Volkswagen Beetle

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Probably the most iconic family car in the history of automotive the original Volkswagen Beetle was also the longest running car in production. The car was first built in 1938 and was designed to provide affordable motoring for the masses.

  • Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (12-18)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (03-10)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback (99-10)

Probably the most iconic family car in the history of automotive the original Volkswagen Beetle was also the longest running car in production. The car was first built in 1938 and was designed to provide affordable motoring for the masses.

This first generation Beetle was produced until 2003 and was famous for its cheeky looks (as made famous in Walt Disney’s ‘Herbie’ films) and being powered by an air-cooled motor fitted in the back that powered the rear wheels.

Over the years it has become iconic and prized as a classic car. The German company tried to repeat the success of the original with a modern interpretation that used many parts from the Volkswagen Golf in 1999

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Most Popular Model Reviews

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 2003 - 2010

3 out of 5
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 2003 - 2010

New price range:
£14,460 - £22,950

Used price range:
£523 - £3,050

Iconic style, easy to open roof, well built, economical TDI available
Cramped in the back, limited and tricky to access boot space, lacks refinement, roof looks ugly when folded down

Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2012 - 2018

3.5 out of 5
Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2012 - 2018

New price range:
£15,865 - £26,275

Used price range:
£4,012 - £16,521

Retro appeal, comfortable interior, good performance, capable handling, strong reliability and build quality
Not as practical as the similarly priced Golf, overly firm ride with larger alloys and sports suspension, only really justified if you want a Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 2013 - 2018

3.5 out of 5
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 2013 - 2018

New price range:
£18,865 - £28,860

Used price range:
£4,948 - £17,866

Larger boot, more efficient engine line-up, lots of safety kit
Ride is jittery, not as practical as a Golf

Volkswagen Beetle Competitors

MINI Convertible

MINI Convertible

MINI Hatchback

MINI Hatchback