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Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 TSI

Posted on: May 02, 2017

The Beetle is probably the most iconic car Volkswagen produced or we can say, the Beetle is actually the most iconic car in the world thanks to its first generation where the Beetle was used to empower a lot of revolution from the dark ages of Hitler to the peaceful movement of the hippies where the Beetle was called “The Love Bug”. Would you believe the first generation beetle was actually produced until 2012?

Essentially, the Beetle is currently on its third generation and what’s really great is the iconic styling from the first generation was retained. There are quite few changes from the original like the layout of the drivetrain where the original is rear engine and rear wheel drive compared to the front engine, front wheel drive layout of the new generation Beetle. Having that iconic styling means it standouts a lot in the city. People who likes to be different and noticed will do well with this vehicle while the oldies that owned or admired the original will put a smile on their face. Overall, the size might have increased over the first gen Beetle but surely you can never mistake it for another car.

Inside, it is as modern as it gets. Materials used inside was premium enough to be a Volkswagen. There are buttons on the steering wheel for hands-free operation of your phone and the multimedia system. The dashboard is simple yet straightforward with silver accents for added style. Sadly, there is no touch screen for the multimedia system but at least there is Bluetooth connectivity. Automatic climate controlled air conditioning system was also absent. A bit surprising with the Beetle’s price where a lot of competitors that costs less already features an intuitive multimedia system and one or two climate control system. Space inside is abundant for the front passengers, but the rear seats are best suited for the kids. Visibility is great which can be attributed to its iconic design.

The Beetle is currently available with two engine options, a 1.2 liter and 1.4 liter engine that is both turbocharged. The 1.2 liter is paired with a 6 speed manual transmission while the 1.4 liter is coupled with a 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Our test unit was the 1.4 liter TSI variant called the Design. Overall, power delivery is smooth especially for a Turbocharged engine and its DSG tranny is refined. Sadly, we haven’t tested this drivetrain through its paces on the highway.

The short wheelbase of the Beetle contributes to its sure-footed handling. Its ride comfort may be on the taut side but nothing close to uncomfortable. Body roll is very minimal and the Beetle feels light on its feet. This kind of set-up benefits those who are aggressive and wants handling characteristics close to a sports car.

Overall, the Volkswagen Beetle is a great car. Rewarding perhaps because of the history behind it. There is only one thing that might hinder an individual in considering the Beetle. Its steep price. Quite contradictory to the original purpose of the original Beetle. To provide affordable means of transportation for the masses. At almost 1.8 million pesos, it’s not the most practical vehicle nor the sportiest to have. What you get is an iconic styling car that makes your point A to point B transport more special than others.

Engine: 1.4 TSI inline 4 cylinder
Power: 160hp
Torque: 177 lb-ft
Transmission: 7 speed DSG
Price: P1,790,000

Written by J.I. Alvarez

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