As we celebrate our 12th Anniversary, we drove the Iconic Beetle around town for exact 12 days!
ICON– If I had to define the Beetle in a single word, that would be it. Beetle has defined Volkswagen as a brand for almost 6 decades and is one of most iconic cars of the automotive industry. The bubbly bug has quite an inoffensive automotive design which is quite recognizable as well. From the legendary pedestrian crossing picture of “The Beatles” to the most recent update, the Bug has strongly withstood the challenge of time.
You, your parents and even your grandparents might have seen the Beetle either in person or at the cinemas.
Beetle is among the most iconic cars of this century and it still maintains the retro styling cues that were first seen in 1938. All the designers who were a part of the second edition of the Tech Fashion Tour had great things to say about the Beetle.
The 21st Century Beetle is loaded with technology like a touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, push-button start, ESP, ABS. ASR traction control, auto start stop, and even a coasting function.
RETRO YET MODERN
Under the hood of the Beetle is a 1.4-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine which produces 148bhp of power along with 250Nm of torque. It is coupled with a 7-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox which extracts the most out of this engine. The car surges forward with a rush of power if you floor the accelerator pedal aggressively and Volkswagen’s claimed sub-10 second 0-100 acceleration figure is quite achievable.
The third-generation Beetle is based on the Jetta (uses the PQ 35 platform, not the modern MQB). Yes, it isn’t as exciting and involving to drive as the Mini Cooper S but again, driving isn’t the main USP of the bug. It feels well-planted at triple digit speeds and doing long highway journeys in the Beetle won’t be a problem.
Driving the Beetle over the last 12 days has made me realize the fact that when you buy something as iconic as a Beetle, you just don’t drive, you make a fashion statement. With its iconic past and the retro design elements, the Beetle will make sure that you always arrive in style!