Customers in the United Kingdom are now going crazy over a bug – the new Volkswagen Beetle powered by either a 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI turbodiesel engine, or a 2.0-litre 200 PS TSI turbocharged petrol engine. A Beetle powered by the 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI turbodiesel engine could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 123 mph. The TSI engine, meanwhile, offers more power, allowing the Beetle to accelerate from zero to sixty in 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 139 mph. It also could return 57.6 mpg combined economy, and emit just 129 g of Carbon Dioxide per kilometer traveled. Both versions are available with transmission options of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearboxes.
While the TDI version comes in either mid-level Design or top-line Sport trim, the TSI model is available in Sport or special-edition Turbo Black and Turbo Silver specification. The special-edition specification features ‘Turbo’ decals in either silver or black along the side, door mirrors in silver or black, the door rubbing strip in body colour, and 19-inch ‘Tornado’ alloys. The Design trim features 17-inch alloy wheels in two style options, an RCD 510 DAB CD/radio with MDI multi-device interface, Bluetooth telephone preparation, front fog lights, an alarm, manual air conditioning, rear Isofix preparation, multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel and body-coloured door and dashboard panels.
The Sport specification, meanwhile, features 18-inch alloys in different style options, cruise control, parking sensors, sports seats, gloss black door mirrors, tinted glass, gloss black dashboard and door panel and 2Zone electronic climate control. The TSI version is fitted with specification highlights over and above all other models: four-link rear suspension, twin chromed exhaust pipes, red brake calipers and a body-coloured rear diffuser.