figure of £15,195. There's also a better-equipped Design model, pictured above, which costs £17,570 and, apart from the gearbox, is identical to the first new-generation Beetle we reviewed back in March.
Also new to the range is a 1.6 TDI turbo diesel BlueMotion Technology which at £17,030 becomes the cheapest diesel Beetle by £3000. It also has the best official combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions, at 65.7mpg and 113g/km respectively, and has the lowest Vehicle Excise Duty rate of £30. No other Beetle costs less than £100 per year to tax.
There are Design versions of this one too, costing £19,100 in manual form and £20,560 with DSG, which is not available on the more basic model.
The new cars can be ordered now, and UK deliveries will start in January.