Car reviews - Volkswagen - Beetle - 2.0 Ikon 3-dr hatch
Only the familiar bug silhouette remained with the 'New Beetle' of 2000
29 Mar 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
IT'S always good to see a new car that breaks fresh styling ground while successfully re-interpreting old styling themes. The VW Beetle is a bold, likeable design that brings smiles to frazzled drivers in peak-hour traffic. It is a quality car, very much like a Golf to drive (it shares mechanicals) although it's no rocketship. The downsides are a lack of back seat space, the small boot and a rather lofty price.
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Model release date: 1 January 2000 to 1 November 2009
Did you know?1. The original VW Beetle was first conceived by Ferdinand Porsche in the late 1920s
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The last Beetle to be sold in Australia was never officially called a Beetle. With a 1.6-litre air-cooled "boxer" engine mounted behind the rear axle it was anything but conventional. Despite having substantially less power than the new car, it was also less economical and less spacious.
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