Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Car Profiles - Volkswagen Beetle

VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE

The icon is back but rather than being relegated to the mass market, it aspires to be in the niche market. For nearly the price of a Thailand made SUV, you get limited seats and TSI engines - a novelty locally. If you don't give a damn towards practicality and love VWs, you have a winner.

The Good: There's ample space inside
The Bad: Very expensive for a small car

Price Range: P1,590,000-P1,790,000
Our Rating: ***



OWNERSHIP DETAILS1.4 TDI1.2 TSI
PriceP1,790,000P1,590,000
Warranty3 Years or 100,000kms3 Years or 100,000kms
ENGINE SPECS
Engine1.4 DOHC 16V I4 TSI with Twincharger1.2 DOHC 16V I4 TSI with Turbocharger
Horsepower158hp @ 5,800rpm104hp @ 4,500rpm
Torque240Nm @ 1,500-4,500rpm175Nm @ 1,400rpm
Fuel TypeGasoline/95 OctaneGasoline/95 Octane
Fuel SystemDirect InjectDirect Inject
Transmission7-Speed Direct Shift Gearbox6-Speed Manual
Fuel Tank Capacity55 Liters55 Liters
DIMENSIONS
Length4,278mm4,278mm
Width1,808mm1,808mm
Height1,486mm1,486mm
Wheelbase2,537mm2,537mm
Curb Weight
Body Style3-Door Coupe3-Door Coupe
Engine/Drive TypeFront Engine/Front Wheel DriveFront Engine/Front Wheel Drive
Seating55
SUSPENSION & TIRES
Front SuspensionMcPherson Strut with StabilizerMcPherson Strut with Stabilizer
Rear Suspension4 Link with Stabilizer4 Link with Stabilizer
Front BrakesDiscDisc
Rear BrakesDiscDisc
Tires215/55 R17215/60 R16
Wheels17 Inch Alloy16 Inch Alloy
SAFETY
Airbags6 (With Front Passenger Airbag Deactivation)6 (With Front Passenger Airbag Deactivation)
Anti-Lock BrakesYes, With Brake AssistYes, With Brake Assist
Traction/Stability ControlYes, Electronic Stability ProgramYes, Electronic Stability Program
Other Safety FeaturesAdds: NoneHill Hold, ISOFIX Seats, 8-Channel Park Distance Control with Acoustic Warning Signal, Anti-Theft System "Plus" with Passenger Compartment Control/Back-Up Horn/Towing Protection
EXTERIOR
Fog LampsFrontNone
Other Exterior FeaturesAdds: Bi-Xenon Head Lights with Automatic Headlight Activation and LED Daytime Running Lights, Green Heat-Insulating Glass in Side and Rear Windows, Body Color Door Handles/Side Protective Moulding with Chrome Strips and Rear SpoilerHalogen Headlights with Automatic Headlight Activation and Separate Daytime Running Lights, Light Absorbing Glass in Side and Rear Windows, Black Side Protective Moulding
INTERIOR
Steering Wheel AdjustmentTiltTilt
Steering Wheel MaterialLeatherLeather
Seating AdjustmentManualManual
Seating MaterialFabricFabric
Other Interior FeaturesAdds: Front Center Armrest, Cruise Control, Chrome Accents, Glove Box with Beetle Tray and Glasses Compartment, Back Storage Pockets on Front SeatsMulti Function Display, Electronic Speedometer/Tachometer/Trip Meter, Foldable Rear Seats, Front and Rear 12V Sockets
CONVENIENCE FEATURES
Power AmenitiesSteering, Windows, Door Locks, MirrorsSteering, Windows, Door Locks, Mirrors
Climate ControlManualManual
Audio SystemAM/FM/CD/MP3/USB/AUXAM/FM/CD/MP3/USB/AUX
Speakers88
Steering Wheel ControlsYes, Multi Function Display, Audio, and Telephone ControlsYes, Multi Function Display, Audio, and Telephone Controls
AlarmYesYes
Keyless EntryYesYes
RIVALSAudi A1, BMW 1 Series, Lexus CT, Mercedes Benz A Class, Volvo V40

See previous generation models of the Beetle:
Volkswagen New Beetle (2000-2006)

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