Used Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (2012 - 2018) Costs

Review by Lewis Kingston on
Last Updated: 22 Oct 2012
Following on from the successful Scirocco is another retro-inspired Volkswagen, the Beetle. Almost 22 million original Beetles were built, making it one of the most successful cars of all time.

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

The range of engines available are all economical for their outputs. Volkswagen servicing, parts and labour costs can sometimes be expensive but long service intervals and good reliability will help keep running costs down. The 1.6-litre diesel Bluemotion Technology model is claimed to average 66mpg while also benefiting from cheap tax, further cutting running costs.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,069 - £1,560 *


£902 - £1,128 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 127p and diesel 129p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Variable servicing (up to approximately 18,000 miles or two years)


Three years/60,000 miles

Road tax (12 months)

£30.00 - £275.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

3.5 out of 5

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

The most economical version of the previous Beetle was the 1.9-litre TDI, which emitted 143g/km of CO2 and could average 52mpg. Modern technology has moved things on somewhat and the Beetle now gets a 1.6-litre BlueMotion Technology version, with stop/start and battery regeneration, which cuts emissions to 114g/km of CO2. Average economy is claimed to be 66mpg.

The entry level 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine is reputed to return 48mpg and emit 137g/km of CO2, the 1.4-litre TSI petrol 43mpg and 153g/km of CO2, while the range-topping 2.0-litre TSI manages emissions of 173g/km of CO2 and an average economy of 38mpg.

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