Volkswagen Beetle (2011-2019) review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Decent ecnomy from the strong engine range should keep the running costs down
The 1.2 TSI petrol, is relatively cheap to buy and can return 51.4mpg and emit 127g/km of CO2, and so is likely to find favour with private owners looking for an economical option. The mid-range 1.4 TSI petrol is pleasingly efficient too, returning 47.9mpg and 136g/km of CO2.
The 2.0 TDI can return up to 61.4mpg while emitting a relatively low 119g/km, although the DSG gearbox option drops economy to 58.9mpg while CO2 rises to 127g/km.
The 148bhp diesel Beetle is in group 17 for insurance, while the entry-level cars are in groups 10 and 11.
While it didn’t launch to the fanfare of the New Beetle in 1997, there’s still demand for the latest car and residual values are pretty reasonable. All versions are predicted to hold onto at least 40 per cent of their value after three years.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Beetle reviewVolkswagen's iconic Beetle has traded cuteness for a sporty feel. But it can't match the MINI for driving fun
- 2Engines, performance and driveLively engines and a competent chassis mean the Beetle drives well – but it’s not as much fun as a MINI
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingDecent ecnomy from the strong engine range should keep the running costs down
- 4Interior, design and technologyMore aggressively styled and more premium – the Beetle has upped its game
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceA ‘regular’ hatchback is more practical, but the Beetle is certainly not a lost cause
- 6Reliability and SafetySharing a previous generation Golf platform leaves the Beetle slightly behind the curve